Kanawha County PUMA, WV

Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA)

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2022 Population
179,895
5.38% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
43.6
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
16.4%
2.56% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$55,226
10.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$131,200
12.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
70,507
7.74% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Kanawha County PUMA, WV had a population of 180k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $55,226. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Kanawha County PUMA, WV declined from 190,129 to 179,895, a −5.38% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,857 to $55,226, a 10.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (86.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.59%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.99%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.17%), and White (Hispanic) (0.563%).

2.42% of the households in Kanawha County PUMA, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are University of Charleston (1,065 degrees awarded in 2022), West Virginia State University (400 degrees), and BridgeValley Community & Technical College (360 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was $131,200, and the homeownership rate was 69.7%.

Most people in Kanawha County PUMA, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22 minutes. The average car ownership in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Kanawha County PUMA, WV is home to a population of 180k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.85% of Kanawha County PUMA, WV residents were born outside of the country (3.33k people).

In 2022, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (156k people) in Kanawha County PUMA, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.18k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are Spanish (1,057 households), Arabic (460 households), and German (344 households).

Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
90,506
Women
51.9%
83,961
Men
48.1%

The resident population of United States in 2022 was 174,467 inhabitants, with 48.1% men, and 51.9% women.

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Citizenship

99.3%
2022 Citizenship
99.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.3% of Kanawha County PUMA, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kanawha County PUMA, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    156k ± 622
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.9k ± 679
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    7.18k ± 853
1.17%
Hispanic Population
2.1k people

In 2022, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (156k people) in Kanawha County PUMA, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.18k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.17% of the people in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are hispanic (2.1k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. India
    463 ± 528 people
  2. Canada
    233 ± 375 people
  3. Pakistan
    231 ± 373 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kanawha County PUMA, WV was India, the natal country of 463 Kanawha County PUMA, WV residents, followed by Canada with 233 and Pakistan with 231.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.85%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.33k people
1.81%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.45k people

As of 2022, 1.85% of Kanawha County PUMA, WV residents (3.33k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was 1.81%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    1,057 households (0.619%)
  2. Arabic
    460 households (0.269%)
  3. German
    344 households (0.201%)

2.42% of the households in Kanawha County PUMA, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.7%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was Spanish. 0.619% of the households in Kanawha County PUMA, WV reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,740 ± 402
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,048 ± 485
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,332 ± 296

Kanawha County PUMA, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Kanawha County PUMA, WV employs 70.5k people. The largest industries in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (5,983 people), Restaurants & Food Services (5,039 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (3,873 people), and the highest paying industries are Legal services ($156,806), Offices of physicians ($119,404), and National security & international affairs ($113,374).

Males in Kanawha County PUMA, WV have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,002. The income inequality in Kanawha County PUMA, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
38,395
Women
50.3%
37,934
Men
49.7%

The workforce of Kanawha County PUMA, WV in 2020 was 76,329 people, with 50.3% woman, and 49.7% men.

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Occupations

70.5k
2022 Value
−7.74%
1 Year decline
± −7.74%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kanawha County PUMA, WV declined at a rate of −7.74%, from 76.4k employees to 70.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kanawha County PUMA, WV, are Cashiers (2,105 people), Registered nurses (2,102 people), and Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (1,944 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kanawha County PUMA, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

70.5k
2022 Value
−7.74%
1 Year decline
± −7.74%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kanawha County PUMA, WV declined at a rate of −7.74%, from 76.4k employees to 70.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kanawha County PUMA, WV, are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (5,983 people), Restaurants & Food Services (5,039 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (3,873 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kanawha County PUMA, WV, though some of these residents may live in Kanawha County PUMA, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,158
Median earning men ± $1,499
$34,635
Median earning women ± $1,160

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,031), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,794), and Information ($57,763).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($60,104), Construction ($53,810), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,808).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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0.583%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 690k people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 0.583% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in West Virginia went to Donald J. Trump with 68.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (29.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.34%).

