Blacksburg, VA

Census Place

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Population
44,245
0.377% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
Median Age
22

Poverty Rate
45%

Median Household Income
$37,151
6.91% 1-year decline
Median Property Value
$288,200
0.593% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
19,224
3.58% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Blacksburg, VA had a population of 44.2k people with a median age of 22 and a median household income of $37,151. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Blacksburg, VA grew from 44,079 to 44,245, a 0.377% increase and its median household income declined from $39,910 to $37,151, a -6.91% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Blacksburg, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (12.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.77%), White (Hispanic) (3.21%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.1%). NaNk% of the people in Blacksburg, VA speak a non-English language, and 90.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blacksburg, VA are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (8,659 degrees awarded in 2017) and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (432 degrees).

The median property value in Blacksburg, VA is $288,200, and the homeownership rate is 31.4%. Most people in Blacksburg, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Blacksburg, VA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 46.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.2%), followed by Other (8.25%). The most partisan county was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Blacksburg, VA is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Virginia
46.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.2% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 82% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Blacksburg, VA have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Blacksburg, VA is home to a population of 44.2k people, from which 90.2% are citizens. As of 2018, 13% of Blacksburg, VA residents were born outside of the country (5.75k people).

In 2018, there were 5.83 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33k people) in Blacksburg, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.66k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.11k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Blacksburg, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    33k ± 627
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    5.66k ± 448
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.11k ± 306
4.38%
Hispanic Population
1.94k people

In 2018, there were 5.83 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33k people) in Blacksburg, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.66k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.11k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.38% of the people in Blacksburg, VA are hispanic (1.94k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Blacksburg, VA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
5.75k people
13.7%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
6.03k people

As of 2018, 13% of Blacksburg, VA residents (5.75k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Blacksburg, VA was 13.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

22
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
28
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Blacksburg, VA was 22. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 22, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 28. But people in Blacksburg, VA are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Blacksburg, VA residents was 22.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    103,545 ± 7,851 people
  2. India
    82,876 ± 7,033 people
  3. Mexico
    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

90.2%
2018 Citizenship
89.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 90.2% of Blacksburg, VA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Blacksburg, VA was 89.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    206 ± 102
  2. Vietnam
    194 ± 79
  3. World War II
    45 ± 44

Blacksburg, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.06 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Blacksburg, VA is $37,151. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Blacksburg, VA was Census Tract 205 with a value of $70,085, followed by Census Tract 207 and Census Tract 206, with respective values of $54,458 and $50,941.

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Blacksburg, VA employs 19.2k people. The largest industries in Blacksburg, VA are Educational Services (8,395 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,889 people), and Retail Trade (1,897 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($67,109), Health Care & Social Assistance ($47,656), and Public Administration ($45,391).

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,151
2018 value
± $4,763
-6.91%
1 Year Growth
± 16.7%

Households in Blacksburg, VA have a median annual income of $37,151, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,910 in 2017, which represents a -6.91% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,323
$55,180
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Virginia
  1. Asian
    $68,169 ± $3,324
  2. White
    $60,529 ± $977
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Blacksburg, VA is from Virginia.
0.478
2017 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.477
2016 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 205
  2. Census Tract 207
  3. Census Tract 206

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Blacksburg, VA was Census Tract 205 with a value of $70,085, followed by Census Tract 207 and Census Tract 206, with respective values of $54,458 and $50,941.

The following map shows all of the places in Blacksburg, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

45% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blacksburg, VA (15.9k out of 35.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    11,933 ± 818
  2. Asian
    2,042 ± 358
  3. Black
    1,050 ± 239

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Blacksburg, VA is White, followed by Asian and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

