Parkersburg, WV
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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, Parkersburg isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Parkersburg are a mix 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%).

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 19.05 minutes getting to work every day.

A lot of people in Parkersburg take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Parkersburg, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of adults in Parkersburg with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.24% of adults in Parkersburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

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.