Northfork, West Virginia

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Northfork, West Virginia
Town
North Fork is about four miles from Gilliam Mine. North Fork, McDowell County, West Virginia. - NARA - 540807.jpg
Nickname(s): Northfork Blue Demons
Location of Northfork, West Virginia
Location of Northfork, West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°25′0″N 81°25′54″W / 37.41667°N 81.43167°W / 37.41667; -81.43167Coordinates: 37°25′0″N 81°25′54″W / 37.41667°N 81.43167°W / 37.41667; -81.43167
Country United States
State West Virginia
County McDowell
Government
 • Mayor Marcus Wilkes
 • Council Members Martha Widener, Bernie F Shupe, Tara Capparelli, Latonya Foster, Dorothy Cordle, Town Recorder: Michelle Hargrave
Area[1]
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.49 km2)
 • Land 0.96 sq mi (2.49 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,686 ft (514 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 429
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 411
 • Density 446.9/sq mi (172.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24868
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-59428[4]
GNIS feature ID 1544237[5]

Northfork is a town in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA, located on US Route 52 between Welch and Bluefield.

The population was 429 at the 2010 census. Northfork was incorporated in 1901, so named because of its location on the north fork of the Elkhorn Creek at its junction with the south fork. It was consolidated with the town of Clark on March 26, 1948.

The town also has a museum which has a variety of coal mining items.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.96 square miles (2.49 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 429 people, 173 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 446.9 inhabitants per square mile (172.5 /km2). There were 242 housing units at an average density of 252.1 per square mile (97.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 42.2% White, 57.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 173 households of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.5% were married couples living together, 21.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.6% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median age in the town was 46.3 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.6% were from 25 to 44; 33.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 519 people, 229 households, and 130 families residing in the town. The population density was 535.8 inhabitants per square mile (206.9 /km2). There were 298 housing units at an average density of 307.7 per square mile (118.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 44.12% White, 53.95% African American, 0.19% Native American, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 229 households out of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.3% were married couples living together, 24.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 79.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,544, and the median income for a family was $19,236. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $20,781 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,001. About 31.3% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.6% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

Prominent citizens[edit]

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.