Northfork, West Virginia

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Northfork, West Virginia
Town
Looking north on Coal Heritage Road in Northfork
Looking north on Coal Heritage Road in Northfork
Nickname(s): Northfork Blue Demons
Location of Northfork in McDowell County, West Virginia.
Location of Northfork in McDowell County, West Virginia.
Northfork, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Northfork, West Virginia
Northfork, West Virginia
Location of Northfork in McDowell County, West Virginia.
Northfork, West Virginia is located in the US
Northfork, West Virginia
Northfork, West Virginia
Northfork, West Virginia (the US)
Coordinates: 37°25′0″N 81°25′54″W / 37.41667°N 81.43167°W / 37.41667; -81.43167Coordinates: 37°25′0″N 81°25′54″W / 37.41667°N 81.43167°W / 37.41667; -81.43167
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountyMcDowell
Government
 • MayorCarol Sizemore
 • Council MembersMike Capparelli, Latonia Foster, Bernie Shupe, Curtis Spencer, Robert White Town Recorder: Gary L. Dove[citation needed]
Area[1]
 • Total0.96 sq mi (2.49 km2)
 • Land0.96 sq mi (2.49 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,686 ft (514 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total429
 • Estimate (2016)[3]372
 • Density446.9/sq mi (172.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code24868
Area code(s)304
FIPS code54-59428[4]
GNIS feature ID1544237[5]

Northfork is a town in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA, located on US Route 52 between Welch and Bluefield.

The population was 429 at the 2010 census. Northfork was incorporated in 1901, so named because of its location on the north fork of the Elkhorn Creek at its junction with the south fork. It was consolidated with the town of Clark on March 26, 1948.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.96 square miles (2.49 km2), all of it land.[1] The town is on the Norfolk Southern Railway(former Norfolk and Western) network.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910425
1920421−0.9%
193049417.3%
1940387−21.7%
1950994156.8%
1960798−19.7%
1970737−7.6%
19801,10549.9%
1990656−40.6%
2000519−20.9%
2010429−17.3%
Est. 2016372[3]−13.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Northfork in 1946. Photo by Russell Lee.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 429 people, 173 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 446.9 inhabitants per square mile (172.5/km2). There were 242 housing units at an average density of 252.1 per square mile (97.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 42.2% White, 57.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 173 households of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.5% were married couples living together, 21.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.6% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median age in the town was 46.3 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.6% were from 25 to 44; 33.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 519 people, 229 households, and 130 families residing in the town. The population density was 535.8 inhabitants per square mile (206.9/km2). There were 298 housing units at an average density of 307.7 per square mile (118.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 44.12% White, 53.95% African American, 0.19% Native American, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 229 households out of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.3% were married couples living together, 24.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,544, and the median income for a family was $19,236. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $20,781 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,001. About 31.3% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.6% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. 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. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.