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. 2013 cost of living index in Roane County: 85.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (24.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (23.0%), Construction (17.3%), Retail trade (16.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 42%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 37%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Roane County, West Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.9%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.7%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years
Males: 7,384  (51.2%)
Females: 7,542  (48.8%)

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 2013: $28,658 ($24,511 in 1999)

This county:

$28658
West Virginia:

$41253

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $382 (lower quartile is $275, upper quartile is $481)
This county:

$382
State:

$461


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $85,808 (it was $56,400 in 2000)
Roane:

$85,808
West Virginia:

$103,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $47,453 - $153,730
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $814
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $228

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:

  • 2007: 78 buildings, average cost: $66,500
  • 2008: 52 buildings, average cost: $66,300
  • 2009: 35 buildings, average cost: $67,000

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $391 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $336 (0.4%)

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 2013: 24.8%
(24.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 32.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 48.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 29.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 25.7%
Roane County:

25.7%
West Virginia:

18.5%
(25.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 37.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 48.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 32.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, American Indian residents: 76 years old, Asian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 15 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.1%
West Virginia:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 36
  • 1990 to 1994: 17
  • 1985 to 1989: 7
  • 1980 to 1984: 8
  • 1975 to 1979: 6
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 8
  • 1965 to 1969: 15

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Roane County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,10030
Evangelical Protestant5289
Other2182
Black Protestant1811
Catholic1601
None11,739-
Roane County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Roane County:

3.94 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Roane County:

7.22 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
This county:

1.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Roane County:

11.9%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Roane County:

31.3%
State:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 47909089.7 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Roane County-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 144.4 miles away from Roane County center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 198.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 199.9 miles away from the county center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 142.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 109.2 miles away from Roane County center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 112.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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: 4, Landslides: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Germany (19%)
  • Korea (19%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (18%)
  • Mexico (15%)
  • United Kingdom (11%)
  • Philippines (8%)
  • Chile (6%)

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

  • United States or American (47%)
  • German (12%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • English (10%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • Scottish (1%)

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:

  • 94 people in nursing homes
  • 7 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 3 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 2 people in other group homes
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

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

  • 92 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 3 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 3 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $43,146.

4.80% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,678 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.80%
West Virginia average:

5.16%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.13% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($23,700 average AGI)
1.67% relocated from other states ($10,974 average AGI)
Roane County:

1.67%
West Virginia average:

2.69%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kanawha County, WV  1.25% ($33,500 average AGI)
from Calhoun County, WV  0.42% ($16,850)
from Jackson County, WV  0.35% ($24,118)
from Clay County, WV  0.23% ($21,455)


5.62% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,640 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.62%
West Virginia average:

5.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.05% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($22,614 average AGI)
1.57% relocated to other states ($9,029 average AGI)
Roane County:

1.57%
West Virginia average:

2.66%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kanawha County, WV  1.49% ($30,875 average AGI)
to Jackson County, WV  0.60% ($28,414)
to Calhoun County, WV  0.43% ($22,952)
to Clay County, WV  0.25% ($32,750)
to Wood County, WV  0.25% ($44,333)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 12.5

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.

2,516 married couples with children.
749 single-parent households (220 men, 529 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 195
  • 2000 to 2004: 630
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,144
  • 1980 to 1989: 925
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,537
  • 1960 to 1969: 523
  • 1950 to 1959: 801
  • 1940 to 1949: 476
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,173
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Roane County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Roane County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid1
Ford1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
MasterBrand Cabinets2Wendy's1

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