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Webster County, West Virginia (WV)


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County population in 2012: 9,043 (all rural); it was 9,719 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,112
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,850
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,170
Renter-occupied apartments: 830 (it was 840 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

27%

Land area: 556 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 16 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Webster County: 84.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (27.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (17.2%), Retail trade (11.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 80%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 3%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Webster County, West Virginia:


Median resident age:  44.0 years
West Virginia median age:  41.0 years

Males: 4,531  (52.3%)
Females: 4,623  (47.7%)

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Average household size:
Webster County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $26,542 ($21,055 in 1999)
This county:

$26542
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $274 (lower quartile is $162, upper quartile is $380)
This county:

$274
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $58,520 (it was $39,900 in 2000)
Webster County:

$58,520
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $35,038 - $89,363

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $74,860
Here:

$74,860
State:

$134,377

Mobile homes: $76,712
Here:

$76,712
State:

$32,459

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $4,058
Here:

$4,058
State:

$30,386
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $838
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $204

Institutionalized population: 58

Webster County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $225 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $142 (0.3%)


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


Webster County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 23.2%
(23.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 21.9% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 58 years old, Asian residents: 61 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 16 years old, Other race residents: 11 years old)

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

31.8%
Whole state:

17.9%

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

13.7%
Whole state:

7.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Webster County is $396 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $459 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $562 a month.

Cities in this county include: Addison (Webster Springs), Cowen, Camden-on-Gauley, Bergoo.

Webster 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 Webster County: Cranberry Campground (A), Prestonia (B), Big Mountain Lookout Tower (C), Twin Branches (D), Three Forks of Williams River (E), Point Mountain Lookout Tower (F), Red Oak Lookout Tower (G), Samp (H), Pleasant Hollow Camping Shelter (I), Summit (J), Camp Caesar (K), McGuire Mountain (L), Mountain View Golf Course (M), Dogway Camping Shelter (N), Erbacon Volunteer Fire Department (O), Hacker Valley Volunteer Fire Department (P), Diana Volunteer Fire Department (Q). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Webster County include: Holly River Church (A), Walnut Grove Chapel (B), Union Valley Church (C), Laurel Mountain Church (D), Bethany Church (E), Long Run Church (F), Sand Lick Church (G), Chestnut Bottom Church (H), Chestnut Grove Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Fairview Cemetery (1), Hoover Cemetery (2), Blacks Chapel Cemetery (3), Boggs Cemetery (4), Vance Cemetery (5), Green Cemetery (6), Williams Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Ceasar Lake (A), Camp Caesar Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Sugar Run (A), Steps Run (B), Steps Gap Run (C), Spruce Fork (D), Short Run (E), Shop Run (F), Schoolhouse Run (G), Rockcamp Run (H), Roaring Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Webster County include: Cranberry Wildlife Management Area (1), Bishop Knob Recreation Area (2), Big Ditch Wildlife Management Area (3), Holly River State Park (4), Cranberry Back Country (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Braxton County , Greenbrier County , Lewis County , Nicholas County , Pocahontas County , Randolph County , Upshur County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 152
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 58.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 38 (66% naturalized citizens)

Webster County:

0.4%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.2%

Webster County marital status for males
Webster County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Webster County with a mortgage: 721 (25 second mortgage, 33 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 966

Here:

42.7% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 18.90%
Here18.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 1,837
Total congregations: 26

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Methodist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionPentecostal Church of GodOther
Adherents700 (38.1%)473 (25.7%)264 (14.4%)129 (7.0%)271 (14.8%)
Congregations4 (15.4%)13 (50.0%)3 (11.5%)1 (3.8%)5 (19.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Webster County - Addison (Webster Springs), Cowen, Camden-on-Gauley, Bergoo

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.06 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

5.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Webster County:

6.37 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

13.3%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.5%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Webster County:

11.9%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Webster County:

Average size of farms: 102 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $1,356
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $34.00
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 66.37%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $3,299
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.13%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.20%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $17,317
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 98.18%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.43
Vegetables: 6 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 10 acres

Earthquake activity:

Webster County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below West Virginia state average. It is 97% 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 40.3 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 68.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Webster County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Landslides: 4, Mudslides: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Wood products (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (16%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (13%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Health care (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Health care (30%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Food and beverage stores (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Extraction workers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
  • Cashiers (10%)
  • Registered nurses (7%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)

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




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





Webster County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,939 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 635 (23%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 21 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 6 (0%)
  • Walked: 76 (3%)
  • Other means: 34 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 98 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


57 people in nursing homes
3 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
58 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $39,173.

