Major Cities and Transportation

Belington, in southern Barbour County, is just 5 miles from 4-lane U.S. Rt. 33, which is Corridor H of the Appalachian Highway System.  Corridor H has been completed from I-79 near Weston to Elkins.  When the eastern portion is complete, the Corridor will connect central West Virginia with I-81 at Strasburg, VA.

 

Philippi, in the northern part of the county, is 20 miles from I-79 to the northwest and 20 miles from Corridor H to the south.

The area is served by U.S. highways 119 and 250 and West Virginia State roads 38, 57, 76 and 92.

Highway distance from Philippi in miles:

 

 

City:

Pittsburgh, PA

Charleston, WV

Columbus, OH

Cleveland, OH

Baltimore, MD

Washington, DC

Roanoke, VA

New York, NY

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Distance:

128

134

215

249

254

236

243

441

357

596

Air Transportation:

 

The Philippi/ Barbour County Regional Airport has estimated annual aircraft operations of 5,500.  The airport has dusk-to-dawn lights, a 3200X60-ft. runway and private hanger facilities.  No commercial flights originate here.

The North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport, 20 miles from Philippi, has a runway length of 7,000 feet and a width of 125 ft.  The airport serves commuter and private aircraft.

 

U.S. Route 250 connects Barbour County with Staunton, VA, and Martins Ferry, OH. It intersects at Norton in Southern Barbour County with Corridor H (Rt. 33), a 4-lane highway that will link I-79 and I-81 when completed. US 119 connects Barbour County with Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

 

The Philippi Industrial Park is served by a rail spur.  Access for the railroad has become an important transportation alternative for businesses located in the industrial park, especially given the high cost of fuel.

The Philippi/Barbour County Airport, located near Philippi, also offers air travel into the county.  The Airport Authority has been working diligently to expand and enhance the facility with recent improvements totaling several million dollars.  The Authority recently completed construction on a 10-unit hangar complex and a fuel farm.  Both projects are sure to enhance the facility and facilitate expanded usage for air service in Barbour County.

 

Public Transit:

 

Barbour County is also served by Here and There Transit, the County‚Äôs general public transportation system.  Operated through the Barbour County Senior Center, the system provides transportation service between Philippi and Belington as well as many locations throughout the region including Elkins, Buckhannon, and Clarksburg.

