Boone County, West Virginia
|Boone County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
503 sq mi (1,303 km²)
503 sq mi (1,303 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.04%
49/sq mi (18.9/km²)
Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,629. Its county seat is Madison. Boone County was formed in 1847 from parts of Kanawha, Cabell, and Logan Counties and named for Daniel Boone, noted hunter and explorer, whose home was in the Great Kanawha Valley from 1789 to 1795.
On February 1, 2006, two fatal mining accidents occurred in the communities of Uneeda and Wharton in Boone County. These two deaths with the addition of January's Sago Mine disaster and the Aracoma Alma Mine disaster caused West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to close all of West Virginia's mines in a "mine safety stand-down."
- Jeffrey-Spencer Elementary School
- Madison Elementary School
- Ramage Elementary School
- Brookview Elementary School
- Madison Middle School
- Scott High School
- Van Elementary School
- Van Jr./Sr. High School
- Wharton Elementary School
- Ashford-Rumble Elementary School
- Nellis Elementary School
- Sherman Elementary School
- Sherman Junior High School
- Sherman Senior High School
- Whitesville Elementary School
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 503 square miles (1,302.8 km2), of which 0.04% is water.
Major highways 
- U.S. Highway 119
- West Virginia Route 3
- West Virginia Route 17
- West Virginia Route 85
- West Virginia Route 94
- West Virginia Route 99
Adjacent counties 
- Kanawha County (north)
- Raleigh County (east)
- Wyoming County (south)
- Logan County (southwest)
- Lincoln County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 25,535 people, 10,291 households, and 7,460 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,575 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.53% White, 0.65% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 10,291 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,669, and the median income for a family was $31,999. Males had a median income of $34,931 versus $19,607 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,453. About 18.30% of families and 22.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.90% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Incorporated cities and towns 
Below is partial listing of known unincorporated communities within Boone County. A complete listing is available here
Unincorporated communities 
Notable residents 
- Hasil Adkins, musician
- Billy Edd Wheeler, songwriter
- D. Ray White, mountain dancer, father of Jesco White
- Jesco White, "the Dancing Outlaw," mountain dancer, son of D. Ray White
See also 
- Fork Creek Wildlife Management Area
- The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, a documentary film set in Boone County
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Boone County, West Virginia
- Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial, a roadside memorial in Whitesville to honor the 29 men killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on April 5th, 2010.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Boone County Community and Economic Development Office
- Boone County Firefighters and Mutual Aid Association
- WVGenWeb Boone County
- Danville WV (Boone County) Volunteer Fire Department
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