Highest-earning counties in West Virginia

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July 6, 2022
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Highest-earning counties in West Virginia

The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from 2019. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning counties in West Virginia using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

Data shows that annual annual income depends heavily on an individual's educational attainment, race, ethnicity, gender, and even location. One cluster of the United States is particularly well off: The five of the seven counties with the highest median household income in the country can be found in the Washington D.C. metropolitan areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. These counties can likely attribute their wealth to their proximity to Washington D.C., which attracts highly educated and skilled people in areas of law and public policy. And people in those fields often marry each other, making two high-earning households one very high-earning household.

Keep reading to learn more about the highest-earning counties in West Virginia.

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#55. McDowell County

- Median household income: $26,072
--- 45.7% below state average, 59.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 5.9%
--- #3,130 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 27.7%
--- #3,130 highest among all counties nationwide

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#54. Webster County

- Median household income: $33,358
--- 30.6% below state average, 48.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 9.4%
--- #3,049 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.5%
--- #3,040 highest among all counties nationwide

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#53. Clay County

- Median household income: $35,154
--- 26.8% below state average, 45.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 10.2%
--- #3,009 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 22.0%
--- #2,994 highest among all counties nationwide

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#52. Mingo County

- Median household income: $35,454
--- 26.2% below state average, 45.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 7.9%
--- #3,094 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 25.6%
--- #2,984 highest among all counties nationwide

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#51. Logan County

- Median household income: $36,250
--- 24.5% below state average, 44.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.9%
--- #2,347 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.6%
--- #2,960 highest among all counties nationwide

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#50. Pocahontas County

- Median household income: $37,642
--- 21.6% below state average, 42.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 11.8%
--- #2,891 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.2%
--- #2,903 highest among all counties nationwide

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#49. Summers County

- Median household income: $37,769
--- 21.4% below state average, 41.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.0%
--- #2,865 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #2,898 highest among all counties nationwide

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#48. Calhoun County

- Median household income: $38,668
--- 19.5% below state average, 40.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.4%
--- #2,720 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
--- #2,853 highest among all counties nationwide

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#47. Roane County

- Median household income: $38,895
--- 19.0% below state average, 40.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 11.6%
--- #2,912 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.1%
--- #2,849 highest among all counties nationwide

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#46. Barbour County

- Median household income: $38,906
--- 19.0% below state average, 40.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.9%
--- #2,527 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
--- #2,848 highest among all counties nationwide

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#45. Greenbrier County

- Median household income: $39,807
--- 17.1% below state average, 38.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.8%
--- #2,783 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.1%
--- #2,802 highest among all counties nationwide

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#44. Nicholas County

- Median household income: $40,318
--- 16.1% below state average, 38.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.4%
--- #2,825 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.7%
--- #2,773 highest among all counties nationwide

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#43. Mercer County

- Median household income: $40,716
--- 15.2% below state average, 37.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 10.8%
--- #2,976 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
--- #2,746 highest among all counties nationwide

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#42. Upshur County

- Median household income: $40,802
--- 15.1% below state average, 37.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.7%
--- #2,553 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.4%
--- #2,740 highest among all counties nationwide

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#41. Cabell County

- Median household income: $41,472
--- 13.7% below state average, 36.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.8%
--- #2,179 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.7%
--- #2,697 highest among all counties nationwide

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#40. Lincoln County

- Median household income: $42,064
--- 12.4% below state average, 35.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.4%
--- #2,591 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.9%
--- #2,650 highest among all counties nationwide

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#39. Gilmer County

- Median household income: $42,883
--- 10.7% below state average, 34.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 10.1%
--- #3,015 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.1%
--- #2,577 highest among all counties nationwide

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#38. Raleigh County

- Median household income: $43,283
--- 9.9% below state average, 33.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.0%
--- #2,143 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.0%
--- #2,553 highest among all counties nationwide

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#37. Grant County

- Median household income: $43,313
--- 9.8% below state average, 33.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 11.2%
--- #2,949 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.5%
--- #2,552 highest among all counties nationwide

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#36. Wayne County

- Median household income: $43,710
--- 9.0% below state average, 32.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.5%
--- #2,576 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.0%
--- #2,520 highest among all counties nationwide

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#35. Fayette County

- Median household income: $43,722
--- 9.0% below state average, 32.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.3%
--- #2,829 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.2%
--- #2,517 highest among all counties nationwide

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#34. Braxton County

- Median household income: $43,819
--- 8.8% below state average, 32.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.7%
--- #2,694 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.5%
--- #2,510 highest among all counties nationwide

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#33. Lewis County

- Median household income: $43,894
--- 8.6% below state average, 32.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.9%
--- #2,170 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.8%
--- #2,502 highest among all counties nationwide

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#32. Wyoming County

- Median household income: $44,095
--- 8.2% below state average, 32.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.6%
--- #2,699 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.6%
--- #2,484 highest among all counties nationwide

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#31. Ritchie County

- Median household income: $44,328
--- 7.7% below state average, 31.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.0%
--- #2,643 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.4%
--- #2,465 highest among all counties nationwide

