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McDowell County, West Virginia (WV)

County population in 2019: 18,402 (14% urban, 86% rural); it was 27,329 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,545
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,746
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,917
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,885 (it was 2,252 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

27%

Land area: 535 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 34 people per square mile   (low).

March 2019 cost of living index in McDowell County: 82.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (52.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (15.4%), Manufacturing (11.4%), Educational, health and social services (11.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 83%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in McDowell County, WV (2019)
    • 16,33359.8%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,5305.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2560.9%Hispanic or Latino
    • 2300.8%Two or more races
    • 460.2%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 120.04%Asian alone
Median resident age:

45.4 years
West Virginia median age:

42.9 years
Males: 9,458  (51.4%)
Females: 8,944  (48.6%)
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Average household size:
McDowell County:

2.0 people
West Virginia:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $28,949 ($16,931 in 1999)
This county:

$28,949
West Virginia:

$48,850

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $354 (lower quartile is $261, upper quartile is $468)
This county:

$354
State:

$551


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $36,463 (it was $20,800 in 2000)
McDowell:

$36,463
West Virginia:

$124,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $19,032 - $68,517

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $58,797
Here:

$58,797
State:

$165,782

Townhouses or other attached units: $39,882
Here:

$39,882
State:

$183,709

Mobile homes: $55,206
Here:

$55,206
State:

$71,341

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $746
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $270

Institutionalized population: 438

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 21
  • Burglaries: 42
  • Thefts: 50
  • Auto thefts: 21

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 6
  • Burglaries: 34
  • Thefts: 78
  • Auto thefts: 10
McDowell County, WV map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 6 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 1998: 5 buildings, average cost: $47,200
  • 1999: 9 buildings, average cost: $31,500
  • 2000: 10 buildings, average cost: $38,600
  • 2001: 15 buildings, average cost: $92,500
  • 2002: 10 buildings, average cost: $30,000
  • 2003: 7 buildings, average cost: $32,300
  • 2004: 3 buildings, average cost: $74,600
  • 2005: 3 buildings, average cost: $22,900
  • 2006: 3 buildings, average cost: $22,900
  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $22,900
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $22,900
  • 2009: 9 buildings, average cost: $137,700
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 9 buildings, average cost: $85,100
  • 2013: 12 buildings, average cost: $70,700
  • 2014: 7 buildings, average cost: $79,800
  • 2015: 15 buildings, average cost: $64,300
  • 2016: 6 buildings, average cost: $103,900
  • 2017: 3 buildings, average cost: $113,000
  • 2018: 2 buildings, average cost: $151,000
  • 2019: 3 buildings, average cost: $91,300
Number of permits per 10,000 McDowell, WV residents
Average permit cost in McDowell, WV
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $325 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $196 (0.6%)

Distribution of median household income in McDowell, WV in 2019
Distribution of house value in McDowell, WV in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in McDowell, WV in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 30.3%
McDowell County:

30.3%
West Virginia:

16.0%
(30.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.5% for Black residents, 20.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 94.7% for American Indian residents, 23.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 45.4 years old
(Males: 42.9 years old, Females: 48.7 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46.2 years old, Black residents: 47.7 years old, American Indian residents: 43.0 years old, Asian residents: 42.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 37.6 years old, Other race residents: 28.2 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in McDowell 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 $626 a month.

Cities in this county include: Welch, Gary, War, Northfork, Raysal, Keystone, Kimball, Davy, Iaeger, Bradshaw.

McDowell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Neighboring counties: Barton County, Missouri , Mariposa County, California , Greene County, Missouri , Pope County, Illinois , Metcalfe County, Kentucky , York County, Virginia .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

10.3%
West Virginia:

5.7%

Unemployment by year in McDowell, WV
County total employment by year in McDowell, WV
County average yearly wages by year in McDowell, WV

Current college students: 473
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 68.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 5.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 169 (16.2% naturalized citizens)

McDowell County:

0.9%
Whole state:

1.6%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 532010 or later
  • 442000 to 2009
  • 591990 to 1999
  • 41980 to 1989
  • 121970 to 1979
  • 100Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.8%

McDowell County marital status for males McDowell County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 7,861
  • One, attached: 172
  • Two: 113
  • 3 or 4: 175
  • 5 to 9: 60
  • 10 to 19: 1
  • 50 or more: 82
  • Mobile homes: 2,689

Housing units in McDowell County with a mortgage: 848 (0 second mortgage, 10 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,137

Here:

99.4% with mortgage
State:

46.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for McDowell County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,60453
Mainline Protestant91427
Black Protestant53111
Other4712
Catholic3134
None17,280-
McDowell 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: 8
McDowell County:

3.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

1.31 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
McDowell County:

8.70 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
McDowell County:

14.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%

Adult obesity rate:
McDowell County:

32.5%
State:

31.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.8%
State:

13.1%

Agriculture in McDowell County:

Average size of farms: 122 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $6,553
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $11,217
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $41,664
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 100.00%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.45

Earthquake activity:

McDowell County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above West Virginia state average. It is 0% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 204.6 miles away from McDowell County center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 68.9 miles away from the county center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 139.5 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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 21.1 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB) earthquake occurred 25.3 miles away from McDowell County center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 22.9 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:

  • West Virginia Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4517-WV: April 3, 2020, FEMA Id: 4517, Natural disaster type: Other
  • West Virginia Severe Winter Storm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: March 03, 2015 to March 15, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4210: March 31, 2015, FEMA Id: 4210, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • West Virginia Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 29, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3358: October 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 3358, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • West Virginia Severe Storms, Incident Period: June 29, 2012 to July 10, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3345: June 30, 2012, FEMA Id: 3345, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • West Virginia Severe Storms and Straight-Line Winds, Incident Period: June 29, 2012 to July 08, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4071: July 23, 2012, FEMA Id: 4071, Natural disaster type: Storm, Wind
  • West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides, Incident Period: June 12, 2010 to June 29, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1918: June 24, 2010, FEMA Id: 1918, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • West Virginia Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 18, 2009 to December 20, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1881: March 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1881, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides, Incident Period: May 03, 2009 to June 08, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1838: May 15, 2009, FEMA Id: 1838, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: April 14, 2007 to April 18, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1696: May 01, 2007, FEMA Id: 1696, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • West Virginia Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3221: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3221, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 13 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in McDowell County (23) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 18
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 12, Landslides: 8, Mudslides: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - McDowell

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,511 (82.7%)
  • Carpooled: 481 (11.3%)
  • Bus: 18 (0.4%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 35 (0.8%)
  • Walked: 75 (1.8%)
  • Worked at home: 119 (2.8%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Construction and extraction occupations (25%)
  • Transportation occupations (16%)
  • Firefighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (59%)
  • Egypt (8%)
  • Guatemala (8%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • Colombia (7%)
  • Cuba (7%)
  • Guyana (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in McDowell County


  • Irish (19%)
  • German (18%)
  • English (12%)
  • American (9%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • European (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in McDowell County, West Virginia in 2000:

  • 164 people in nursing homes
  • 95 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 34 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 10 people in other nonhousehold living situations

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

  • 332 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 106 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 33 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $39,396.

3.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,841 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.01%
West Virginia average:

5.10%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.43% relocated from other counties in West Virginia ($16,655 average AGI)
1.58% relocated from other states ($15,186 average AGI)
McDowell County:

1.58%
West Virginia average:

2.49%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Mercer County, WV  0.56% ($27,741 average AGI)
from Wyoming County, WV  0.42% ($35,950)


5.71% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,194 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.71%
West Virginia average:

5.62%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.11% relocated to other counties in West Virginia ($17,657 average AGI)
2.61% relocated to other states ($13,541 average AGI)
McDowell County:

2.61%
West Virginia average:

3.00%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Mercer County, WV  1.74% ($26,988 average AGI)
to Tazewell County, VA  0.53% ($36,885)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in McDowell County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 17.3

Deaths per 1000 population in McDowell County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 13.5

Infant deaths per 1000 population in McDowell County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 11.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 4.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in McDowell County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,353 (3,556 aged, 2,797 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 173 (3%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in McDowell County, West Virginia in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (604)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (524)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (463)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (378)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (300)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (129)
  • Accidental poisoning by and exposure to other and unspecified drugs, medicaments and biological substances (100)
  • Unspecified dementia (86)
  • Other ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality (49)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (33)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.04
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4,340
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 437
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33,354

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,240
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,734
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 7
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 21

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 142.2. This is more than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 193.4. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 153.6
  • Other - 39.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 18,402
  • Male householders: 3,171 (929 living alone), Female householders: 4,376 (1,176 living alone)
  • 3,366 spouses (3,366 opposite-sex spouses), 484 unmarried partners, (451 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 3,780 children (3,512 natural, 184 adopted, 75 stepchildren), 1,096 grandchildren, 92 brothers or sisters, 129 parents, 38 foster children, 203 other relatives, 258 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 1,441

Size of family households: 2,632 2-persons, 1,148 3-persons, 710 4-persons, 487 5-persons, 145 6-persons, 34 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,105 1-person, 262 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 5 5-persons.

1,582 married couples with children.
1,044 single-parent households (389 men, 655 women).

