Friendly, West Virginia

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Friendly, West Virginia
Town
Location of Friendly, West Virginia
Location of Friendly, West Virginia
Coordinates: 39°30′54″N 81°3′40″W / 39.51500°N 81.06111°W / 39.51500; -81.06111Coordinates: 39°30′54″N 81°3′40″W / 39.51500°N 81.06111°W / 39.51500; -81.06111
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Tyler
Area[1]
 • Total 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
 • Land 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 627 ft (191 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 132
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 130
 • Density 1,466.7/sq mi (566.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 26146
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-29404[4]
GNIS feature ID 1554513[5]

Friendly is a town in Tyler County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 132 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The town was likely named for Friend Cochrane Williamson, the grandson of Thomas Williamson, an early settler on the townsite.[6] Friendly was incorporated in 1898.[7]

It is the setting of the novel Shiloh.

The 1884 Heirloom tomato variety was said to be discovered by James Lyde Williamson growing in a pile of flood debris along the Ohio River near Friendly, after the Great Flood of 1884.[8][9]

The Friendly City Building and Jail has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography[edit]

Friendly is located at 39°30′54″N 81°3′40″W / 39.51500°N 81.06111°W / 39.51500; -81.06111 (39.514888, -81.061011),[10] along the Ohio River; directly across from Matamoras, Ohio.[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 132 people, 55 households, and 37 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,466.7 inhabitants per square mile (566.3 /km2). There were 73 housing units at an average density of 811.1 per square mile (313.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 100.0% White.

There were 55 households of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 10.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.68.

The median age in the town was 47 years. 20.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.4% were from 25 to 44; 32.6% were from 45 to 64; and 22% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 159 people, 62 households, and 47 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,664.3 inhabitants per square mile (613.9/km²). There were 70 housing units at an average density of 732.7 per square mile (270.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.99% White.

There were 62 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,571, and the median income for a family was $34,821. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,386. About 13.2% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 26.7% of those sixty five or over.

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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. ^ a b "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. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, West Virginia: The Place Name Press. p. 255. 
  7. ^ West Virginia Blue Book. Published annually by the Clerk's Office of the West Virginia Senate.
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  9. ^ <http://store.tomatofest.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TF-0002.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1997. p. 23. ISBN 0-89933-246-3.