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Living In Despard, WV

Despard is a small town in West Virginia with just over 1,000 residents. Families with young children are customary, as kids under 5 account for an above-average percentage of the population, though retirees are also well-represented. Overall, the town's population, with an average age of just under 39, is younger than most cities in West Virginia. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in the area, and 60% of residents rent their homes. The average rent of $744 per month is slightly above the state average.

Despard's average commute time ranks as one of the best in West Virginia at about 17 minutes, 6th-fastest in the state. Driving a vehicle is the most common way to get to work, opted for by 30% of commuters, while public transit isn't used extensively. Relatively few commuters (8%) walk to work, though the number far exceeds the national average.

Many Despard residents work in one of three industries: retail, healthcare, and entertainment. Together, these industries make up 24% of the town's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the town's workers are in sales, as 7% of the town's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. With an average annual income of around $43,000, Despard workers bring in less than the average West Virginia resident. The town's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345. Compared to the national average, Despard has a high number of residents over the age of 25 who possess a high school degree or GED (34%). Furthermore, 5% have a Bachelor's degree and 1% possess a Master's or Doctoral degree.

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