Workforce and Education

Social

Subject Number Percent
SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
Population 3 years and over enrolled in school 3,687 100.0
Nursery school, preschool 134 3.6
Kindergarten 171 4.6
Elementary school (grades 1-8) 1,769 48.0
High school (grades 9-12) 786 21.3
College or graduate school 827 22.4
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
Population 25 years and over 10,510 100.0
Less than 9th grade 1,345 12.8
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 1,521 14.5
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 4,853 46.2
Some college, no degree 1,243 11.8
Associate degree 310 2.9
Bachelor's degree 703 6.7
Graduate or professional degree 535 5.1
Percent high school graduate or higher 72.7 (X)
Percent bachelor's degree or higher 11.8 (X)
MARITAL STATUS
Population 15 years and over 12,660 100.0
Never married 2,595 20.5
Now married, except separated 7,582 59.9
Separated 107 0.8
Widowed 1,226 9.7
Female 971 7.7
Divorced 1,150 9.1
Female 585 4.6
GRANDPARENTS AS CAREGIVERS
Grandparent living in household with one or more own grandchildren under 18 years 306 100.0
Grandparent responsible for grandchildren 150 49.0
VETERAN STATUS
Civilian population 18 years and over 11,951 100.0
Civilian veterans 1,499 12.5
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION
Population 5 to 20 years 3,450 100.0
With a disability 263 7.6
Population 21 to 64 years 8,825 100.0
With a disability 2,174 24.6
Percent employed 37.1 (X)
No disability 6,651 75.4
Percent employed 68.9 (X)
Population 65 years and over 2,289 100.0
With a disability 1,105 48.3
RESIDENCE IN 1995
Population 5 years and over 14,733 100.0
Same house in 1995 9,876 67.0
Different house in the U.S. in 1995 4,814 32.7
Same county 2,511 17.0
Different county 2,303 15.6
Same state 1,372 9.3
Different state 931 6.3
Elsewhere in 1995 43 0.3
NATIVITY AND PLACE OF BIRTH
Total population 15,557 100.0
Native 15,472 99.5
Born in United States 15,414 99.1
State of residence 12,755 82.0
Different state 2,659 17.1
Born outside United States 58 0.4
Foreign born 85 0.5
Entered 1990 to March 2000 55 0.4
Naturalized citizen 45 0.3
Not a citizen 40 0.3
REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN
Total (excluding born at sea) 85 100.0
Europe 35 41.2
Asia 35 41.2
Africa 0 0.0
Oceania 0 0.0
Latin America 5 5.9
Northern America 10 11.8
LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME
Population 5 years and over 14,733 100.0
English only 14,452 98.1
Language other than English 281 1.9
Speak English less than 'very well 77 0.5
Spanish 105 0.7
Speak English less than "very well" 24 0.2
Other Indo-European languages 113 0.8
Speak English less than "very well" 29 0.2
Asian and Pacific Island languages 37 0.3
Speak English less than "very well" 24 0.2
ANCESTRY (single or multiple)
Total population 15,557 100.0
Total ancestries reported 11,659 74.9
Arab 18 0.1
Czech1 38 0.2
Danish 12 0.1
Dutch 450 2.9
English 1,506 9.7
French (except Basque)1 145 0.9
French Canadian1 5 0.0
German 2,559 16.4
Greek 3 0.0
Hungarian 65 0.4
Irish1 1,746 11.2
Italian 563 3.6
Lithuanian 18 0.1
Norwegian 41 0.3
Polish 60 0.4
Portuguese 0 0.0
Russian 63 0.4
Scotch-Irish 327 2.1
Scottish 143 0.9
Slovak 13 0.1
Subsaharan African 31 0.2
Swedish 69 0.4
Swiss 45 0.3
Ukrainian 0 0.0
United States or American 2,385 15.3
Welsh 83 0.5
West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) 0 0.0
Other ancestries 1,271 8.2
(X) Not applicable.
1 The data represent a combination of two ancestries shown separately in Summary File 3. Czech includes Czechoslovakian. French includes Alsatian. French Canadian includes Acadian/Cajun. Irish includes Celtic.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Summary File 3, Matrices P18, P19, P21, P22, P24, P36, P37, P39, P42, PCT8, PCT16, PCT17, and PCT19

