Webster County, West Virginia

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Webster County, West Virginia
Webster County Courthouse West Virginia.jpg
The Webster County Courthouse in Webster Springs in 2007
Map of West Virginia highlighting Webster County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded January 10, 1860
Named for Daniel Webster
Seat Webster Springs
Largest town Webster Springs
Area
 • Total 556 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Land 553 sq mi (1,432 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2), 0.5%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 8,893
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.webstercounty.wv.gov

Webster County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,154.[1] Its county seat is Webster Springs.[2] The county was founded in 1860 and named for Daniel Webster.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 556 square miles (1,440 km2), of which 553 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,555
1870 1,730 11.3%
1880 3,207 85.4%
1890 4,783 49.1%
1900 8,862 85.3%
1910 9,680 9.2%
1920 11,562 19.4%
1930 14,216 23.0%
1940 18,080 27.2%
1950 17,888 −1.1%
1960 13,719 −23.3%
1970 9,809 −28.5%
1980 12,245 24.8%
1990 10,729 −12.4%
2000 9,719 −9.4%
2010 9,154 −5.8%
Est. 2013 8,893 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 9,719 people, 4,010 households, and 2,815 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 5,273 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.18% White, 0.01% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.01% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,010 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% 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 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,055, and the median income for a family was $25,049. Males had a median income of $25,362 versus $15,381 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,284. About 26.60% of families and 31.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.40% of those under age 18 and 21.00% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Since 1863, Webster County has voted Democratic in every presidential election with the exceptions of 1972 and 2012. In 1972, Nixon carried the county by a mere 1.0% against George McGovern. However in 2012 Mitt Romney carried the county handily with a substantial 28% margin.[10]

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Below is partial listing of known unincorporated communities within Webster County. A complete listing is available here

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.wvculture.org/history/counties/webster.html
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ CNN 2012 Election site

Further reading[edit]

  • Dodrill, William Christian (1915). Moccasin tracks and other imprints. Charleston, WV: Lovett Printing Co. Retrieved 2014-04-20.  (Historical sketches of Webster County)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°29′N 80°26′W / 38.49°N 80.43°W / 38.49; -80.43