Davis, West Virginia
Davis, West Virginia
William Avenue (Route 32) in Davis in 2006
Location of Davis in Tucker County, West Virginia.
|• Total||1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)|
|• Land||1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||3,100 ft (945 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||351.17/sq mi (135.59/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1550876|
Davis is located at  It is located in the northern portion of Canaan Valley, West Virginia near the Canaan Valley State Resort Park, and is partially surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest, including scenic Blackwater Falls.(39.131110, -79.466318).
At an elevation of 3,100 feet, Davis has the highest elevation of any West Virginia town.
The area surrounding Davis is renowned for its mountain biking trails and bike culture. The most notable trails include the Plantation Trail, Hoo Doo Hustle and Moon Rocks. Many more miles of trails are also easily accessible at nearby Blackwater Falls State Park. The area also hosts several mountain bike races each year. One of these races, The Revenge Of The Rattlesnake, is considered one of the toughest bike races in the country.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2010 census there were 660 people, 305 households, and 173 families living in the town. The population density was 360.7 inhabitants per square mile (139.3/km2). There were 425 housing units at an average density of 232.2 per square mile (89.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.0% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9%.
Of the 305 households 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.3% were non-families. 37.4% of households were one person and 15.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the town was 46.1 years. 17.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 34.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.
At the 2000 census there were 624 people, 290 households, and 176 families living in the town. The population density was 546.0 inhabitants per square mile (211.3/km2). There were 380 housing units at an average density of 332.5 per square mile (128.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.92% White, 0.16% Native American, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32%.
Of the 290 households 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 36.9% of households were one person and 20.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.76.
The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.
The median household income was $25,221 and the median family income was $31,333. Males had a median income of $21,607 versus $17,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,399. About 14.6% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.4% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Eddie Baker, film actor
- Frankie Yankovic, known as "America's Polka King"
- Karl Lashley, psychologist
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, Davis has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.
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