Taylor County, West Virginia
|Taylor County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 19, 1844|
|Named for||John Taylor of Caroline|
|• Total||176 sq mi (456 km2)|
|• Land||173 sq mi (448 km2)|
|• Water||2.9 sq mi (8 km2), 1.7%|
|• Density||93/sq mi (36/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Taylor County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,895. Its county seat is Grafton. The county was formed in 1844. and named for Senator John Taylor of Caroline
Some of the first Europeans to visit the area are thought to have been British Army deserters from Fort Pitt, who reportedly fled their post in 1761 during the French and Indian War and roamed northwestern Virginia for several years thereafter. A European trader with the Hudson's Bay Company reportedly set foot in these lands as early as 1764.
Pruntytown is the oldest remaining town in present-day Taylor County. Initially known as Cross Roads, Pruntytown was renamed Williamsport in honor of Abraham Williams, a longtime resident, on January 1, 1801. The name was changed to honor pioneer resident John Prunty on January 23, 1845. The town served as the county seat of government from the county's founding in 1844 until a county election in 1878 moved that honor to Grafton, West Virginia.
The county was established by the Virginia General Assembly on January 19, 1844. It was formed out of parts of Barbour, Harrison, and Marion counties in Virginia. Most historians think the county was named after John Taylor of Caroline, while a minority believe it was named after Zachary Taylor.
- Monongalia County (north)
- Preston County (east)
- Barbour County (south)
- Harrison County (west)
- Marion County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,089 people, 6,320 households, and 4,487 families residing in the county. The population density was 93 people per square mile (36/km²). There were 7,125 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.07% White, 0.83% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,320 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,124, and the median income for a family was $32,222. Males had a median income of $29,349 versus $20,116 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,681. About 15.30% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.00% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Taylor County, West Virginia
- Pruntytown Wildlife Management Area
- Tygart Lake State Park
- Valley Falls State Park
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- ["Early History of Taylor County," West Virginia University http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/wv/Taylor/tayhistory.html]
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- West Virginia Archives and History references for Taylor County, West Virginia
- Taylor County Public Library
||Marion County||Monongalia County|
|Harrison County||Preston County|