Hinton is a city in Summers County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,676 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Summers County. Hinton was established in 1873 and chartered in 1897. Hinton was named after John “Jack” Hinton, the original owner of the town site. Much of Hinton’s downtown was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Hinton is situated along the New River just north of its confluence with the Greenbrier River. Bluestone Lake is located near Hinton. The city is about 28 miles from Beckley and 90 miles from Charleston.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.03 square miles (7.85 km), of which 2.22 square miles (5.75 km) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.10 km) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,676 people, 1,276 households, and 676 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,205.4 inhabitants per square mile (465.4/km). There were 1,604 housing units at an average density of 722.5 per square mile (279.0/km). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 5.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.
There were 1,276 households of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.8% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.0% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.83.
The median age in the city was 46 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.2% were from 45 to 64; and 23.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,880 people, 1,357 households, and 755 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,244.5 people per square mile (481.4/km²). There were 1,595 housing units at an average density of 689.2 per square mile (266.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.43% White, 5.49% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.
There were 1,357 households out of which 19.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.3% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city, the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $20,323, and the median income for a family was $25,769. Males had a median income of $23,654 versus $25,543 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,909. About 22.6% of families and 27.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.