Wheeling is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 27,052 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Wheeling is the fifth largest community in West Virginia. Much of the housing stock in Wheeling was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wheeling is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wheeling is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wheeling who work in sales jobs (11.74%), office and administrative support (9.84%), and healthcare (8.21%).
In terms of college education, Wheeling is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.27% of adults in Wheeling have a college degree.
The per capita income in Wheeling in 2018 was $29,110, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,440 for a family of four. However, Wheeling contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Wheeling home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wheeling residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Wheeling include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Wheeling is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.