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#30. Wetzel County

- Median household income: $44,539
--- 7.3% below state average, 31.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
--- #2,680 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.1%
--- #2,445 highest among all counties nationwide

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#29. Monroe County

- Median household income: $44,828
--- 6.7% below state average, 31.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 10.2%
--- #3,007 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.4%
--- #2,428 highest among all counties nationwide

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#28. Randolph County

- Median household income: $45,206
--- 5.9% below state average, 30.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.6%
--- #2,408 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.6%
--- #2,391 highest among all counties nationwide

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#27. Boone County

- Median household income: $45,297
--- 5.7% below state average, 30.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.3%
--- #2,606 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.4%
--- #2,383 highest among all counties nationwide

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#26. Wirt County

- Median household income: $45,315
--- 5.7% below state average, 30.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.6%
--- #2,802 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.5%
--- #2,382 highest among all counties nationwide

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#25. Pendleton County

- Median household income: $46,358
--- 3.5% below state average, 28.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 11.7%
--- #2,899 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.2%
--- #2,292 highest among all counties nationwide

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#24. Hardy County

- Median household income: $46,513
--- 3.2% below state average, 28.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.2%
--- #2,294 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.6%
--- #2,277 highest among all counties nationwide

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#23. Kanawha County

- Median household income: $47,122
--- 1.9% below state average, 27.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.0%
--- #1,607 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
--- #2,218 highest among all counties nationwide

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#22. Tucker County

- Median household income: $47,527
--- 1.1% below state average, 26.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.2%
--- #2,740 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.7%
--- #2,184 highest among all counties nationwide

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#21. Tyler County

- Median household income: $47,598
--- 0.9% below state average, 26.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.1%
--- #2,306 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.6%
--- #2,177 highest among all counties nationwide

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#20. Ohio County

- Median household income: $48,056
--- 0.0% above state average, 26.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.5%
--- #1,196 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.8%
--- #2,134 highest among all counties nationwide

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#19. Hancock County

- Median household income: $48,140
--- 0.2% above state average, 25.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.8%
--- #2,545 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.9%
--- #2,130 highest among all counties nationwide

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#18. Brooke County

- Median household income: $48,168
--- 0.3% above state average, 25.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.4%
--- #2,591 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.5%
--- #2,126 highest among all counties nationwide

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#17. Marshall County

- Median household income: $48,179
--- 0.3% above state average, 25.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.9%
--- #1,623 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.8%
--- #2,123 highest among all counties nationwide

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#16. Hampshire County

- Median household income: $48,528
--- 1.0% above state average, 25.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.4%
--- #2,447 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #2,091 highest among all counties nationwide

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#15. Wood County

- Median household income: $48,711
--- 1.4% above state average, 25.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.5%
--- #1,874 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.8%
--- #2,074 highest among all counties nationwide

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#14. Jackson County

- Median household income: $49,115
--- 2.2% above state average, 24.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.0%
--- #1,607 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.1%
--- #2,030 highest among all counties nationwide

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#13. Doddridge County

- Median household income: $51,300
--- 6.8% above state average, 21.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.9%
--- #631 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.6%
--- #1,780 highest among all counties nationwide

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#12. Mineral County

- Median household income: $51,723
--- 7.7% above state average, 20.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.2%
--- #2,625 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #1,718 highest among all counties nationwide

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#11. Mason County

- Median household income: $51,820
--- 7.9% above state average, 20.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.1%
--- #1,587 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.0%
--- #1,701 highest among all counties nationwide

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#10. Preston County

- Median household income: $51,992
--- 8.2% above state average, 20.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.8%
--- #1,311 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.0%
--- #1,677 highest among all counties nationwide

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#9. Harrison County

- Median household income: $52,134
--- 8.5% above state average, 19.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 23.2%
--- #1,105 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
--- #1,653 highest among all counties nationwide

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#8. Marion County

- Median household income: $52,856
--- 10.0% above state average, 18.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.8%
--- #1,637 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.1%
--- #1,571 highest among all counties nationwide

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#7. Taylor County

- Median household income: $52,958
--- 10.2% above state average, 18.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.4%
--- #1,376 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.1%
--- #1,555 highest among all counties nationwide

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#6. Monongalia County

- Median household income: $54,198
--- 12.8% above state average, 16.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 28.4%
--- #587 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.1%
--- #1,428 highest among all counties nationwide

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#5. Pleasants County

- Median household income: $55,508
--- 15.6% above state average, 14.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.6%
--- #1,191 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #1,291 highest among all counties nationwide

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#4. Morgan County

- Median household income: $57,116
--- 18.9% above state average, 12.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.2%
--- #1,575 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.5%
--- #1,148 highest among all counties nationwide

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#3. Putnam County

- Median household income: $63,954
--- 33.1% above state average, 1.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 29.2%
--- #534 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.3%
--- #641 highest among all counties nationwide

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#2. Berkeley County

- Median household income: $65,286
--- 35.9% above state average, 0.4% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 26.8%
--- #709 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.7%
--- #563 highest among all counties nationwide

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#1. Jefferson County

- Median household income: $82,551
--- 71.8% above state average, 27.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 40.8%
--- #155 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.8%
--- #165 highest among all counties nationwide

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