Bluefield, Community Guide 2018 - Page 82

Mercer County Mercer County Community Profile Population – Total...59,753 Under 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,525 6-17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,369 18-65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31,072 65 and older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,787 Veterans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,805 Households. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,062 Workforce Snapshot Extended Labor Market Ares . . . . . . . . . . . . 250,000 Civilian Labor Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,370 Unemployment (2017) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.8% Education High School graduate or higher . . . . . . . . . . 83.0% Bachelor’s degree or higher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19.5% Median household income $37,255 Poverty rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.2% Utilities Electric Service • AEP Appalachian Power Company Water Service • West Virginia American Water Solid Waste Disposal • Mercer County Solid Waste Authority Natural Gas • Bluefield Gas; Mountaineer Gas Propane • Various providers Telephone • Frontier; Comcast; Lumos; Suddenlink Fiber Optic • Verizon; Optinet; Sprint Top Employers 1. Mercer County Board of Education 2. Princeton Community Hospital Association, Inc. 3. Echosphere, LLC 4. Bluefield Regional Medical Center 5. Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. 6. Res-Care, Inc. 7. Bluefield State College 8. Concord University 9. Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center, Inc. 10. West Virginia Department of Highways Transportation General Aviation Service Name Runway Length Mercer County, WV Airport . . . . . . 4731 feet Commercial Passenger Name Yeager Airport Charleston, WV . . . . . . . . . Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport . . . . . . . . Tri-Cities International Airport Blountville, TN . . . . . . . . . Piedmont Triad International Airport . . . . . . Huntington Tri-State Airport Huntington, WV . . . . . . . . Charlotte Douglas International Airport . . . . . . Time . .107.7 miles . .108.3 miles . .121.3 miles . .145.1 miles . .166.2 miles . .174.6 miles Seaports Name Distance Port of Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . .375.4 miles Other Ports of Entry Name Distance New River Valley Airport - Virginia Trade Port . . . . . . . . . 66.9 miles TriCities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85.8 miles Port of Washington-Dulles. . . . . .335.9 miles Interstate Access Location Time I-81 Wytheville . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 minutes I-77 Bluefield, WV. . . . . . . . . . . .0 minutes I-64 Beckley, WV . . . . . . . . . . . 49 minutes Rail Service Name Location Norfolk Southern Railroad . . . Throughout County Sources: U.S. Census Bureau Workforce West Virginia Development Authority of Mercer County Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce | 17