About Mercer County WV
Mercer County is a county on the southeastern border of the U.S. state of West Virginia. At the 2010 census, the population was 62,264. Its county seat is Princeton. The county was originally established in the state of Virginia by act of its General Assembly on 17 March 1837, using lands taken from Giles and Tazewell counties.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 421 square miles (1,090 km), of which 419 square miles (1,090 km) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km) (0.4%) is water.
In 1863, West Virginia’s counties were divided into civil townships, with the intention of encouraging local government. This proved impractical in the heavily rural state, and in 1872 the townships were converted into magisterial districts. Mercer County was divided into five districts: Beaver Pond, East River, Jumping Branch, Plymouth, and Rock. In the 1970s, Mercer County’s five historic districts were consolidated into three new magisterial districts: District 1, District 2, and District 3. The new districts were renamed “District I”, “District II” and “District III” during the 1980s.
At the census of 2000, there were 62,980 people, 26,509 households, and 17,946 families residing in the county. The population density was 150 people per square mile (58/km²). There were 30,143 housing units at an average density of 72 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.56% White, 5.82% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 26,509 households out of which 26.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the county, the population was spread out with 21.10% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,628, and the median income for a family was $33,524. Males had a median income of $29,243 versus $19,013 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,564. About 14.70% of families and 19.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.90% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.
The county is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 62,264 people, 26,603 households, and 17,313 families residing in the county. The population density was 148.6 inhabitants per square mile (57.4/km). There were 30,115 housing units at an average density of 71.9 per square mile (27.8/km). The racial makeup of the county was 91.6% white, 6.1% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.4% were Irish, 14.2% were German, 12.0% were English, and 11.2% were American.
Of the 26,603 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.9% were non-families, and 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 42.5 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,131 and the median income for a family was $42,517. Males had a median income of $37,423 versus $25,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,431. About 16.0% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.5% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.
Mercer County West Virginia neighborhoods include: Adrian, Advent, Alderson, Alkol, Alma, Alum Bridge, Alum Creek, Amherstdale, Amma, Apple Grove, Arbovale, Arnett, Arnoldsburg, Asbury, Ashford, Ashton, Athens, Auburn, Augusta, Aurora, Baisden, Baker, Ballard, Barboursville, Bartow, Baxter, Beaver, Beckley, Beeson, Belington, Belle, Belleville, Belmont, Belva, Bens Run, Benwood, Berea, Berkeley Springs, Berwind, Bethany, Beverly, Bickmore, Big Bend, Big Creek, Big Run, Big Springs, Bim, Birch River, Blacksville, Bloomery, Bloomingrose, Blount, Bluefield, Bomont, Bowden, Bramwell, Branchland, Brandywine, Breeden, Brenton, Bridgeport, Bristol, Brohard, Bruceton Mills, Buckhannon, Buffalo, Bunker Hill, Burlington, Burnsville, Burton, Cabin Creek, Cairo, Caldwell, Calvin, Camden On Gauley, Cameron, Camp Creek, Canvas, Capon Bridge, Cass, Cedar Grove, Cedarville, Center Point, Chapmanville, Charleston, Charles Town, Charmco, Chester, Circleville, Clarksburg, Clay, Clendenin, Cleveland, Clothier, Coal City, Coalton, Colcord, Colliers, Copen, Cottageville, Cowen, Coxs Mills, Crab Orchard, Craigsville, Crawford, Crawley, Creston, Cross