Pleasants County, West Virginia
|Pleasants County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
|• Total||135 sq mi (350 km2)|
|• Land||131 sq mi (339 km2)|
|• Water||4 sq mi (10 km2), 2.87%|
|• Density||445/sq mi (172/km²)|
Pleasants County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2010, the population was 7,605.  Its county seat is St. Marys. It was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1851 and named for US Senator and Virginia Governor James Pleasants, Jr.. Pleasants County is included in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, West Virginia-Ohio (part) Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 135 square miles (349 km²), of which 131 square miles (339 km²) is land and 4 square miles (10 km²) (2.87%) is water.
- Washington County, Ohio (north)
- Tyler County (east)
- Ritchie County (southeast)
- Wood County (southwest)
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,514 people, 2,887 households, and 2,136 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 3,214 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.30% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,887 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,736, and the median income for a family was $37,795. Males had a median income of $31,068 versus $18,077 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,920. About 10.90% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.
In the 2008 presidential election, 60% of the county's vote went to Senator John McCain, while 38% went to Barack Obama.
Cities and towns
||Washington County, Ohio|
|Wood County||Ritchie County|
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.