About Ohio County WV
Ohio County is a county located in the Northern Panhandle of the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,443. Its county seat is Wheeling. The county was formed in 1776 from the District of West Augusta, Virginia. It was named for the Ohio River, which forms its western boundary. West Liberty (formerly Black’s Cabin) was designated as the county seat in 1777, serving to 1797.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 109 square miles (280 km), of which 106 square miles (270 km) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km) (2.9%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in West Virginia by area. The highest point of elevation in Ohio County is approximately 1,420 ft (430 m) and located about 1-mile (1.6 km) southwest of West Alexander, Pennysylvania.
The county is drained by Wheeling and other small creeks.
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. Ohio County was divided into five districts: Center, Clay, Liberty, Madison, Richland, Ritchie, Triadelphia, Union, Washington, and Webster. Centre, Clay, Madison, Union, and Webster Districts all lay within the city of Wheeling, as did part of Washington District.
By 1880, part of Ritchie District had also been subsumed by Wheeling. In the 1970s, the ten historic magisterial districts were consolidated into five new districts: Liberty Triadelphia; Madison, Union Clay, Washington District; Titchie Webster Center District, and Triadelphia. These were further consolidated in the 1980s to form District 1, District 2, and District 3.
As of the census of 2000, there were 47,427 people, 19,733 households, and 12,155 families residing in the county. The population density was 447 people per square mile (172/km²). There were 22,166 housing units at an average density of 209 per square mile (81/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.50% White, 3.57% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 0.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.0% were of German, 13.7% Irish, 10.4% English, 8.4% Italian, 8.3% American and 6.7% Polish ancestry.
There were 19,733 households out of which 25.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.30% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.40% were non-families. 33.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the county, the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,836, and the median income for a family was $41,261. Males had a median income of $31,132 versus $21,978 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,734. About 11.50% of families and 15.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.10% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 44,443 people, 18,914 households, and 11,181 families residing in the county. The population density was 420.0 inhabitants per square mile (162.2/km). There were 21,172 housing units at an average density of 200.1 per square mile (77.3/km). The racial makeup of the county was 93.2% white, 3.7% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 34.0% were German, 19.1% were Irish, 14.4% were English, 8.5% were Italian, 7.2% were Polish, and 5.7% were American.
Of the 18,914 households, 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.9% were non-families, and 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 43.5 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,669 and the median income for a family was $54,909. Males had a median income of $42,213 versus $28,211 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,950. About 11.9% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.
Ohio 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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