Beckley, WV
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Beckley is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 17,056 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Beckley is the eighth largest community in West Virginia.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Beckley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Beckley is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Beckley who work in office and administrative support (15.11%), sales jobs (9.68%), and healthcare (9.08%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Beckley spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.23 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Beckley overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Beckley, 24.77% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Beckley in 2010 was $23,123, which is upper middle income relative to West Virginia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,492 for a family of four. However, Beckley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Beckley is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Beckley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Beckley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Beckley include German, English, African, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Beckley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.