Elizabeth, West Virginia

Coordinates: 39°3′46″N 81°23′44″W / 39.06278°N 81.39556°W / 39.06278; -81.39556
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Elizabeth, West Virginia
Wirt County Courthouse
Wirt County Courthouse
Location of Elizabeth in Wirt County, West Virginia.
Location of Elizabeth in Wirt County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 39°3′46″N 81°23′44″W / 39.06278°N 81.39556°W / 39.06278; -81.39556
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountyWirt
Area
 • Total0.51 sq mi (1.31 km2)
 • Land0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
646 ft (197 m)
Population
 • Total724
 • Estimate 
(2021)[2]
706
 • Density1,771.67/sq mi (684.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26143
Area code304
FIPS code54-24364[3]
GNIS feature ID1538603[4]

Elizabeth is a town in and the county seat of Wirt County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the Little Kanawha River.[5][6] The population was 724 as of the 2020 census.[2]

History[edit]

The site of Elizabeth was first settled by William Beauchamp (1743-1808) in 1796 when it was still part of the original, vast Harrison County, Virginia. It was known as "Beauchamp's Mills" until 1817 when it was renamed for Elizabeth (Woodyard) Beauchamp (1780-1838), the wife of William's son David Beauchamp (1776-1828).[7][8] Elizabeth was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1822[9] and became the county seat when Wirt County was created in 1848.

Geography[edit]

Elizabeth is located at 39°3′46″N 81°23′44″W / 39.06278°N 81.39556°W / 39.06278; -81.39556 (39.062852, -81.395529).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.53 square miles (1.37 km2), of which 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.[11]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Elizabeth has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1880395
189071079.7%
1900657−7.5%
19106742.6%
19206811.0%
19307165.1%
1940685−4.3%
195075510.2%
1960727−3.7%
197082112.9%
19808564.3%
19909005.1%
200099410.4%
2010823−17.2%
2020724−12.0%
2021 (est.)706[2]−2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[14] of 2010, there were 823 people, 377 households, and 228 families living in the town. The population density was 1,751.1 inhabitants per square mile (676.1/km2). There were 437 housing units at an average density of 929.8 per square mile (359.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.4% White, 0.7% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 377 households, of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.5% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the town was 40.7 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 994 people, 408 households, and 261 families living in the town. The population density was 2,091.3 inhabitants per square mile (799.6 /km2). There were 466 housing units at an average density of 980.4 per square mile (374.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.20% White, 0.10% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.30% from other races, and 0.20% from two or more races.

There were 408 households, out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,114, and the median income for a family was $30,104. Males had a median income of $24,306 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,704. About 20.2% of families and 23.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". Census.gov. US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ DeLorme (1997). West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-246-3.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  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. 224.
  8. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 116.
  9. ^ West Virginia Blue Book. Published annually by the Clerk's Office of the West Virginia Senate.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Elizabeth, West Virginia
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2013.