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Living In Elkins, WV

The small town of Elkins, West Virginia is home to just over 7,000 residents. Retirees are a common sight, as they account for 18% of the population compared to 14% nationally. At an average age of just under 40, the town's population skews younger than most cities in West Virginia. Most residents own their homes in Elkins, and 41% of residents rent. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the town boasts a relatively low average rent of $616 per month. Over the course of a year, renters in Elkins will save around $1,100 compared to the state average.

There are three primary industries in Elkins: healthcare, education, and retail. Together, these industries make up 23% of the workforce in the town. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, which ranks as the top profession in the town. Elkins workers earn an average annual income of nearly $52,000, around $4,000 less than the average West Virginia resident. The town's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345. Compared to the state average, Elkins has a large percentage of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 8% have earned a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Further, 9% possess a Bachelor's degree.

Elkins's average commute time ranks as the best in the state at about 14 minutes, the quickest in the state. Driving a car or truck is the most common way to get to work, selected by 39% of residents, while public transit is not used. A small percentage of residents (4%) walk to work, though the number exceeds the national average.


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