West Virginia Counties and County Seats Map

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West Virginia

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Introduction    West Virginia


In 1861, Virginians in the northwestern part of the state defied Virginia's secession from the United States. The region chose to remain in the Union and form a new state. West Virginia was admitted into the Union in 1863, after conditions requiring the gradual emancipation of slaves had been met. The state motto is "Mountaineers are always free," and West Virginia lives up to its nickname of the "Mountain State." With an average altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level, it's the highest of any state east of the Mississippi River. For a long time, West Virginia was a leading producer of coal in North America, but many people left to pursue better employment opportunities. That trend has turned around, and now the state's economy is in a more stable condition. The capital is Charleston, and the state flower is the big rhododendron.

   Miscellaneous    West Virginia


State Flower: Rhododendron

State Motto: Mountaineers are always free

State Nickname: Mountain State

State Bird: Cardinal

   Geography    West Virginia


Land area, 2000 (square miles): 24,078

Length: 240 miles

Width: 130 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Charleston, 51,400
  2. Huntington, 49,138
  3. Parkersburg, 31,492
  4. Morgantown, 29,660
  5. Wheeling, 28,486
  6. Weirton, 19,746
  7. Fairmont, 18,704
  8. Beckley, 17,614
  9. Martinsburg, 17,227
  10. Clarksburg, 16,578

Geographic Center: 4 miles east of Sutton

Geographic Center County: Braxton

Highest Point: 4,861 ft. — Spruce Knob

Lowest Point: 240 ft. — Potomic River

Number of counties: 55

State forests: 9 (79,502 ac.)

State parks: 35 (74,508 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 77.00

   People    West Virginia

Population, 2010: 1,852,994
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 2.50%
Population, 2000: 1,808,344
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 5.80%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 21.20%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 15.80%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 51.00%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 93.90%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 3.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.20%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.70%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): Z
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 1.50%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 1.20%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 93.20%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 87.00%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 1.30%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 2.30%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 81.60%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 17.10%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 171,080
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 25.3

Housing units, 2009: 893,771
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 74.30%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 12.20%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $91,400

Households, 2005-2009: 746,419
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.37
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $20,891
Median household income, 2009: $37,423
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 17.80%


(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown



GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org




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