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. 2013 cost of living index in Webster County: 84.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (44.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 20%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 79%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Webster County, West Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (98.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
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 2013: $27,786 ($21,055 in 1999)

This county:

$27786
West Virginia:

$41253

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $322 (lower quartile is $153, upper quartile is $397)
This county:

$322
State:

$461


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $67,159 (it was $39,900 in 2000)
Webster:

$67,159
West Virginia:

$103,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $35,773 - $108,211
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $652
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $249

Institutionalized population: 58
Webster County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $243 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $248 (0.4%)

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 2013: 25.2%
(25.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 47.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 26.1%
Webster County:

26.1%
West Virginia:

18.5%
(26.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 51.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 45 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 88 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 68 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.1%
West Virginia:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 21
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 7
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 8

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Webster County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant7839
Mainline Protestant76813
Other3052
Catholic761
None7,222-
Webster 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: 7
Webster County:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.06 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Webster County:

5.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

6.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Webster County:

13.3%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Webster County:

31.5%
State:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 near West Virginia state average. It is 82% 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 191.4 miles away from Webster 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 207.2 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 218.3 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 151.5 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 120.9 miles away from Webster County center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 125.1 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 Webster County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Landslides: 4, Mudslides: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 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 (%):

  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (61%)
  • United Kingdom (21%)
  • Austria (8%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Italy (5%)

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

  • United States or American (55%)
  • German (10%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • English (6%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • Scottish (1%)

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 2010 was $46,148.

10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties between 2010 and 2011.1,000 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



4.50% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,112 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.50%
West Virginia average:

5.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.14% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($24,056 average AGI)
1.37% relocated to other states ($7,056 average AGI)
Webster County:

1.37%
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 Nicholas County, WV  1.44% ($36,250 average AGI)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 13.1

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.

1,497 married couples with children.
544 single-parent households (151 men, 393 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 118
  • 2000 to 2004: 275
  • 1990 to 1999: 552
  • 1980 to 1989: 744
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,310
  • 1960 to 1969: 498
  • 1950 to 1959: 605
  • 1940 to 1949: 541
  • 1939 or earlier: 742
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Webster County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $605,000
    Financial Administration: $292,000
    General - Other: $290,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $256,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $140,000
    Police Protection: $134,000
    General Public Buildings: $118,000
    Health Services - Other: $70,000
    Housing & Community Development: $42,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,200,000

Webster County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $153,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $49,000
    Interest Earnings: $14,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $376,000
    All Other: $101,000
  • Tax - Property: $975,000
    Public Utilities: $115,000
    Other Selective Sales: $40,000
    NEC: $18,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $0
    Individual Income: $0

Webster County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,100,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Webster County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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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