Paw Paw is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 490 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Paw Paw is the 196th largest community in West Virginia. Paw Paw has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
When you are in Paw Paw, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 48.09% of Paw Paw’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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.
Being a small town, Paw Paw does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Paw Paw have a very low rate of college education: just 7.61% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
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.