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Roane County, West Virginia (WV)


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County population in 2012: 14,684 (20% urban, 80% rural); it was 15,446 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,196
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,653
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,905
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,346 (it was 1,256 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

27%

Land area: 484 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 31 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Roane County: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (24.0%), Retail trade (17.5%), Construction (12.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 78%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Roane County, West Virginia:


Median resident age:  43.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years

Males: 7,384  (51.2%)
Females: 7,542  (48.8%)

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Roane County,WV real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Roane County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,898 ($24,511 in 1999)
This county:

$30898
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $322 (lower quartile is $218, upper quartile is $435)
This county:

$322
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $78,268 (it was $56,400 in 2000)
Roane County:

$78,268
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $45,857 - $120,761

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $116,915
Here:

$116,915
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $183,952
Here:

$183,952
State:

$154,643

In 2-unit structures: $231,619
Here:

$231,619
State:

$132,801

Mobile homes: $100,666
Here:

$100,666
State:

$32,459

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $20,288
Here:

$20,288
State:

$30,386
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $739
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $211

Institutionalized population: 92

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Roane County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $262 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $212 (0.3%)


Roane County household income distribution in 2009 Roane County home values distribution


Roane County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 25.8%
(25.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 44.4% for other race residents, 47.4% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 52 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

22.6%
Whole state:

17.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

8.8%
Whole state:

7.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Roane County is $400 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $485 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $630 a month.

Cities in this county include: Spencer, Reedy.

Roane County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Roane County: Left Hand (A), Tariff (B), Sandy Brae Golf Course (C), Roane County Country Club Golf Course (D), Clover Volunteer Fire Department (E), West Virginia Division of Forestry Roane - Clay County Field Office (F), Walton Volunteer Fire Department (G), Gandeeville - Harmony Volunteer Fire Department (H), Roane County Emergency Squad 17 (I), Newton Volunteer Fire Department (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Roane County include: Walker Chapel (A), Hundley Chapel (B), Hurricane Church (C), Island Run Church (D), Keffer Church (E), Triump Church (F), Triplett Church (G), Straight Creek Church (H), Stoney Point United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Eplin Chapel Cemetery (1), Harold Cemetery (2), J Herbert Smith Cemetery (3), Shadydale Cemetery (4), Pleasant Grove Cemetery (5), Fox Cemetery (6), Mount Zion Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Trotter (A), Silcott Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tucker Run (A), Triplett Run (B), Toms Run (C), Sycamore Fork (D), Sycamore Creek (E), Sycamore Branch (F), Sweet Grape Run (G), Swallow Branch (H), Summers Fork (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Roane County include: Grace Community Park (1), Alford Park (2), Taylor Public Hunting Area (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Calhoun County , Clay County , Jackson County , Kanawha County , Wirt County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 278
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 66.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 97 (45% naturalized citizens)

Roane County:

0.6%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 34.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 59.6%

Roane County marital status for males
Roane County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Roane County with a mortgage: 1,180 (20 second mortgage, 52 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,144

Here:

50.8% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 24.41%
Here24.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,771
Total congregations: 48

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of the NazareneSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents1,839 (48.8%)916 (24.3%)454 (12.0%)276 (7.3%)80 (2.1%)
Congregations17 (35.4%)20 (41.7%)1 (2.1%)2 (4.2%)1 (2.1%)
NameChurches of ChristSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchInternational Pentecostal Holiness ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents73 (1.9%)55 (1.5%)45 (1.2%)22 (0.6%)11 (0.3%)
Congregations2 (4.2%)1 (2.1%)1 (2.1%)1 (2.1%)2 (4.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Roane County - Spencer, Reedy

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

3.94 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Roane County:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Roane County:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
This county:

7.22 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Roane County:

1.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.9%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.3%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Roane County:

18.8%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Roane County:

Average size of farms: 184 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $5,928
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $29.98
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.94%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 86.00%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $8,716
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 15.04%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.05%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $21,039
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 97.21%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.61
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.31%
Vegetables: 26 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 10 acres

Tornado activity:

Roane County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below West Virginia state average. It is 7.8 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Roane County-area historical earthquake activity is below West Virginia state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/22/1991 at 01:01:20, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 9.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 82.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/1991 at 18:34:51, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 34.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Roane County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Landslides: 2, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Apparel (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Roane County (%):





Roane County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,011 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 1,036 (19%)
  • Walked: 104 (2%)
  • Other means: 34 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 193 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Roane County, West Virginia in 2000:

People in group quarters in Roane County, West Virginia in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $39,288.