Lanes, Crum, Culloden, Cyclone, Dallas, Danese, Daniels, Danville, Davis, Davisville, Davy, Delbarton, Delray, Diana, Dille, Dingess, Dixie, Dryfork, Duck, Dunbar, Dunlow, Dunmore, Durbin, East Lynn, Edmond, Eglon, Elizabeth, Elk Garden, Elkins, Elkview, Ellamore, Ellenboro, Elton, Enterprise, Erbacon, Eskdale, Evans, Exchange, Fairmont, Fairview, Falling Rock, Falling Waters, Farmington, Fayetteville, Fenwick, Fisher, Flat Top, Flatwoods, Flemington, Follansbee, Folsom, Forest Hill, Fort Ashby, Fort Gay, Fort Spring, Foster, Frametown, Frankford, Franklin, Fraziers Bottom, French Creek, Friendly, Gallagher, Gallipolis Ferry, Gandeeville, Gap Mills, Gassaway, Gauley Bridge, Gay, Genoa, Gerrardstown, Gilbert, Given, Glady, Glen Dale, Glen Daniel, Glen Easton, Glenville, Glenwood, Gordon, Gormania, Grafton, Grantsville, Grassy Meadows, Great Cacapon, Green Bank, Green Spring, Green Sulphur Springs, Greenville, Griffithsville, Hacker Valley, Hambleton, Hamlin, Hansford, Harman, Harpers Ferry, Harrisville, Harts, Heaters, Hedgesville, Helvetia, Henderson, Hendricks, Hernshaw, Hewett, Hico, High View, Hillsboro, Hinton, Hundred, Huntington, Hurricane, Huttonsville, Iaeger, Independence, Indore, Inwood, Ireland, Jacksonburg, Jane Lew, Jeffrey, Jolo, Julian, Jumping Branch, Kanawha Falls, Kanawha Head, Kearneysville, Kegley, Kenna, Kenova, Kerens, Kermit, Keslers Cross Lanes, Keyser, Kiahsville, Kieffer, Kimberly, Kincaid, Kingwood, Lahmansville, Lansing, Lashmeet, Lavalette, Left Hand, Leivasy, Lenore, Leon, Lerona, Le Roy, Lesage, Lester, Letart, Levels, Lewisburg, Liberty, Lindside, Linn, Little Birch, Littleton, Lizemores, Logan, Lookout, Looneyville, Lost City, Lost Creek, Lumberport, Lyburn, MacFarlan, Madison, Maidsville, Mammoth, Man, Mannington, Marlinton, Martinsburg, Mason, Matewan, Mathias, Matoaka, Maxwelton, Maysel, Maysville, McMechen, Meadow Bridge, Meadow Creek, Metz, Middlebourne, Midkiff, Milam, Mill Creek, Millwood, Milton, Mineral Wells, Moatsville, Mohawk, Monongah, Montgomery, Montrose, Moorefield, Morgantown, Moundsville, Mount Alto, Mount Clare, Mount Hope, Mount Lookout, Mount Nebo, Mount Storm, Mullens, Munday, Myra, Nallen, Naoma, Napier, Nebo, Nellis, Nettie, New Creek, New Cumberland, Newell, New Martinsville, New Milton, Newton, Nimitz, Nitro, Normantown, Northfork, Oak Hill, Oceana, Odd, Old Fields, Omar, Ona, Orgas, Orlando, Paden City, Palestine, Parkersburg, Parsons, Paw Paw, Paynesville, Pecks Mill, Pence Springs, Pennsboro, Perkins, Petersburg, Peterstown, Petroleum, Peytona, Philippi, Pickens, Piedmont, Pine Grove, Pineville, Pipestem, Poca, Point Pleasant, Points, Pond Gap, Pool, Powellton, Prichard, Princeton, Procious, Proctor, Pullman, Purgitsville, Pursglove, Quinwood, Rachel, Rainelle, Ramsey, Ranger, Ranson, Ravenswood, Reader, Red Creek, Red House, Reedy, Renick, Rhodell, Richwood, Ridgeley, Rio, Ripley, Riverton, Rivesville, Robson, Rock, Rock Cave, Rockport, Romney, Ronceverte, Rosedale, Rowlesburg, Rupert, Saint Albans, Saint Marys, Salem, Salt Rock, Sand Fork, Sandstone, Sandyville, Scarbro, Scott Depot, Secondcreek, Selbyville, Seneca Rocks, Seth, Shady Spring, Shanks, Shenandoah Junction, Shepherdstown, Shinnston, Shock, Sinks Grove, Sistersville, Slanesville, Slatyfork, Smithfield, Smithville, Smoot, Sod, South Charleston, Southside, Spanishburg, Spencer, Spring Dale, Springfield, Spurlockville, Statts Mills, Sugar Grove, Sumerco, Summersville, Summit Point, Sutton, Swiss, Sylvester, Talcott, Tallmansville, Thomas, Thornton, Tornado, Triadelphia, Troy, Tunnelton, Union, Upperglade, Upper Tract, Valley Bend, Valley Grove, Valley Head, Victor, Vienna, Volga, Wadestown, Waiteville, Walker, Walkersville, Wallace, Wallback, Walton, Wana, Wardensville, Washington, Waverly, Wayne, Wayside, Webster Springs, Weirton, Welch, Wellsburg, West Columbia, West Hamlin, West Logan, West Milford, Weston, West Union, Wharncliffe, Wheeling, White Sulphur Springs, Whitesville, Whitmer, Wiley Ford, Wileyville, Williamsburg, Williamson, Williamstown, Wilsie, Wilsondale, Winfield, Wolfcreek, Worthington, Yawkey, Yolyn
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