Wood County, West Virginia
|Wood County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 21, 1798|
|• Total||377 sq mi (976 km2)|
|• Land||367 sq mi (951 km2)|
|• Water||10 sq mi (26 km2), 2.56%|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Wood County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was estimated at 86,701 for 2012. Its county seat is Parkersburg. Wood County is included in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, West Virginia-Ohio (part) Metropolitan Statistical Area. Wood County was formed in 1798 from the western part of Harrison County and it was named for James Wood, governor of Virginia from 1796 to 1799.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 377 square miles (976 km²), of which 367 square miles (951 km²) is land and 10 square miles (25 km²) (2.56%) is water.
Wood County's northern and western boundary is the Ohio River. The Little Kanawha River flows northwestward through the county to its mouth at the Ohio River in Parkersburg. Tributaries of the Little Kanawha River in Wood County include Worthington Creek, Tygart Creek, and Walker Creek.
- Washington County, Ohio (north)
- Pleasants County (northeast)
- Ritchie County (east)
- Wirt County (southeast)
- Jackson County (south)
- Meigs County, Ohio (southwest)
- Athens County, Ohio (west)
||Washington County, Ohio||Pleasants County|
|Athens County, Ohio||Ritchie County|
|Meigs County, Ohio||Jackson County||Wirt County|
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 87,986 people, 36,275 households, and 24,884 families residing in the county. The population density was 240 people per square mile (92/km²). There were 39,785 housing units at an average density of 108 per square mile (42/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.32% White, 1.01% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 36,275 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,285, and the median income for a family was $40,436. Males had a median income of $34,899 versus $22,109 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,073. About 10.60% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.50% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Below is partial listing of known unincorporated communities within Wood County. A complete listing is available here
- Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
- Fries Park
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Wood County, West Virginia
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1997. pp. 22–23, 33–34. ISBN 0-89933-246-3.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved August 27, 2013.