Lewis County, West Virginia

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Lewis County, West Virginia
Lewis County Courthouse Weston.jpg
Lewis County Courthouse
Map of West Virginia highlighting Lewis County
Location in the U.S. state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1816
Seat Weston
Largest city Weston
Area
 • Total 390 sq mi (1,010 km2)
 • Land 385 sq mi (997 km2)
 • Water 4.8 sq mi (12 km2), 1.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 16,448
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lewiscounty.wv.gov

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,372.[1] Its county seat is Weston.[2] The county was founded in 1816.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 390 square miles (1,000 km2), of which 385 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.2%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,247
1830 6,241 47.0%
1840 8,151 30.6%
1850 10,031 23.1%
1860 7,999 −20.3%
1870 10,175 27.2%
1880 13,269 30.4%
1890 15,895 19.8%
1900 16,980 6.8%
1910 18,821 10.8%
1920 20,455 8.7%
1930 21,794 6.5%
1940 22,271 2.2%
1950 21,074 −5.4%
1960 19,711 −6.5%
1970 17,847 −9.5%
1980 18,813 5.4%
1990 17,223 −8.5%
2000 16,919 −1.8%
2010 16,372 −3.2%
Est. 2015 16,448 [5] 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 16,919 people, 6,946 households, and 4,806 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 7,944 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.59% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,946 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,066, and the median income for a family was $32,431. Males had a median income of $27,906 versus $18,733 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,933. 19.90% of the population and 16.30% of families were below the poverty line. 27.00% of those under the age of 18 and 11.20% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 16,372 people, 6,863 households, and 4,570 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 42.5 inhabitants per square mile (16.4/km2). There were 7,958 housing units at an average density of 20.7 per square mile (8.0/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 97.9% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 17.5% were American, 15.0% were German, 9.9% were Irish, and 7.2% were English.[13]

Of the 6,863 households, 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.4% were non-families, and 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 43.4 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $33,293 and the median income for a family was $42,281. Males had a median income of $31,950 versus $25,945 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,240. About 13.6% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results[15]
Year Republican Democrat
2012 69.51% 4,375 27.58% 1,736
2008 65.60% 4,335 31.92% 2,109
2004 63.51% 4,445 35.36% 2,475
2000 58.79% 3,606 38.39% 2,355

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvcounties.html
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 

Coordinates: 39°00′N 80°31′W / 39.00°N 80.51°W / 39.00; -80.51