Benwood, WV

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Living in Benwood

Benwood is a very small city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,278 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Benwood is the 123rd largest community in West Virginia. Benwood has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Benwood is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Benwood is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benwood who work in office and administrative support (12.84%), sales jobs (11.33%), and food service (10.12%).

Benwood’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

The city 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, Benwood has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Benwood a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

The rate of college-level education in Benwood is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.86% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Benwood in 2018 was $22,795, 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 $91,180 for a family of four. However, Benwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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