Beckley has the 1743rd largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 3.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Unemployment in the Beckley area is 7.0%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Beckley has the 318th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Beckley is below average at $37,580, and the median cost of a home in Beckley is $107,800, which is below the national average. 24% of workers in Beckley hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 88% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Beckley. 83% of Beckley workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Beckley spend an average of 17 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.