Parkersburg has the 995th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 1.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Unemployment in the Parkersburg area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Parkersburg has the 360th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Parkersburg is below average at $37,460, and the median cost of a home in Parkersburg is $86,700, which is below the national average. 14% of workers in Parkersburg hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 86% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Parkersburg. 84% of Parkersburg workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 4% walk. People in Parkersburg spend an average of 17 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.