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Kanawha County PUMA, WV awarded 2,144 degrees. The student population of Kanawha County PUMA, WV in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,240 male students and 4,798 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are White (1,434 and 68.8%), followed by Unknown (305 and 14.6%), Black or African American (200 and 9.6%), and Hispanic or Latino (57 and 2.74%).

The largest universities in Kanawha County PUMA, WV by number of degrees awarded are University of Charleston (1,065 and 49.7%), West Virginia State University (400 and 18.7%), and BridgeValley Community & Technical College (360 and 16.8%).

The most popular majors in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are Organizational Leadership (348 and 16.2%), Registered Nursing (285 and 13.3%), and Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (203 and 9.47%).

The median tuition costs in Kanawha County PUMA, WV are $21,000 for private four year colleges, and $8,856 and $14,544 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Kanawha County PUMA, WV, the percentage of applicants admitted was 85.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 9,038 (46.9% men and 53.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 9,038 students enrolled in Kanawha County PUMA, WV, 46.9% men and 53.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 6,836 records, of which 55.8% were women and 44.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 95 degrees awarded
  2. 62 degrees awarded
  3. 341 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was General Business Administration & Management with 95 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,065 degrees awarded
  2. 400 degrees awarded
  3. 360 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Charleston with 1,065 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,068 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kanawha County PUMA, WV, which is 0.993 times less than the 1,076 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,434 degrees mean that there were 4.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 305 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($21,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,734) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 0.537% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.681% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Kanawha County PUMA, WV in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (53.8k), Some college (27k), and Bachelors Degree (21.7k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was $131,200 in 2022, which is 0.465 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $116,700 to $131,200, a 12.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Kanawha County PUMA, WV is 69.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Kanawha County PUMA, WV have an average commute time of 22 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kanawha County PUMA, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Kanawha County PUMA, WV is $55,226. In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was Berkeley, Jefferson Counties PUMA, WV with a value of $78,426, followed by Monongalia, Marion, Preston Counties PUMA, WV and Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Hardy, Grant, Tucker, Pendleton Counties PUMA, WV, with respective values of $60,476 and $57,385.

Property

$131,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,081
$53,855
Median Property Taxes
±$1,742

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Rent vs Own

69.7%
Homeownership
2022
65.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.7% of the housing units in Kanawha County PUMA, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.4%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was Berkeley, Jefferson Counties PUMA, WV with a value of $78,426, followed by Monongalia, Marion, Preston Counties PUMA, WV and Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Hardy, Grant, Tucker, Pendleton Counties PUMA, WV, with respective values of $60,476 and $57,385.

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Household Income

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$55,226
Median Household Income
± $1,650
77.3k
Number of Households
± 2,192

In 2022, the median household income of the 77.3k households in Kanawha County PUMA, WV grew to $55,226 from the previous year's value of $49,857.

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Wage Distribution

0.459
2022 Wage GINI in Kanawha County PUMA, WV
0.453
2021 Wage GINI in Kanawha County PUMA, WV

In 2022, the income inequality in Kanawha County PUMA, WV was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.14% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Kanawha County PUMA, WV was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kanawha County PUMA, WV in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.2%)
  2. Carpooled (7.98%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.08%)

In 2022, 79.2% of workers in Kanawha County PUMA, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.98%) and those who worked at home (7.08%).

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Commute Time

22 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kanawha County PUMA, WV have a shorter commute time (22 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.14% of the workforce in Kanawha County PUMA, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

16.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kanawha County PUMA, WV (29.1k out of 177k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kanawha County PUMA, WV is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Kanawha County PUMA, WV has health coverage, with 42.5% on employee plans, 23.1% on Medicaid, 16.4% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.54% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see 1270 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.626% decrease from the previous year (1278 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1740 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 670 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,270 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in West Virginia

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see an average of 1,270 patients per year. This represents a 0.626% decrease from the previous year (1,278 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.4% under 18 years, 18.6% between 18 and 34 years, 38.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.4% were men and 52.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.3%
Uninsured
42.5%
Employer Coverage
23.1%
Medicaid
16.4%
Medicare
11.2%
Non-Group
1.54%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kanawha County PUMA, WV declined by 2.81% from 5.45% to 5.3%.

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