5.31% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,840 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.31%
West Virginia average:

5.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.43% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($20,837 average AGI)
1.88% relocated from other states ($10,004 average AGI)
Roane County:

1.88%
West Virginia average:

3.05%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Kanawha County, WV  1.41% ($39,000 average AGI)
from Jackson County, WV  0.45% ($27,864)
from Calhoun County, WV  0.27% ($30,308)
from Clay County, WV  0.21% ($8,800)


5.14% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,310 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.14%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.71% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($17,500 average AGI)
1.43% relocated to other states ($7,810 average AGI)
Roane County:

1.43%
West Virginia average:

2.96%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Kanawha County, WV  1.20% ($24,517 average AGI)
to Jackson County, WV  0.83% ($30,400)
to Wood County, WV  0.29% ($20,714)
to Calhoun County, WV  0.21% ($18,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.8

Births per 1000 population in Roane County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Roane County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Roane County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,910 (2,155 aged, 755 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.51
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6113.680
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 390.650
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 47249.17

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1285.130
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1044.980
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 6.49

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 19.55
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 38.94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6.49

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 14,828

Size of family households: 2,016 2-persons, 1,001 3-persons, 707 4-persons, 309 5-persons, 105 6-persons, 55 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,683 1-person, 292 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

98.2% of residents of Roane County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 32% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 17% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (59% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $97,086,000 ($6321 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,501,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $43,909,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $20,466,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $746,000
Federal grants: $27,499,000
Federal procurement contracts: $502,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,964,000 ($1,839,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $605,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $916,000
Federal Government insurance: $9,956,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 903
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 964
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +25
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +34
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Roane County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.64 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Roane County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 37
  • 3 rooms: 154
  • 4 rooms: 523
  • 5 rooms: 1,235
  • 6 rooms: 1,227
  • 7 rooms: 851
  • 8 rooms: 473
  • 9+ rooms: 393
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 50
  • 3 rooms: 154
  • 4 rooms: 295
  • 5 rooms: 347
  • 6 rooms: 214
  • 7 rooms: 107
  • 8 rooms: 51
  • 9+ rooms: 35
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Roane County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 25
  • 1 bedroom: 161
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,166
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,721
  • 4 bedrooms: 670
  • 5+ bedrooms: 162
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 229
  • 2 bedrooms: 518
  • 3 bedrooms: 368
  • 4 bedrooms: 110
  • 5+ bedrooms: 22
Cars and other vehicles available in Roane County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 395
  • 1 vehicle: 1,523
  • 2 vehicles: 2,172
  • 3 vehicles: 585
  • 4 vehicles: 181
  • 5+ vehicles: 49
  • no vehicle: 277
  • 1 vehicle: 603
  • 2 vehicles: 309
  • 3 vehicles: 61
  • 4 vehicles: 4
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

63% of Roane County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 58% lived in West Virginia.

Roane County:

62.6%
State average:

63.6%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $36,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 7%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 6%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Roane County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (60.5%)
  • Electricity (16.1%)
  • Wood (12.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.6%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (67.9%)
  • Electricity (17.4%)
  • Wood (7.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.5%)
  • Other fuel (1.4%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 21
Here:

1.3%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 23
Here:

2.3%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 37
Here:

14.6%
West Virginia:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Roane County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Roane County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Roane County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William8974.9 years
James8673.3 years
John6372.0 years
Charles6271.1 years
Mary5973.9 years
Robert4469.3 years
George3274.4 years
Harry2675.0 years
Ruby2681.0 years
Anna2578.6 years
Most common last names in Roane County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller9376.3 years
Starcher8571.3 years
Smith6376.2 years
Nichols5973.2 years
Webb4780.1 years
Carpenter4573.2 years
Greathouse3375.0 years
Walker3078.6 years
Harper2772.8 years
Davis2573.1 years
Businesses in Roane County, WV
NameCountNameCount
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1UPS1
MasterBrand Cabinets2Walmart1
McDonald's1Wendy's1

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