Wheeling, West Virginia metropolitan area

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The Wheeling Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of two counties in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and one in Ohio, anchored by the city of Wheeling. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 147,950. This represents a decline of 3.4% from the 2000 census population of 153,172.[1] The estimated population as of July 1, 2012 is 146,420.[2]

The Wheeling MSA is generally considered part of the Pittsburgh Tri-State area. The metro--although self-contained in many ways--is heavily influenced by Pittsburgh media and transportation (notably Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as some Ohio media and sports influence.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 153,172 people, 62,249 households, and 41,506 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 95.62% White, 2.87% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $30,513, and the median income for a family was $39,284. Males had a median income of $31,388 versus $20,307 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,942.

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