Ethnicity

Geographic Area Total Population One Race Total White Black or African American American Indian and Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Some other race Two or more races Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
West Virginia 1,808,344 1,792,556 1,718,777 57,232 3,606 9,434 400 3,107 15,788 12,279
Barbour County 15,557 15,397 15,147 77 111 40 3 19 160 73
Berkeley County 75,905 74,931 70,392 3,558 186 350 17 428 974 1,156
Boone County 25,535 25,397 25,160 167 31 18 4 17 138 117
Braxton County 14,702 14,598 14,411 101 51 16 7 12 104 65
Brooke County 25,447 25,272 24,913 216 25 87 9 22 175 99
Cabell County 96,784 95,677 90,370 4,150 174 749 38 196 1,107 654
Calhoun County 7,582 7,549 7,499 8 23 8 1 10 33 42
Clay County 10,330 10,238 10,146 8 73 2 0 9 92 42
Doddridge County 7,403 7,342 7,278 20 23 11 0 10 61 42
Fayette County 47,579 47,136 44,125 2,650 130 144 17 70 443 325
Gilmer County 7,160 7,097 6,969 65 14 41 1 7 63 50
Grant County 11,299 11,248 11,110 76 29 16 2 15 51 62
Greenbrier County 34,453 34,093 32,810 1,048 116 64 2 53 360 236
Hampshire County 20,203 20,084 19,807 167 48 33 4 25 119 112
Hancock County 32,667 32,443 31,497 752 39 114 3 38 224 243
Hardy County 12,669 12,584 12,273 244 20 18 0 29 85 84
Harrison County 68,652 68,061 66,282 1,105 102 408 19 145 591 660
Jackson County 28,000 27,827 27,649 23 58 64 4 29 173 81
Jefferson County 42,190 41,614 38,400 2,571 120 252 17 254 576 734
Kanawha County 200,073 197,528 180,989 13,955 420 1,697 42 425 2,545 1,172
Lewis County 16,919 16,800 16,681 22 34 49 0 14 119 85
Lincoln County 22,108 21,973 21,895 13 37 13 2 13 135 121
Logan County 37,710 37,487 36,325 975 44 113 8 22 223 202
McDowell County 27,329 27,126 23,792 3,250 46 16 2 20 203 132
Marion County 56,598 56,070 53,823 1,823 114 231 5 74 528 394
Marshall County 35,519 35,280 34,949 153 38 90 9 41 239 228
Mason County 25,957 25,811 25,533 130 47 71 2 28 146 121
Mercer County 62,980 62,447 58,295 3,668 122 288 8 66 533 285
Mineral County 27,078 26,871 26,037 690 31 54 2 57 207 158
Mingo County 28,253 28,043 27,233 661 68 58 6 17 210 135
Monongalia County 81,866 80,732 75,500 2,763 162 2,009 34 264 1,134 826
Monroe County 14,583 14,449 13,514 872 33 23 2 5 134 72
Morgan County 14,943 14,858 14,689 89 26 18 2 34 85 124
Nicholas County 26,562 26,417 26,255 14 65 50 6 27 145 127
Ohio County 47,427 46,997 44,820 1,691 42 369 14 61 430 238
Pendleton County 8,196 8,133 7,896 174 22 15 3 23 63 73
Pleasants County 7,514 7,477 7,386 36 35 15 0 5 37 28
Pocahontas County 9,131 9,078 8,983 71 6 13 0 5 53 39
Preston County 29,334 29,175 28,995 86 32 43 5 14 159 168
Putnam County 51,589 51,285 50,542 287 80 298 11 67 304 262
Raleigh County 79,220 78,586 71,006 6,753 147 568 13 99 634 727
Randolph County 28,262 28,112 27,609 302 46 106 4 45 150 191
Ritchie County 10,343 10,272 10,206 14 28 13 0 11 71 49
Roane County 15,446 15,353 15,223 34 32 35 0 29 93 104
Summers County 12,999 12,896 12,553 280 33 12 5 13 103 71
Taylor County 16,089 15,987 15,779 134 31 27 6 10 102 95
Tucker County 7,321 7,273 7,237 5 14 1 9 7 48 18
Tyler County 9,592 9,549 9,530 2 5 8 1 3 43 41
Upshur County 23,404 23,269 22,981 144 39 72 3 30 135 137
Wayne County 42,903 42,664 42,382 54 99 86 8 35 239 202
Webster County 9,719 9,655 9,639 1 7 6 1 1 64 36
Wetzel County 17,693 17,600 17,502 15 17 57 4 5 93 74
Wirt County 5,873 5,829 5,788 17 12 6 0 6 44 18
Wood County 87,986 87,309 85,627 887 188 448 35 124 677 514
Wyoming County 25,708 25,577 25,345 161 31 21 0 19 131 135

