Logan County, West Virginia
|Logan County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 12, 1824|
|• Total||456 sq mi (1,181 km2)|
|• Land||454 sq mi (1,176 km2)|
|• Water||1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.31%|
|• Density||83/sq mi (32/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Logan County was formed in 1824 from parts of Giles, Tazewell, Cabell, and Kanawha counties. It is named for Chief Logan, famous Native American chief of the Mingo tribe. In 1921 it was the location of the Battle of Blair Mountain, one of the largest armed uprisings in U.S. history.
More recently, the Buffalo Creek Flood of February 26, 1972, killed 125 people when a coal slurry dam burst under the pressure of heavy rains, releasing over 100,000,000 US gallons (380,000,000 L) of waste and water in a 30-foot (9.1 m) wave onto the valley below. The communities of Lorado and Lundale were destroyed and 14 other communities heavily damaged, including Saunders, Amherstdale, Crites, and Latrobe.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 456 square miles (1,180 km²). 454 square miles (1,176 km²) of it is land and 1 square mile (4 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.
- U.S. Highway 52
- U.S. Highway 119
- West Virginia Route 10
- West Virginia Route 17
- West Virginia Route 44
- West Virginia Route 73
- West Virginia Route 80
||Lincoln County||Boone County|
|Mingo County||Wyoming County|
As of the census of 2000, there were 37,710 people, 14,880 households, and 10,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 16,807 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.33% White, 2.59% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 14,880 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $24,603, and the median income for a family was $29,072. Males had a median income of $31,515 versus $20,212 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,102. About 20.80% of families and 24.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.60% of those under age 18 and 14.40% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- 2004 Logan County, W.Va. Political Scandal
- 2006 Aracoma Alma Mine disaster
- Buffalo Creek flood
- Chief Logan
- Chief Logan State Park
- Elk Creek Wildlife Management Area
- James H. Harless
- Logan's Lament
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Logan County, West Virginia
- Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- Earl Dotter, "Coalfield Generations: Health, Mining, and the Environment," Southern Spaces 16 July 2008. http://southernspaces.org/2008/coalfield-generations-health-mining-and-environment
- Logan County Chamber of Commerce
- Logan County Schools
- Logan County WVGenWeb
- Logan Coalfield
- The Logan Banner - daily newspaper.
- Blair Community Center and Museum to visit a museum focused on the largest labor battle in the United States as well as the heritage of local coal-mining communities.