Beckley is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 15,940 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Beckley is the eighth largest community in West Virginia.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Beckley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Beckley is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Beckley who work in office and administrative support (13.80%), sales jobs (11.98%), and healthcare (9.68%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Beckley spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.88 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of Beckley are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.83% of adults in Beckley having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Beckley in 2018 was $25,478, which is upper middle income relative to West Virginia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,912 for a family of four. However, Beckley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Beckley is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Beckley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Beckley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Beckley include German, Irish, English, African, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Beckley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.