Beckley is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 17,286 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Beckley is the ninth 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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Beckley who work in office and administrative support (13.69%), sales jobs (13.48%), and healthcare (9.97%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.51 minutes getting to work every day.
The percentage of people in Beckley who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.76% of adults in Beckley have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Beckley in 2018 was $26,189, 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 $104,756 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, Irish, English, Italian, and Welsh.
The most common language spoken in Beckley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.