The Beckley WV Metro area has a population of 112,993. Beckley is a medium-sized town that's ranked among the top places to live in West Virginia. The demographics of Beckley are: white (75.2%), African American (16.4%) and Asian (3.01%), and other races (5.39%). The median age here is 41.6 years old and residents tend to lean conservative. Raleigh County residents voted republican in the last five presidential elections.
The median home value here is $115,300, and more than half of the homes here are less than $100,000. Most of Beckley's home owners don't carry a mortgage. 61.6% of residents in Beckley WV own their homes and those who don't, pay an average monthly rent of $748. Browse the newest Beckley WV Homes For Sale.
Beckley's high school graduation rate is 3% higher than the state of West Virginia and schools here offer a student/teacher ratio of 13 to 1. The top public schools in Beckley are Hollywood Elementary, Park Middle School, Woodrow Wilson High School, Crescent Elementary, Maxwell Hill Elementary, Stanaford Elementary School, Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary, Beckley-Stratton Middle School.
Beckley is also home to WVU Tech, which offers engineering programs and STEM majors as well as a wide array of sports. The area is also home to the University of Charleston, Valley College, New River Community & Technical College, and Appalachian Bible College.
In December of 2018, Beckley was ranked the Least Expensive Place to Live in the United States according to Business Insider Magazine. The cost of goods and services here are approximately 4/5 less than the United States Average. The median household income here is $42,972 and the per capita income is $26,189.
Just over 26% of the population works in education, healthcare, and social assistance. The most popular occupations here are physician assistant, family nurse practitioner, and office manager. The area's largest employers are Appalachian Regional, Healthcare, Inc., Beckley VA Medical Center, and West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Outdoor activities make up a big part of the local job opportunities, with 7% of the population working in mining, agriculture, fishing, hunting, and forestry.
Locals love spending time outdoors, enjoying everything from hiking, 4 wheeling, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, hunting, and skiing. Beckley also has its own coal mine, although it's not currently in service. Visitors can go on a mine car tour 1,500 below ground. The tour, guided by veteran miners, is one of the areas most popular tourist attractions.
Beckley has one of the most affordable ski resorts in the southeast making Beckley a four-season outdoor travel destination. Winterplace Ski Resort has 30 trails for skiers and boarders of all abilities. Add a terrain park and the largest snow tubing capacity in West Virginia, and you’ve got the recipe for a good time all winter long.
Beckley is also known for its focus on arts and culture. Some favorite local attractions include: Beckley Art Center, Theatre West Virginia, Beckley Concert Association, and Wildwood House Museum. The area also hosts many events and festivals like Chili Night, Beckley Kids Classic Festival, Appalachian Festival, Veteran's Day and Christmas parades, and much more.