Beckley, WV
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Beckley is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 16,972 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Beckley is the eighth largest community in West Virginia.

Beckley is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.16%), healthcare (9.81%), and sales jobs (9.53%).

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 17.82 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Beckley has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, Beckley is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.23% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Beckley in 2010 was $25,292, 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 $101,168 for a family of four. However, Beckley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Beckley is a very 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 Chinese.