Nicholas County, West Virginia
|Nicholas County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 30, 1818|
|• Total||654 sq mi (1,694 km2)|
|• Land||649 sq mi (1,681 km2)|
|• Water||6 sq mi (16 km2), 0.88%|
|• Density||41/sq mi (16/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Nicholas County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was estimated at 26,229 for 2012. Its county seat is Summersville. Nicholas County was created in 1818 by the Virginia General Assembly and named for Virginia Governor Wilson Cary Nicholas.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 654 square miles (1,695 km²), of which 649 square miles (1,680 km²) is land and 6 square miles (15 km²) (0.88%) is water.
- U.S. Highway 19
- West Virginia Route 20
- West Virginia Route 39
- West Virginia Route 41
- West Virginia Route 55
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Keslers Cross Lanes
- Braxton County (north)
- Webster County (northeast)
- Greenbrier County (southeast)
- Fayette County (southwest)
- Clay County (northwest)
- Kanawha County (west)
||Clay County||Braxton County||Webster County|
|Fayette County||Greenbrier County|
National protected areas
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,562 people, 10,722 households, and 7,762 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 12,406 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.84% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 10,722 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,974, and the median income for a family was $32,074. Males had a median income of $30,508 versus $17,964 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,207. About 15.00% of families and 19.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.40% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Incorporated cities and towns
- Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Nicholas County, West Virginia
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- William Griffee Brown, History of Nicholas County West Virginia. Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, 1954.
- A.J. Legg, A History of Panther Mountain Community (Nicholas County, West Virginia). Morgantown, WV: Agricultural Extension Division, 1930.
- Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society, Nicholas County History. Summersville, WV: Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1985.
- Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society, Nicholas County, West Virginia, History 1985 Book Index. Summersville, WV: Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1992.
- Nicholas County, e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. Charleston: West Virginia Humanities Council, 2012.