Paw Paw is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 492 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Paw Paw is the 196th largest community in West Virginia. Much of the housing stock in Paw Paw was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Paw Paw is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 48.09% of the Paw Paw workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Paw Paw is a town of construction workers and builders, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Paw Paw who work in food service (15.32%), teaching (7.23%), and office and administrative support (6.38%).
In Paw Paw, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.79 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Paw Paw is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The population of Paw Paw has a very low overall level of education: only 7.61% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Paw Paw in 2018 was $22,244, 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 $88,976 for a family of four. However, Paw Paw contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Paw Paw home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Paw Paw residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Paw Paw include German, Irish, English, French, and European.
The most common language spoken in Paw Paw is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Korean.