Terra Alta, West Virginia

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Terra Alta, West Virginia
Town
Location in Preston County and the state of West Virginia.
Location in Preston County and the state of West Virginia.
Coordinates: 39°26′40″N 79°32′38″W / 39.44444°N 79.54389°W / 39.44444; -79.54389Coordinates: 39°26′40″N 79°32′38″W / 39.44444°N 79.54389°W / 39.44444; -79.54389
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Preston
Government
 • Mayor Teresa "Tess" Dixon [1]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Land 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,582 ft (787 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 1,477
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 1,490
 • Density 1,241.2/sq mi (479.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 26764
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-79708[5]
GNIS feature ID 1547983[6]

Terra Alta is a town and former coal town in Preston County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,477 at the 2010 census. Terra Alta was also in the running to be the county seat, but Kingwood, a town twelve miles away, surpassed it.

History[edit]

The James S. Lakin House and Terra Alta Bank are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

Geography[edit]

Terra Alta is located at 39°26′40″N 79°32′38″W / 39.44444°N 79.54389°W / 39.44444; -79.54389 (39.444343, -79.544002).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.19 square miles (3.08 km2), all of it land.[2]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Terra Alta has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[9]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,477 people, 610 households, and 394 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,241.2 inhabitants per square mile (479.2/km2). There were 700 housing units at an average density of 588.2 per square mile (227.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 610 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the town was 38.8 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,456 people, 596 households, and 417 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,220.1 inhabitants per square mile (472.4/km²). There were 690 housing units at an average density of 578.2 per square mile (223.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.18% White, 0.14% African American, 0.07% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 596 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,388, and the median income for a family was $32,692. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $17,950 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,040. About 15.6% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.5% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions[edit]

Sunshine Daydream, a music park owned and operated by Sunshine Daydream, LLC, is a live music venue. The 45.5-acre (184,000 m2) campus serves as a home for the live-in operators as well as a stage and campground for music fans.[10] Sunshine Daydream music park mainly focuses their attention towards the Grateful Dead and other classic rock bands of the 60's and 70's along with many new acts who perform much of the same genre of music.

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