10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties between 2005 and 2006.1,000 average adjusted gross income)


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties in West Virginia.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other states.

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



4.56% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,344 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.56%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.53% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($22,844 average AGI)
1.03% relocated to other states ($5,508 average AGI)
Webster County:

1.03%
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 Nicholas County, WV  1.25% ($26,057 average AGI)
to Braxton County, WV  0.39% ($21,636)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.9

Births per 1000 population in Webster County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Webster County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 13.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 2.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Webster County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,185 (1,476 aged, 709 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: 10.15
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4071.480
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 152.3
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38014.01

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 907.790
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1193.390

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 19.55
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 51

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,096

Size of family households: 1,251 2-persons, 629 3-persons, 436 4-persons, 186 5-persons, 60 6-persons, 33 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,006 1-person, 170 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

98.5% of residents of Webster County speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (52% speak English very well, 33% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (86% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $79,388,000 ($8061 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $627,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $33,763,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,568,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $103,000
Federal grants: $27,472,000
Federal procurement contracts: $298,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,184,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $132,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $890,000
Federal Government insurance: $15,953,000

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

Births: 504
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 606
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +11
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +191
Here:

+19 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Webster County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.45 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Webster County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 20
  • 2 rooms: 23
  • 3 rooms: 81
  • 4 rooms: 543
  • 5 rooms: 796
  • 6 rooms: 768
  • 7 rooms: 438
  • 8 rooms: 274
  • 9+ rooms: 227
  • 1 room: 16
  • 2 rooms: 69
  • 3 rooms: 57
  • 4 rooms: 211
  • 5 rooms: 246
  • 6 rooms: 115
  • 7 rooms: 55
  • 8 rooms: 37
  • 9+ rooms: 34
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Webster County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 34
  • 1 bedroom: 90
  • 2 bedrooms: 833
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,655
  • 4 bedrooms: 449
  • 5+ bedrooms: 109
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 115
  • 2 bedrooms: 317
  • 3 bedrooms: 307
  • 4 bedrooms: 57
  • 5+ bedrooms: 24
Cars and other vehicles available in Webster County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 258
  • 1 vehicle: 1,053
  • 2 vehicles: 1,275
  • 3 vehicles: 444
  • 4 vehicles: 107
  • 5+ vehicles: 33
  • no vehicle: 248
  • 1 vehicle: 345
  • 2 vehicles: 208
  • 3 vehicles: 21
  • 4 vehicles: 16
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

70% of Webster County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 62% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 34% lived in West Virginia.

Webster County:

69.6%
State average:

63.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $14,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 15%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 13%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Webster County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.1%)
  • Electricity (22.5%)
  • Wood (22.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (14.9%)
  • Coal or coke (6.3%)
  • Utility gas (0.7%)
  • Electricity (37.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.8%)
  • Wood (18.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (10.2%)
  • Coal or coke (6.2%)
  • No fuel used (1.8%)
  • Other fuel (1.4%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

2.0%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 11
Here:

1.9%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7
Here:

6.0%
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.)


Expenditure Revenue

Webster County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Webster County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Webster County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Webster County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James2968.9 years
William2769.0 years
Mary2178.3 years
George1871.8 years
John1773.9 years
Charles1669.2 years
Robert1365.0 years
Kenneth863.6 years
Albert878.9 years
Ernest867.5 years
Most common last names in Webster County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Woods2272.0 years
Carpenter1875.6 years
Williams1774.3 years
Miller1576.2 years
Wright1476.2 years
Hamrick1374.0 years
Cogar1272.7 years
Bragg1270.8 years
Thomas1278.7 years
Roberts1175.9 years

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