Parkersburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 30,601 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Parkersburg is the third largest community in West Virginia.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Parkersburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Parkersburg is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Parkersburg who work in office and administrative support (15.81%), sales jobs (13.01%), and healthcare (7.47%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Parkersburg spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.05 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Parkersburg rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.24% of adults 25 and older in Parkersburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Parkersburg in 2010 was $21,334, 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 $85,336 for a family of four. However, Parkersburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Parkersburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Parkersburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Parkersburg include Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Parkersburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.