98.1% of residents of McDowell speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (49% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 38% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $277,807,000 ($11,235 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,420,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $116,416,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $61,545,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,155,000
Federal grants: $89,553,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,788,000 ($1,531,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $6,350,000 ($1,658,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $365,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $136,000
Federal Government insurance: $47,989,000

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

Births: 1,552
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

60 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,018
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -2,528
Here -104 per 1000 residents
State +6 per 1000 residents
Population growth in McDowell County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.92 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.7

Year house built in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • Year house built in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • 462014 or later
  • 1062010 to 2013
  • 5622000 to 2009
  • 7891990 to 1999
  • 1,3071980 to 1989
  • 1,7461970 to 1979
  • 9831960 to 1969
  • 1,6101950 to 1959
  • 1,5131940 to 1949
  • 2,6171939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • 01 room
  • 132 rooms
  • 43 rooms
  • 6664 rooms
  • 1,4175 rooms
  • 1,8546 rooms
  • 8507 rooms
  • 5458 rooms
  • 6189+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • 241 room
  • 172 rooms
  • 1153 rooms
  • 4144 rooms
  • 3905 rooms
  • 3386 rooms
  • 1767 rooms
  • 368 rooms
  • 739+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • 0no bedroom
  • 1041 bedroom
  • 1,3672 bedrooms
  • 3,0133 bedrooms
  • 1,2244 bedrooms
  • 2625+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, West Virginia
  • 24no bedroom
  • 1691 bedroom
  • 6492 bedrooms
  • 4903 bedrooms
  • 2294 bedrooms
  • 365+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County, West Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 586no vehicle
  • 1,6451 vehicle
  • 2,2722 vehicles
  • 1,0943 vehicles
  • 2254 vehicles
  • 1315+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 537no vehicle
  • 6981 vehicle
  • 3312 vehicles
  • 83 vehicles
  • 484 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

94.5% of McDowell County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 30% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in West Virginia.

McDowell County:

94.5%
State average:

88.3%

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

  • This state: 13,773
  • Other state: 4,407
  • Northeast: 304
  • Midwest: 812
  • South: 3,161
  • West: 153
Year householders moved into unit in McDowell County, WV
Most commonly used house heating fuel in McDowell County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 62.9%Electricity
  • 9.4%Utility gas
  • 9.2%Coal or coke
  • 6.7%Wood
  • 6.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.7%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 58.1%Electricity
  • 20.6%Coal or coke
  • 6.2%Utility gas
  • 6.0%Wood
  • 5.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 37
Here:

2.7%
West Virginia:

8.3%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 89
Here:

8.5%
West Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 65
Here:

24.1%
West Virginia:

13.0%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

McDowell County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $11,789,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $12,890,000
    Police Protection: $2,169,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,940,000
    General - Other: $1,160,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $862,000
    Financial Administration: $475,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $115,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,138,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $95,000
    Interest Earnings: $11,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,188,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $546,000
    Other: $88,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,618,000
    Other: $588,000
    Other License: $17,000

McDowell County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $11,789,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $12,890,000
    Police Protection: $2,169,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,940,000
    General - Other: $1,160,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $862,000
    Financial Administration: $475,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $115,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,138,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $95,000
    Interest Earnings: $11,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,188,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $546,000
    Other: $88,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,618,000
    Other: $588,000
    Other License: $17,000

McDowell County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $11,789,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $12,890,000
    Police Protection: $2,169,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,940,000
    General - Other: $1,160,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $862,000
    Financial Administration: $475,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $115,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,138,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $95,000
    Interest Earnings: $11,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,188,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $546,000
    Other: $88,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,618,000
    Other: $588,000
    Other License: $17,000

McDowell County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $11,789,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $12,890,000
    Police Protection: $2,169,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,940,000
    General - Other: $1,160,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $862,000
    Financial Administration: $475,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $115,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,138,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $95,000
    Interest Earnings: $11,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,188,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $546,000
    Other: $88,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,618,000
    Other: $588,000
    Other License: $17,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 3,392
  • Number of aged recipients: 57
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 3,335
  • Number of recipients under 18: 283
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,745
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 364
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 766
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,694
Most common first names in McDowell County, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James25869.0 years
William22571.2 years
John22470.6 years
Mary16377.2 years
Robert14368.6 years
George11572.6 years
Charles11570.9 years
Frank7174.4 years
Thomas6268.7 years
Walter6173.4 years
Most common last names in McDowell County, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith9572.9 years
Mullins9171.8 years
Lester7066.3 years
Jones6571.7 years
Williams6270.6 years
Blankenship6170.6 years
Bailey5771.4 years
Johnson5770.9 years
Roberts5770.3 years
Rose5675.2 years
Businesses in McDowell County, WV
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Rite Aid5
H&R Block1Subway1
KFC1True Value1
Long John Silver's1U-Haul2
McDonald's1Walmart1
Pizza Hut1Wendy's1

McDowell County on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"