Wyoming County, West Virginia

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Wyoming County, West Virginia
Wyoming County Courthouse West Virginia.jpg
Map of West Virginia highlighting Wyoming 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 January 26, 1850
Seat Pineville
Largest city Mullens
Area
 • Total 502 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Land 499 sq mi (1,292 km2)
 • Water 2.4 sq mi (6 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 22,151
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.wyomingcounty.com

Wyoming County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,796.[1] Its county seat is Pineville.[2] The county was created in 1850 from Logan County and named for the Delaware Indian word meaning "large plains".[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 502 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 499 square miles (1,290 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4] The county is drained by the branches of Sandy and Guyandotte rivers. The land surface is mountainous.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,645
1860 2,861 73.9%
1870 3,171 10.8%
1880 4,322 36.3%
1890 6,247 44.5%
1900 8,380 34.1%
1910 10,392 24.0%
1920 15,180 46.1%
1930 20,926 37.9%
1940 29,774 42.3%
1950 37,540 26.1%
1960 34,836 −7.2%
1970 30,095 −13.6%
1980 35,993 19.6%
1990 28,990 −19.5%
2000 25,708 −11.3%
2010 23,796 −7.4%
Est. 2016 21,763 [6] −8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790–1960[8] 1900–1990[9]
1990–2000[10] 2010–2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 25,709 people, 10,454 households, and 7,704 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,698 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.59% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 0.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,454 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.40% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 27.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,932, and the median income for a family was $29,709. Males had a median income of $32,493 versus $18,812 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,220. About 20.20% of families and 25.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.90% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,796 people, 9,687 households, and 6,947 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 47.6 inhabitants per square mile (18.4/km2). There were 10,958 housing units at an average density of 21.9 per square mile (8.5/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 98.2% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population.[12] The largest ancestry groups were:

Republic of Ireland 13.8% Irish

England 13.2% English

United States 13.2% American

Germany 12.6% German

Italy 2.1% Italian

Northern Ireland 1.2% Scotch-Irish

Netherlands 1.2% Dutch

Scotland 1.1% Scottish [14]

Of the 9,687 households, 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families, and 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 42.6 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,343 and the median income for a family was $46,221. Males had a median income of $43,942 versus $26,428 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,662. About 13.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results[16][17]
Year Republican Democrat
2016 83.06% 6,527 13.50% 1,061
2012 76.65% 5,769 21.03% 1,583
2008 61.37% 4,621 36.32% 2,735
2004 57.18% 4,985 42.37% 3,694
2000 44.08% 3,473 54.44% 4,289
1996 25.21% 2,155 64.92% 5,550
1992 29.36% 2,821 60.19% 5,782
1988 36.31% 3,516 63.38% 6,138
1984 48.48% 5,379 51.29% 5,691
1980 39.41% 4,537 57.54% 6,624
1976 35.54% 4,286 64.46% 7,775
1972 63.95% 7,926 36.05% 4,468
1968 34.04% 3,947 57.27% 6,641
1964 26.88% 3,377 73.12% 9,188
1960 37.14% 5,083 62.86% 8,603
1956 49.74% 7,044 50.26% 7,118
1952 40.41% 6,124 59.59% 9,029
1948 38.34% 4,198 61.43% 6,725
1944 38.66% 4,253 61.34% 6,748
1940 35.94% 4,378 64.06% 7,802
1936 34.84% 3,601 65.16% 6,734
1932 47.69% 4,007 52.31% 4,396
1928 56.68% 3,987 43.32% 3,047
1924 54.69% 3,327 38.76% 2,358
1920 61.78% 2,950 38.22% 1,825

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

  • Jamie Lester, artist
  • William C. Marland, West Virginia Governor
  • Greg White (basketball coach), College Basketball Coach and Motivational Speaker
  • Mike D'Antoni, NBA coach
  • Shirley Stewart Burns, author and historian
  • Christy Martin (boxer), professional boxer
  • Jamie Noble, professional wrestler
  • Heath Slater, professional wrestler
  • Curt Warner, football player
  • Bernie Casey, football player and actor.
  • Joe Pendry, NFL Coach

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.wvculture.org/history/counties/wyoming.html
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Wyoming. III. A S. county of West Virginia". The American Cyclopædia. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  16. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  17. ^ Scammon, Richard M. (compiler); America at the Polls: A Handbook of Presidential Election Statistics 1920-1964; pp. 494-498 ISBN 0405077114

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Coordinates: 37°37′N 81°32′W / 37.61°N 81.54°W / 37.61; -81.54