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Wetzel County, West Virginia (WV)


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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:

22%
State:

27%

Land area: 359 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 46 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 4%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Wetzel County, West Virginia:


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

Males: 8,139  (51.8%)
Females: 8,444  (48.2%)

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Wetzel County,WV real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Wetzel County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,996 ($30,935 in 1999)
This county:

$38996
West Virginia:

$37435

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $344 (lower quartile is $214, upper quartile is $439)
This county:

$344
State:

$415


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $82,817 (it was $59,900 in 2000)
Wetzel County:

$82,817
West Virginia:

$94,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $48,636 - $122,756

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $110,903
Here:

$110,903
State:

$134,377

Townhouses or other attached units: $117,824
Here:

$117,824
State:

$154,643

In 2-unit structures: $16,028
Here:

$16,028
State:

$132,801

Mobile homes: $45,212
Here:

$45,212
State:

$32,459
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $920
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $241

Institutionalized population: 109

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


Wetzel County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

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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%)


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


Wetzel County contract rent distribution in 2009

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:
This county:

19.8%
Whole state:

17.9%

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

7.3%
Whole state:

7.6%

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.

Cities in this county include: New Martinsville, Pine Grove, Reader, Hundred, Littleton, Jacksonburg, Smithfield.

Wetzel County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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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

Reservoir: Conner Run Dam (A). Display/hide its location 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

Park in Wetzel County: Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Doddridge County , Harrison County , Marion County , Marshall County , Greene County, Pennsylvania , Monongalia County , Tyler County , Monroe County, Ohio .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 464
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 67 (63% naturalized citizens)

Wetzel County:

0.4%
Whole state:

1.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 64.2%

Wetzel County marital status for males
Wetzel County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Wetzel County with a mortgage: 1,810 (104 second mortgage, 214 home equity loan, 10 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,982

Here:

47.7% with mortgage
State:

52.3% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 49.27%
Here49.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 8,718
Total congregations: 74

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristCatholic ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristAmerican Baptist Churches in the USA
Adherents2,344 (26.9%)1,831 (21.0%)691 (7.9%)620 (7.1%)541 (6.2%)
Congregations18 (24.3%)26 (35.1%)2 (2.7%)3 (4.1%)3 (4.1%)
NameChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Church of the NazareneLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionOther
Adherents485 (5.6%)432 (5.0%)303 (3.5%)255 (2.9%)1,216 (13.9%)
Congregations1 (1.4%)3 (4.1%)1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)16 (21.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Wetzel County - New Martinsville, Pine Grove, Reader, Hundred, Littleton

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

3.65 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Wetzel County:

0.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.

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

0.61 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

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

6.70 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 14
Wetzel County:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.1%
West Virginia:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Wetzel County:

14.1%
State:

13.1%


Agriculture in Wetzel County:

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

Tornado activity:

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:


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).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Chemicals (19%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Metal and metal products (11%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Utilities (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Chemicals (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • 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%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • 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 (%):





Wetzel County mode of transportation to work chart

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:

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)

Here:

5.91%
West Virginia average:

5.65%


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)
Wetzel County:

2.75%
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 Tyler County, WV  0.91% ($21,071 average AGI)
to Monroe County, OH  0.42% ($28,846)
to Monongalia County, WV  0.42% ($23,308)
to Marshall County, WV  0.40% ($33,240)
to Marion County, WV  0.29% ($28,778)
to Harrison County, WV  0.19% ($19,583)
to Wood County, WV  0.16% ($24,000)

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:

Households: 16,459

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.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,907 1-person, 252 2-persons, 23 3-persons, 15 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 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:

Births: 1,016
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,093
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -484
Here -28 per 1000 residents
State +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:
Here:

6.0
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.5

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Wetzel County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 43
  • 3 rooms: 92
  • 4 rooms: 489
  • 5 rooms: 1,478
  • 6 rooms: 1,437
  • 7 rooms: 962
  • 8 rooms: 605
  • 9+ rooms: 516
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 35
  • 3 rooms: 220
  • 4 rooms: 425
  • 5 rooms: 451
  • 6 rooms: 205
  • 7 rooms: 115
  • 8 rooms: 49
  • 9+ rooms: 40
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Wetzel County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 12
  • 1 bedroom: 126
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,249
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,110
  • 4 bedrooms: 930
  • 5+ bedrooms: 195
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 252
  • 2 bedrooms: 774
  • 3 bedrooms: 384
  • 4 bedrooms: 93
  • 5+ bedrooms: 30
Cars and other vehicles available in Wetzel County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 352
  • 1 vehicle: 1,696
  • 2 vehicles: 2,497
  • 3 vehicles: 837
  • 4 vehicles: 184
  • 5+ vehicles: 56
  • no vehicle: 448
  • 1 vehicle: 658
  • 2 vehicles: 377
  • 3 vehicles: 51
  • 4 vehicles: 2
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

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.

Wetzel County:

67.6%
State average:

63.6%


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


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
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (76.3%)
  • Electricity (9.1%)
  • Wood (7.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.7%)
  • Utility gas (63.6%)
  • Electricity (27.5%)
  • Wood (6.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 14
Here:

0.7%
West Virginia:

5.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 19
Here:

1.8%
West Virginia:

4.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 49
Here:

11.3%
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 Debt

Wetzel County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Wetzel County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Wetzel County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Wetzel County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Wetzel 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 Wetzel County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John15674.0 years
Mary15077.6 years
William14275.2 years
James11372.3 years
Charles10773.2 years
Robert7669.4 years
George7176.5 years
Harry5277.0 years
Thomas5074.0 years
Margaret4679.4 years
Most common last names in Wetzel County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5576.1 years
Miller5073.0 years
Taylor4776.2 years
Thomas4278.9 years
Moore3677.1 years
Schupbach3677.9 years
Morris3372.3 years
Lemasters3379.3 years
Anderson3276.1 years
Pyles3278.3 years
Businesses in Wetzel County, WV
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1McDonald's1
AT&T1Nike1
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
Arby's1RadioShack1
AutoZone1Rite Aid2
Burger King1Subway2
Domino's Pizza1Taco Bell1
FedEx2True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
KFC1UPS2
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Long John Silver's1Wendy's1
MasterBrand Cabinets4
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