19.2k
2018 Value
± 1,111
-3.58%
1 Year decline
± 8.48%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Blacksburg, VA declined at a rate of -3.58%, from 19.9k employees to 19.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blacksburg, VA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,928 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,253 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,150 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Blacksburg, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Blacksburg, VA, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,928 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,253 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,150 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Blacksburg, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (6.81 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3.39 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.02 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Blacksburg, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($69,688), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($61,215), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,357).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.2k
2018 Value
± 1,111
-3.58%
1 Year decline
± 8.48%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Blacksburg, VA declined at a rate of -3.58%, from 19.9k employees to 19.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blacksburg, VA, are Educational Services (8,395 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,889 people), and Retail Trade (1,897 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Blacksburg, VA, though some of these residents may live in Blacksburg, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Blacksburg, VA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (8,395 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,889 people), and Retail Trade (1,897 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Blacksburg, VA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (4.72 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.98 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Blacksburg, VA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($67,109), Health Care & Social Assistance ($47,656), and Public Administration ($45,391).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $27.5B
  2. $26B
  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B
2015 Value in Virginia
$373B
Projected 2045 Value in Virginia
46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $23.4B
  2. $12.9B
  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Blacksburg, VA awarded 9,091 degrees. The student population of Blacksburg, VA is skewed towards men, with 20,551 male students and 15,858 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blacksburg, VA are White (6,015 and 73.6%), followed by Asian (744 and 9.11%), Hispanic or Latino (481 and 5.89%), and Black or African American (344 and 4.21%).

The largest universities in Blacksburg, VA by number of degrees awarded are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (8,659 and 95.2%) and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (432 and 4.75%).

The most popular majors in Blacksburg, VA are Mechanical Engineering (505 and 5.55%), Osteopathic Medicine (348 and 3.83%), and General Civil Engineering (339 and 3.73%).

The median tuition costs in Blacksburg, VA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,093 and $28,273 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 337 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 280 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 416 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blacksburg, VA was Management Science with 337 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Blacksburg, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,659 degrees awarded
  2. 432 degrees awarded
$11,093
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Blacksburg, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with 8,659 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,019
Degrees Awarded to Men
4,072
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 5,019 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blacksburg, VA, which is 1.23 times more than the 4,072 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Blacksburg, VA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,015 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    744 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    481 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Blacksburg, VA were to White students. These 6,015 degrees mean that there were 8.08 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 744 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blacksburg, VA was $288,200 in 2018, which is 1.25 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $286,500 to $288,200, a 0.593% increase. The homeownership rate in Blacksburg, VA is 31.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Blacksburg, VA have an average commute time of 13.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Blacksburg, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$288,200
2018 Median
± $12,988
$286,500
2017 Median
± $12,333

In 2018, the median property value in Blacksburg, VA grew to to $288,200 from the previous year's value of $286,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Blacksburg, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blacksburg, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$37,151
Median Household Income
± $4,763
13.4k
Number of Households
± 863

In 2018, the median household income of the 13.4k households in Blacksburg, VA declined from $37,151 from the previous year's value of $39,910.

The following chart displays the households in Blacksburg, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Blacksburg, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blacksburg, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

31.4%
2018 Homeownership
30.7%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 31.4% of the housing units in Blacksburg, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 30.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Blacksburg, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

13.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blacksburg, VA have a shorter commute time (13.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 0.432% of the workforce in Blacksburg, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    60.6%
  2. Walked
    10.9%
  3. Public Transit
    10.9%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Blacksburg, VA was Drove Alone (60.6%), followed by those who Walked (10.9%) and those who Public Transit (10.9%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Blacksburg, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Blacksburg, VA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

94.9% of the population of Blacksburg, VA has health coverage, with 67% on employee plans, 3.75% on Medicaid, 4.42% on Medicare, 17.5% on non-group plans, and 2.18% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Montgomery County, VA see 1436 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.51% decrease from the previous year (1473 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2293 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 554 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

Data is only available at the country level. Showing data for Montgomery County, VA.
1,436 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Montgomery County, VA

Primary care physicians in Montgomery County, VA see an average of 1,436 patients per year. This represents a 2.51% decrease from the previous year (1,473 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Montgomery County, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Virginia
$4,218
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,361
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,677
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.08%
Uninsured
67%
Employer Coverage
3.75%
Medicaid
4.42%
Medicare
17.5%
Non-Group
2.18%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blacksburg, VA declined by 5.16% from 5.36% to 5.08%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Blacksburg, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 15.6% prevalence
  2. 15.6% prevalence
  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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