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.
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 (15.16%), healthcare (9.81%), and sales jobs (9.53%).
One of the benefits of Beckley is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.82 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
For a small city, Beckley has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Beckley exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
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.