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Ashford, WV

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Overview


Ashford is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 3,547 people and just one neighborhood, Ashford is the 52nd largest community in West Virginia.

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some towns, Ashford isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ashford are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ashford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Ashford who work in office and administrative support (21.39%), teaching (11.83%), and healthcare (9.98%).

Setting & Lifestyle

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Ashford has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Ashford a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One downside of living in Ashford, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.01 minutes every day commuting to work.

As is often the case in a small town, Ashford doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Demographics

In Ashford, just 11.19% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ashford in 2018 was $25,205, which is middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,820 for a family of four. However, Ashford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ashford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ashford residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Ashford include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Ashford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

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People

Astoundingly, the neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of divorcees living here than of any neighborhood, a higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 95.6% of U.S. neighborhoods. This may be because people living here divorce more often than others, or that divorced people move here after they become divorced. If you are divorced, you will be in good company in this particular Ashford neighborhood.

The Neighbors

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Ashford are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 65.3% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 11.6% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 53.1% of U.S. neighborhoods.

What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.

In the neighborhood, 34.3% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 29.4% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations (24.7%), and 11.6% in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 99.2% of households. Some people also speak Italian (3.1%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the neighborhood in Ashford, WV, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (10.1%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (8.4%), and residents who report English roots (5.2%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (3.5%), along with some Scots-Irish ancestry residents (1.8%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 45 minutes and one hour commuting one-way to work (34.9% of working residents), longer and tougher than most commutes in America.

Here most residents (81.3%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (12.9%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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