Grant County, West Virginia

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Grant County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1866
Named for Ulysses S. Grant
Seat Petersburg
Largest city Petersburg
Area
 • Total 480 sq mi (1,243 km2)
 • Land 477 sq mi (1,235 km2)
 • Water 2.9 sq mi (8 km2), 0.6%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 11,816
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.grantcounty.wv.gov
Rolling countryside in southern Grant County
Grant County Bank, Petersburg

Grant County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,937.[1] Its county seat is Petersburg.[2] Grant County was created from Hardy County in 1866 and named for General Ulysses Simpson Grant.[3] After the American Civil War, there was an effort by former Confederates to name it 'Lee County' instead after General Robert E. Lee, but the effort proved fruitless.

Most of the 47 people killed in the 1985 Election day floods were in Pendleton and Grant counties, according to the National Weather Service.[4] At Franklin, the Pendleton County seat, the South Branch of the Potomac River crested at 22.6 feet during the incident. Flood stage in the shallow riverbed was only 7 feet.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 480 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 477 square miles (1,240 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 4,467
1880 5,542 24.1%
1890 6,802 22.7%
1900 7,275 7.0%
1910 7,838 7.7%
1920 8,993 14.7%
1930 8,441 −6.1%
1940 8,805 4.3%
1950 8,756 −0.6%
1960 8,304 −5.2%
1970 8,607 3.6%
1980 10,210 18.6%
1990 10,428 2.1%
2000 11,299 8.4%
2010 11,937 5.6%
Est. 2012 11,816 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 11,299 people, 4,591 households, and 3,273 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,105 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.33% White, 0.67% Black or African American, 0.26% Indigenous American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,591 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,916, and the median income for a family was $33,813. Males had a median income of $24,796 versus $18,354 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,696. About 12.60% of families and 16.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 18.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Below is partial listing of known unincorporated communities within Grant County. A complete listing is available here

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.wvculture.org/history/counties/grant.html
  4. ^ a b West Virginia Gazette: "Remembering the '85 floods" (D. White) 4 Nov 2010
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 39°06′N 79°12′W / 39.10°N 79.20°W / 39.10; -79.20