Economic Factors

Subject Number Percent
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Population 16 years and over 12,413 100.0
In labor force 6,651 53.6
Civilian labor force 6,629 53.4
Employed 6,048 48.7
Unemployed 581 4.7
Percent of civilian labor force 8.8 (X)
Armed Forces 22 0.2
Not in labor force 5,762 46.4
Females 16 years and over 6,380 100.0
In labor force 2,904 45.5
Civilian labor force 2,904 45.5
Employed 2,624 41.1
Own children under 6 years 995 100.0
All parents in family in labor force 555 55.8
COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over 5,984 100.0
Car, truck, or van -- drove alone 4,646 77.6
Car, truck, or van -- carpooled 789 13.2
Public transportation (including taxicab) 13 0.2
Walked 273 4.6
Other means 65 1.1
Worked at home 198 3.3
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 28.0 (X)
Employed civilian population 16 years and over 6,048 100.0
OCCUPATION
Management, professional, and related occupations 1,489 24.6
Service occupations 1,052 17.4
Sales and office occupations 1,371 22.7
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations 72 1.2
Construction, extraction, and maintenance occupations 1,024 16.9
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 1,040 17.2
INDUSTRY
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining 451 7.5
Construction 611 10.1
Manufacturing 595 9.8
Wholesale trade 187 3.1
Retail trade 745 12.3
Transportation and warehousing, and utilities 343 5.7
Information 82 1.4
Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing 164 2.7
Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services 295 4.9
Educational, health and social services 1,474 24.4
Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services 464 7.7
Other services (except public administration) 256 4.2
Public administration 381 6.3
CLASS OF WORKER
Private wage and salary workers 4,452 73.6
Government workers 1,084 17.9
Self-employed workers in own not incorporated business 469 7.8
Unpaid family workers 43 0.7
INCOME IN 1999
Households 6,132 100.0
Less than $10,000 1,136 18.5
$10,000 to $14,999 750 12.2
$15,000 to $24,999 1,209 19.7
$25,000 to $34,999 1,086 17.7
$35,000 to $49,999 877 14.3
$50,000 to $74,999 726 11.8
$75,000 to $99,999 210 3.4
$100,000 to $149,999 100 1.6
$150,000 to $199,999 12 0.2
$200,000 or more 26 0.4
Median household income (dollars) 24,729 (X)
With earnings 4,160 67.8
Mean earnings (dollars) 33,411 (X)
With Social Security income 2,130 34.7
Mean Social Security income (dollars) 10,185 (X)
With Supplemental Security Income 574 9.4
Mean Supplemental Security Income (dollars) 5,452 (X)
With public assistance income 292 4.8
Mean public assistance income (dollars) 1,852 (X)
With retirement income 1,267 20.7
Mean retirement income (dollars) 9,922 (X)
Families 4,380 100.0
Less than $10,000 488 11.1
$10,000 to $14,999 461 10.5
$15,000 to $24,999 887 20.3
$25,000 to $34,999 825 18.8
$35,000 to $49,999 755 17.2
$50,000 to $74,999 652 14.9
$75,000 to $99,999 186 4.2
$100,000 to $149,999 88 2.0
$150,000 to $199,999 12 0.3
$200,000 or more 26 0.6
Median family income (dollars) 29,722 (X)
Per capita income (dollars) 12,440 (X)
Median earnings (dollars):
Male full-time, year-round workers 24,861 (X)
Female full-time, year-round workers 17,433 (X)
POVERTY STATUS IN 1999 (below poverty level)
Families 808 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 18.4
With related children under 18 years 552 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 27.1
With related children under 5 years 229 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 31.7
Families with female householder, no husband present 274 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 46.4
With related children under 18 years 208 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 60.8
With related children under 5 years 55 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 87.3
Individuals 3,409 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 22.6
18 years and over 2,265 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 19.6
65 years and over 382 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 16.7
Related children under 18 years 1,135 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 32.0
Related children 5 to 17 years 841 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 30.8
Unrelated individuals 15 years and over 789 (X)
Percent below poverty level (X) 36.2
(X) Not applicable.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Summary File 3, Matrices P30, P32, P33, P43, P46, P49, P50, P51, P52, P53, P58, P62, P63, P64, P65, P67, P71, P72, P73, P74, P76, P77, P82, P87, P90, PCT47, PCT52, and PCT53

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