Cowen, West Virginia

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Cowen, West Virginia
Central Cowen
Central Cowen
Location of Cowen in Webster County, West Virginia.
Location of Cowen in Webster County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°24′38″N 80°33′21″W / 38.41056°N 80.55583°W / 38.41056; -80.55583Coordinates: 38°24′38″N 80°33′21″W / 38.41056°N 80.55583°W / 38.41056; -80.55583
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountyWebster
Government
 • MayorPaula Mae Carpenter
Area
 • Total0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Land0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
2,270 ft (692 m)
Population
 • Total541
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
498
 • Density858.7/sq mi (331.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26206
Area code(s)304
FIPS code54-18412[4]
GNIS feature ID1554208[5]

Cowen is a town in Webster County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 541 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Cowen was named for a president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.[6][7]

Camp Caesar was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[8]

The West Virginia Baptist Camp is just outside Cowen, on the Williams River Road. It was established in 1943 and has been in continuous use each summer since then.

Geography[edit]

Cowen is located at 38°24′38″N 80°33′21″W / 38.41056°N 80.55583°W / 38.41056; -80.55583 (38.410605, -80.555695).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.63 square miles (1.63 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900257
191031221.4%
192039326.0%
193049124.9%
19405399.8%
195063217.3%
1960475−24.8%
1970467−1.7%
198072354.8%
1990549−24.1%
2000513−6.6%
20105415.5%
Est. 2016498[3]−7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 541 people, 230 households, and 156 families residing in the town. The population density was 858.7 inhabitants per square mile (331.5/km2). There were 275 housing units at an average density of 436.5 per square mile (168.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.3% White, 0.2% Native American, and 1.5% from two or more races.

There were 230 households of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the town was 41.7 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 513 people, 224 households, and 148 families residing in the town. The population density was 819.8 inhabitants per square mile (314.4/km²). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 421.9 per square mile (161.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.61% White, 0.19% African American, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 224 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,250, and the median income for a family was $30,147. Males had a median income of $26,389 versus $15,139 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,893. About 19.1% of families and 27.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.7% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 94.
  7. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 188.
  8. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/04/10 through 1/08/10. National Park Service. 2010-01-15.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.