Summers County, West Virginia
|Summers County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
|• Total||368 sq mi (953 km2)|
|• Land||361 sq mi (935 km2)|
|• Water||7 sq mi (18 km2), 1.78%|
|• Density||39/sq mi (15/km²)|
Summers County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,927. Its county seat is Hinton. Summers County was created by an act of the West Virginia General Assembly on February 27, 1871 from parts of Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer and Monroe counties and named in honor of George W. Summers (1804-1868).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 368 square miles (952 km²), of which 361 square miles (935 km²) is land and 7 square miles (17 km²) (1.78%) is water.
- Interstate 64
- West Virginia Route 3
- West Virginia Route 12
- West Virginia Route 20
- West Virginia Route 107
- Greenbrier County (northeast)
- Monroe County (east)
- Mercer County (southwest)
- Raleigh County (west)
- Fayette County (northwest)
- Giles County, Virginia (south southwest)(Connected by Bluestone Lake)
National protected areas
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,999 people, 5,530 households, and 3,754 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 7,331 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.57% White, 2.15% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 5,530 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the county, the population was spread out with 20.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $21,147, and the median income for a family was $27,251. Males had a median income of $27,485 versus $18,491 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,419. 24.40% of the population and 20.30% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 34.30% of those under the age of 18 and 14.50% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Government and infrastructure
Public schools in Summers County are governed by the Summers County Schools school district; per West Virginia state law, all school districts in West Virginia follow county boundaries. 1,548 students are enrolled in the five public schools in Summers County. Summers County has one public high school, Summers County High School, which serves students in grades 9-12; one middle school, Summers Middle School, which serves students in grades 6-8; and three elementary schools, all of which serve students in grades Pre-K through 5: Hinton Area Elementary School, Jumping Branch, Elementary School, and Talcott Elementary School. Summers County High School has a total enrollment of 458 students and a graduation rate of 78.45% Summers Middle School has an enrollment of 334 students, and Hinton Area Elementary School, Jumping Branch Elementary School, and Talcott Elementary School have enrollments of 469, 132, and 155 students respectively.
Summers County is also home to one private school, Pipestem Christian Academy. Pipestem Christian Academy is part of the West Virginia Christian Education Association and has a total enrollment of 89 students in grades Pre-K through 11. Greenbrier Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for girls, is also located in Summers County, in the community of Pence Springs. Additionally, 28 home schools serving 38 students are located in Summers County.
- Forest Hill
- Green Sulphur Springs
- Indian Mills
- Pence Springs
- Jumping Branch, West Virginia
- Marie, West Virginia
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||Fayette County||Greenbrier County|
|Raleigh County||Monroe County|
|Mercer County||Giles County, Virginia|