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The FIPS Codes / Counties between 047 and 053 are misaligned. County 047 should be McDowell, as the link shows. The others between 047 and 053 must then be shifted down. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:47, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
I've tagged the sentence "Three counties (Greenbrier, Kanawha and Randolph) have the population and land area that would permit the formation of a new county." for clarification because of two difficulties. One is that, at first reading, one may ask: since they are already counties, how can they now be made into counties? Does it mean that each is large enough in both area and population to be split into two (or more) counties? If so, that is what should be said. The second reason is that I couldn't find my way to the relevant data in ref 6, and ref 7 appears to give only population figures. Note that we need to verify that sufficient population exists within a given area to allow a split. For example, if a county were to have 12,000 residents in 1000 sq miles, divided such that 8,000 live in a 200-sq-mile area and the remaining 4,000 live in the remaining 800 sq miles, then it cannot be split. (This is quite realistic, with a town/farmland split). So we need the specific statement in one of the sources for verification. Do we have it? --Stfg (talk) 20:43, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Yes, one of the sources would clearly state verbatim, that county could not be split if it were caused another county "fall short" of the basic requirements of 400 suare miles and a pop and 6000. Its the WV code, I can get the ref placed properlyCoal town guy (talk) 20:49, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
That would be great, thanks. Do you want to fix the wording too? --Stfg (talk) 20:55, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Supplied example, remaining counties cant form a county because doing so would cause them to fail the standard of 400 square milers and population 6000. I think its rather clear now..Coal town guy (talk) 21:07, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Yes, clear. --Stfg (talk) 21:22, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Just wondering; What happens if an existing county fall below 6.000 people or 400 square miles, for reasons other than new counties? I searched the web, but i ca'nt find anything on the subject. I see that Wirt County is below the 6.000, and 26 counties is below the 400 square miles, but the state constitution does'nt seem to mention this. Why does it not take into account that counties may drop in population? And should'nt it be mentioned in the article? Kristoffer "Wiki" Winkler (talk) 20:36, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
It is mentioned. The current WV constitution spells it out. "Article 9, Section 8, of the West Virginia Constitution permits the creation of additional counties if a majority of citizens in the proposed new county vote for its creation and the new county has a minimum area of 400 square miles (1,036 km2) and a population of at least 6,000. ". The quote is from the article...PRE existing counties that do not make the current threshold are NOT a part of the rules for creating a county. As those counties PRE existed the 1872 constitution, you cant make it go away. HOWEVER new counties if created MUST by a minimum, meet the specifics in the quote. The counties that exist now, that do NOT meet the criteria, pre date the state constitution. As to what would make an existing county fail to meet a standard, its pretty uch an externality that is not in current state law. I have read the state code as well as the state constitution and know of no other mention of such a circumstance. After reviewing all US county FL, it would not seem reasonable to have a what if section, wht if the state blew up, what if we are invaded by aliens etc etc .....Coal town guy (talk) 00:44, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Okay. I was just wondering why state legislators decided to not take already existing counties into account, as the disadvantages of small counties exist regardless of their age. Thank you for your answer. Kristoffer "Wiki" Winkler (talk) 21:29, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Actually, its a great question. IF you ever have the time (dont laugh), the counties are listed explicitly, one by one in the WV State constitution, it did seem odd to me that such an effort was made to make it so very clear, when so many other state constitutions do not.Coal town guy (talk) 00:14, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Nice to know. I would like to look into that soon. And again, thank you for your answer. Kristoffer "Wiki" Winkler (talk) 02:29, 29 July 2014 (UTC)