Wirt County, West Virginia

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Wirt County, West Virginia
Wirt County Courthouse Elizabeth West Virginia.jpg
The Wirt County Courthouse in Elizabeth
Map of West Virginia highlighting Wirt 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 19, 1848
Named for William Wirt
Seat Elizabeth
Largest town Elizabeth
Area
 • Total 235 sq mi (609 km2)
 • Land 233 sq mi (603 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6 km2), 1.0%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 5,901
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.wirtcounty.wv.gov

Wirt County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,717,[1] making it the least populous county in West Virginia. Its county seat is Elizabeth.[2] The county was created in 1848[3] by the Virginia General Assembly and named for U.S. Attorney General and presidential candidate William Wirt. The county is serviced by one high school, Wirt County High School.

Wirt County is included in the Parkersburg-Vienna, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 235 square miles (610 km2), of which 233 square miles (600 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,353
1860 3,751 11.9%
1870 4,804 28.1%
1880 7,104 47.9%
1890 9,411 32.5%
1900 10,284 9.3%
1910 9,047 −12.0%
1920 7,536 −16.7%
1930 6,358 −15.6%
1940 6,475 1.8%
1950 5,119 −20.9%
1960 4,391 −14.2%
1970 4,154 −5.4%
1980 4,922 18.5%
1990 5,192 5.5%
2000 5,873 13.1%
2010 5,717 −2.7%
Est. 2013 5,901 3.2%
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 5,873 people, 2,284 households, and 1,699 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 3,266 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.55% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,284 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.60% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,748, and the median income for a family was $33,872. Males had a median income of $29,088 versus $17,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,000. About 17.00% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 39°01′N 81°23′W / 39.02°N 81.38°W / 39.02; -81.38

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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/wvcounties.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.