Paw Paw is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 492 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Paw Paw is the 196th largest community in West Virginia. Paw Paw has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Paw Paw is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.04% of the Paw Paw workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Paw Paw is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Paw Paw who work in food service (17.53%), office and administrative support (13.94%), and teaching (8.76%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.94% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One downside of living in Paw Paw, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.25 minutes every day commuting to work.
As is often the case in a small town, Paw Paw doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Paw Paw has a very low overall level of education: only 7.83% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Paw Paw in 2018 was $16,459, which is low income relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,836 for a family of four.
Paw Paw is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Paw Paw home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Paw Paw residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Paw Paw include German, Greek, Scottish, Irish, and French.
The most common language spoken in Paw Paw is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.