Beckley-Raleigh County
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Beckley , WV 25801
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County Demographics, Data & Statistics

Raleigh County Information:

Quick Facts

Raleigh County Quick Facts

Municipalities : Beckley, Lester, Mabscott, Rhodell, Sophia
County Seat : Beckley
Area : 605 square miles
Average Annual Temperature : 52.4 degrees
Annual Rainfall : 38.82 inches
Annual Snowfall : 51.7 inches
Average Relative Humidity : 74 percent
Elevation 2,422 feet above sea level at the Raleigh County Courthouse in Uptown Beckley

Raleigh County Topography

From Flat Top Mountain on its southeast border, Raleigh County descends slowly to the northwest.

Its eastern highlands consist largely of broad flats divided by gorges into tablelands. Pasture covers about 20 percent of the county -- much of it in this area.

The western half of the county is characterized by broad, “V”-shaped valleys separated by tall ridges.  The deep forests that cover the mountains ramparts extend far into Kentucky.

Raleigh County’s highest elevations follow the crest of Flat Top Mountain.  Its highest point, Huff’s Knob, ascends to 3,500 feet above sea level.

On its northwest border, the county descends to 1,000 feet above sea level where the Marsh and Clear Forks join to form Coal River.

The county’s northeast border descends into the New River Gorge, which reaches its maximum depth of more than 2,000 feet above the junction of the waters of Glade Creek.

Housing & Households

Total Households 31,793
Family households 22,103
Non family households 9,690
Persons 65 & older living alone 4,087
Average household size 2.38
Median household income 28,181
Total housing units 35,678
Occupied housing units 31,793
Owner occupied units 24,313
Renter occupied units 7,480
Home ownership rate 76.5%

Home value:
Less than $50,000 5,400
$50,000-$149,000 11,504
$150,000-$299,000 5,402
$300,000 or greater 1,173
Median Value 89,400

Total rental housing 7,215
Percent renter occupied 24.5

Monthly Rent:
Less than $200 208
$201-$499 2,081
$500-$749 3,053
$750-$999 1,249
$1,000 or more 348

Statistics provided by: U. S. Census Bureau, West Virginia Job Service, West Virginia University Bureau of Business & Economic Research


Raleigh County 78,883
Beckley 17,614
Female 39,492
Male 39,387
14 and Below 13,685
15-19 4,481
20-24 4,511
25-34 10,082
34-44 10,357
45-54 11,210
55-64 11,872
65 and Older 12,661
Median Age 41.1
County Area, square miles 605.35
Population per square miles 130.3

Races in Raleigh County
White Non-Hispanic 89%
Black 8.2%
Hispanic 1.4%
Two or more races 1.7%
American Indian .2%

Housing Units 35,813
Home Ownership Rate 74.5%
Median Household Income $40,758
Total Personal Income $2,064,533,000
Effective buying income $800,300,000
Total retail sales $849,873,000

Statistics: U. S. Census Bureau, West Virginia Job Service, WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research. (Listed are the latest numbers available)


Fluctuations in Raleigh County’s population accurately chart the rise and decline of the coal industry. In 1901, the county’s first railroad opened, and the mining boom began.  By 1950, mechanization of the mining process was beginning to eat away at mining employment and, by 1960, nearly 20,000 people had left the region in search of greater job opportunity.  Mining employment enjoyed a brief increase during the U.S. Energy Crisis of the late 1970s, but by the mid-1980s, recession had reasserted itself in an economy almost entirely dependent on mining.  By the 1990s the completion of two interstates and an expressway had opened the region to diversified economics.  The accessibility of natural resources led to notable increases in employment in tourism, service, technology, and wood products sectors.  Natural beauty has attracted many new residents

1900  12,436
1910  25,663
1920  42,482
1930  68,072
1940  86,687
1950  96,273
1960  77,827
1970  70,080
1980  86,821
1990  76,819
2010  79,220
2011  79,187
2012  79,127
2103  79,021
2014  78,883

Statistics: U.S. Census Bureau, Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, and West Virginia Job Service

Employment Wages by Industry – 2010

Total Wages

Total, All Industries 1,196,130,947
Total, Private Sector 942,425,919
Natural Resources & Mining 158,681,694
Construction 51,312,585
Manufacturing 42,855,041
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 217,790,080
Wholesale Trade 69,571,773
Retail Trade 123,110,134
Transportation & Warehousing 15,648,118
Information 18,818,118
Financial Activities 33,016,181
Professional & Business Services 111,076,823
Education & Health Services 233,187,771
Leisure & Hospitality 51,021,967
Government 253,705,025
Federal Government 120,346,833
State Government 35,249,321
Local Government 98,108,874

Source: Workforce Investment Area I


Earnings by persons employed in Raleigh increased from $1,568,868* in 2006 to $1,627,543* in 2007, an increase of 3.8 percent.  The 2006-2007 state change was 4.5 percent and the national change was 4.9 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1997 estimate of $1,011,868* to the 2007 estimate was 4.9 percent.  The average annual growth rate for the state was 4.3 percent and for the nation was 5.4 percent.  

*All income estimates with the exception of PCPI are in thousands of dollars.  Regional Economic Information System Bureau of Economic Analysis (Listed are the latest numbers available


West Virginia Sales Tax
West Virginia levies a tax of six percent per dollar on purchases. It is important to note the 3 percent tax rate does not apply to all food sales.  Prepared food, soft drinks, food sold through vending machines, food sold in a heated state, or food sold with eating utensils provided by the seller will continue to be taxed at a rate of 6%.

West Virginia Income Tax
If your income range is between $0 and $10,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 3%.
If your income range is between $10,001 and $25,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 4%.
If your income range is between $25,001 and $40,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 4.5%.
If your income range is between $40,001 and $60,000, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 6%.
If your income range is $60,001 or over, your tax rate on every dollar of income earned is 6.5%.

State personal exemption is $2,000 per person.  Additional exemption may be taken for surviving spouses for up to two years after the death of a spouse.  Only that portion of Social Security benefits included in federal adjusted gross income is subject to state tax.  Persons 65 and older receive an income exclusion of up to $8,000 annually.  On joint returns, that may be as high as $16,000 if both spouses have at least $8,000 each in personal income.
Raleigh County Quick Facts

Additional Economic Development Information Resources

Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce

304-252-7328 / 877-987-3847 / [email protected]
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority
Choose New River Gorge
Visit Southern West Virginia
304-252-2244 /
1-800-VISIT WV
City of Beckley
304-256-1750 / 304-256-1776