Clendenin, West Virginia

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Clendenin, West Virginia
Town
Maywood Avenue in downtown Clendenin in 2007
Maywood Avenue in downtown Clendenin in 2007
Location in Kanawha County and state of West Virginia.
Location in Kanawha County and state of West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°29′19″N 81°20′56″W / 38.48861°N 81.34889°W / 38.48861; -81.34889Coordinates: 38°29′19″N 81°20′56″W / 38.48861°N 81.34889°W / 38.48861; -81.34889
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
Government
 • Type Strong City Council
 • Mayor Gary L. Bledsoe
 • Recorder David E. Ross
Area[1]
 • Total 1.51 sq mi (3.91 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
Elevation 623 ft (190 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,227
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,216
 • Density 852.1/sq mi (329.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25045
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-16012[4]
GNIS feature ID 1537398[5]

Clendenin is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia along the Elk River. The population was 1,227 at the 2010 census. Clendenin was incorporated in 1904 and named for the Clendenins, an early pioneer family in the Kanawha River Valley. Charleston, WV retains the namesake of George Clendenin's father, Charles Clendenin. George Clendenin owned a large portion of present-day Charleston and settled at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers with several other families.

The first petrochemical plant in the world was built in Clendenin in 1920. This plant was the original Union Carbide Corporation facility. Other chief economic staples included (and to some extent still include) timber, coal, gas, oil, and salt.

The current mayor of Clendenin is Mayor Robert Ore. Town elections (including the office of mayor and city council) occur every two years. Recent efforts have been made by the 25045 - A New Clendenin group (a non-profit corporation based in Clendenin) and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (headquartered in Charleston) to enhance economic and cultural development in the town.

Notable Natives[edit]

  • Billy Joe Mantooth -1970 All American at Ferrum College, transferred to West Virginia University in 1971, Also played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers.
  • Dave Stephenson -Played in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.
  • Corey Simms -Reality personality on MTV's program "Teen Mom 2".
  • Bill Karr - played right end for the Chicago Bears from 1933 to 1938, scoring 18 TDs on a career total of only 48 receptions. Later he served as a WV State trooper.
  • John Mark Reynolds - Author and provost at Houston Baptist University, founder and former director of the Torrey Honors Program at Biola University.

Sites of Interest[edit]

Geography[edit]

Clendenin is located at 38°29′19″N 81°20′56″W / 38.48861°N 81.34889°W / 38.48861; -81.34889 (38.488638, -81.348812)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.51 square miles (3.91 km2), of which, 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

The median income for a household in the town was $32,000, and the median income for a family was $38,021. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $18,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,587. About 9.7% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,227 people, 524 households, and 335 families residing in the town. The population density was 852.1 inhabitants per square mile (329.0 /km2). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 400.0 per square mile (154.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.1% of the population.

There were 524 households of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the town was 43.5 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

Education[edit]

Kindergarten through 12th grade students in Clendenin are required to attend Clendenin Elementary School (PK-5), Elkview Middle School (6-8), and Herbert Hoover High School (West Virginia) (9-12). Only one of the schools—Clendenin Elementary—lies within the boundaries of the city. Elkview Middle School is located 7 miles from Clendenin in neighboring Elkview, WV and Herbert Hoover High School is located just outside the city boundaries and has a Clendenin mailing address.

As of the 2010-2011 academic year and in terms of WESTEST 2 math and RLA scores, Clendenin Elementary was ranked 152nd out of 407 primary schools in the state (up 192 ranks from the prior year, and 10th most-improved in the state), receiving an average 48.5 in math and 49.8 in RLA. There were 350 students enrolling in 2010 with a student-teacher ratio of 15.2 students per teacher.[7]

Elkview Middle was ranked 62nd of 159 middle schools in the state (up 28 ranks from the prior year, and 24th most-improved in the state), receiving an average 42.2 in math and 52.8 in RLA. Enrollment at the school in 2010 was 681 students and the student-teacher ratio was 16.2.

Herbert Hoover High was ranked 41st of 118 high schools in the state (up 64 ranks from the prior year, and the most-improved high school in the state), receiving an average 40.8 in math and 49.3 in RLA. Enrollment at the school in 2010 was 797 students and the student-teacher ratio was 16.2.

Vocational schools in the area include Everest Institute, Charleston, WV Job Corps Center, Mountain State School of Massage, Charleston School of Beauty, Carver Beauty Academy, Carver Career and Technical Center, Garnet Career Center, Ben Franklin Career Center, Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, West Virginia Junior College, and Mountaineer Beauty College.

Post-secondary four year and graduate education facilities near Clendenin are primarily located in and around the Charleston, WV urban area, which is located 21 miles away from the town. These schools include West Virginia State University, the University of Charleston, and West Virginia University Institute of Technology (a subsidiary campus of West Virginia University). Both Marshall University and West Virginia University have graduate college facilities located within the Charleston, WV urban area.

Trivia[edit]

Several people in the town have claimed to have seen local legendary monsters such as the Mothman, the Flatwoods, WV Green Monster, and the Clendenin White Tiger.

On November 12, 1966, five men who were digging a grave in a cemetery near Clendenin saw something that looked like “a brown human being” that flew from some nearby trees and glided low over their heads. This was the first known sighting of what became known as the Mothman.

In the 1960s, the hillside on the south side of town featured a sign reading, "Clendenin's Beauty is Everyone's Duty."

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clendenin has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8] In Clendenin, 236 days out of the year have fog, and 153 days have precipitation.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "SchoolDigger.Com". 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Clendenin, West Virginia
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