Parkersburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 29,675 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Parkersburg is the third largest community in West Virginia.
Parkersburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.50%), sales jobs (12.72%), and food service (8.07%).
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 18.73 minutes getting to work every day.
In terms of college education, Parkersburg is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.03% of adults 25 and older in Parkersburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Parkersburg in 2010 was $22,735, which is upper middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,940 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Parkersburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.