In April, thousands of census takers will be combing the nation as part of the 2010 census, and in preparation, West Virginia University has established a web site to provide access to census information and much more.

The website, www.be.wvu.edu/demographics, provides links to a sample census questionnaire, details from previous censuses – back to 1790 when the every-10-year census began – and even a link to information on how to get a census job.

But the site’s most valuable asset is likely the depth of data on West Virginia, such as:

• According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual estimates of housing units, eight West Virginia counties had fewer than 5,000 housing units in 2008, with Pleasants, Wirt and Gilmer Counties having the fewest.
• According to the Workforce West Virginia labor market information, Boone, Mingo and Putnam counties had the highest average annual wages in 2008.
• By 2030 – unless there is a shift in population growth – more than one of every five people in West Virginia will be 65 years or older.
• West Virginia is one of the states that provides the largest public health insurance coverage for its people at all ages.

“This website is dedicated to providing a one-stop access to demographics and demographics-related data concerning West Virginia and its regions,” said Dr. Christiadi, demographer and website developer at the College of Business and Economics Bureau of Business and Economic Research. “As additional research and data is released, it will be in this site.”

Some data in the website are already tabulated and directly accessible, he said, others are provided as links. Most linked data are directly accessible, while some require queries.

“This rich set of data and analysis represents an expansion of the BBER’s efforts at delivering data, analysis, and projections to help West Virginia businesses and policy makers learn more about the changing economy,” said BBER Director Dr. Tom S. Witt.

The BBER has been designated as the official West Virginia agency working in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, in the Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates. In this capacity, BBER will assist the Census Bureau in the preparation of set of high-quality county and subcounty population estimates.

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Contacts: Dr. Christiadi
(304) 293.1801

or

Dr. Tom S. Witt
(304) 293.7835