County population in 2012: 16,422 (46% urban, 54% rural); it was 17,693 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,390 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,018 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,622 Renter-occupied apartments: 1,560 (it was 1,542 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 359 sq. mi. Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 46 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Wetzel County: 85.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (27.2%), Manufacturing (12.9%), Retail trade (11.9%), Construction (10.4%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $472 (0.6%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $377 (0.5%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.9%
(17.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 78.9% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.4% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 41.8% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 20 years old, American Indian residents: 19 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 39 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wetzel County is $409 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $459 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $584 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Wetzel County: Fallen Timber (A), Far (B), Proctor Landing (C), Allen Chapel (D), Silver Hill (E), Folsom Volunteer Fire Department (F), Wileyville Volunteer Fire Department (G), Grandview Volunteer Fire Department (H), Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department (I), Wetzel County Emergency Ambulance Authority Incorporated Station 30 (J). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Wetzel County include: Kirk Ridge Church (A), Laurel Church (B), Thomas Chapel United Methodist Church (C), Antioch Church (D), Ashland Church (E), Long Drain Church (F), Long Valley Church (G), Low Gap Church (H), Sancho Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Fox Cemetery (1), Booth Cemetery (2), Borden Cemetery (3), Freedom Cemetery (4), Brock Cemetery (5), Kilcoyne Cemetery (6), Kiger Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Trough Run (A), Trail Fork (B), Trader Fork (C), Tenmile Run (D), Tea Garden Fork (E), Sugar Run (F), Styles Run (G), Stout Run (H), Stottlemire Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 146 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $2,137 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $28.55 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.72% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 73.97% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $4,173 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.32% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $20,497 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 97.02% Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.33 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.52% Vegetables: 4 harvested acres Land in orchards: 15 acres
Wetzel County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below West Virginia state average. It is 5.8 times below overall U.S. average.
Most recent natural disasters:
West Virginia Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 5, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1903): April 23, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1903, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
West Virginia Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3221): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3221, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides, Incident Period: January 4, 2005 to January 25, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1574): February 1, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1574, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 27, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1558): September 20, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1558, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides, Incident Period: November 11, 2003 to November 30, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1500): November 21, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1500, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
West Virginia Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: February 16, 2003 to March 28, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1455): March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1455, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
West Virginia West Virginia Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 18, 2000 to February 22, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1319): February 28, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1319, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 26, 1998 to July 27, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1229): July 1, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1229, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
West Virginia Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 28, 1997 to March 15, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1168): March 7, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1168, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
West Virginia Flooding, Incident Period: May 15, 1996 to June 10, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1115): May 23, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1115, Natural disaster type: Flood
4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Wetzel County (14) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12 Emergencies Declared: 2
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Landslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
Cooks and food preparation 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 Wetzel County (%):
United States or American (31%)
Means of transportation to work:
Drove a car alone: 4,994 (82%)
Carpooled: 689 (11%)
Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
Taxi: 7 (0%)
Walked: 220 (4%)
Other means: 34 (1%)
Worked at home: 160 (3%)
Owners and renters by unit type in %
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders
People in group quarters in Wetzel County, West Virginia in 2000:
118 people in nursing homes
50 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
2 people in homes for the mentally retarded
109 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
14 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $39,651.
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
5.91% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,148 average adjusted gross income)
West Virginia average:
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.16% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($14,575 average AGI)
2.75% relocated to other states ($13,570 average AGI)
West Virginia average:
Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.4
Births per 1000 population in Wetzel County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population in Wetzel County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.0 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Wetzel County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,964 (3,303 aged, 661 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.87 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10435.24 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 310.890 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 80255.75
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1034.060 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1355.380 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.84
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49.3 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 105.160
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11.68
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 225.5. This is more than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 175.4
Other - 50.1
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 13,901 (3,596 male householders, 1,172 female householders)
3,721 spouses, 4,291 children (3,894 natural, 99 adopted, 298 stepchildren), 343 grandchildren, 96 brothers or sisters, 69 parents, 136 other relatives, 401 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 2,558 (985 male householders (792 living alone)), 1,215 female householders (1,115 living alone)), 358 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 124 (109 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 2,419 2-persons, 1,070 3-persons, 787 4-persons, 324 5-persons, 120 6-persons, 48 7-or-more-persons.
98.4% of residents of Wetzel County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 30% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (17% speak English very well, 33% speak English well, 50% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (61% speak English very well, 39% speak English well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $125,013,000 ($7333 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $2,708,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $63,241,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $25,017,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $120,000 Federal grants: $30,791,000 Federal procurement contracts: $1,019,000 ($253,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $4,826,000 ($1,100,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $847,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,768,000 Federal Government insurance: $29,072,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
59 per 1000 residents
60 per 1000 residents
64 per 1000 residents
61 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: 0
0 per 1000 residents
+2 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -484
-28 per 1000 residents
+6 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Wetzel County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.38 millions of gallons per day (96% from ground, 4% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 72
2000 to 2004: 343
1990 to 1999: 686
1980 to 1989: 1,094
1970 to 1979: 1,304
1960 to 1969: 905
1950 to 1959: 1,171
1940 to 1949: 718
1939 or earlier: 2,124
Rooms in houses/apartments in Wetzel County, West Virginia
68% of Wetzel County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 63% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in West Virginia.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 14664
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $41,500
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Wetzel County