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Brooke County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Brooke County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Seat Wellsburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

92 sq mi (238 km²)
89 sq mi (231 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 3.70%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

25,447
287/sq mi (111/km²)
Founded 1796

Brooke County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 25,447. Its county seat is Wellsburg[1]. Brooke County was created in 1797 from part of Ohio County and named in honor of Robert Brooke, Governor of Virginia from 1794 to 1796.

Brooke County is part of the Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

Law and Government

Brooke County is governed by a three member County Commission who each serve in rotating 6-year terms. The terms are designed such that one seat is up for election in even years. The County Commission annually chooses its own President. The Brooke County Commissioners in 2008 are President Bernard Kazienko, Marty Bartz, and Norma Tarr.

Additionally, Brooke is part of the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia which also includes Hancock and Ohio Counties. In West Virginia, Circuit Judges are elected in partisan elections to eight-year terms. The current judges of the First Judicial Circuit are the Hon. Martin J. Gaughan, the Hon. James Mazzone, the Hon. Arthur M. Recht, and the Hon. Ronald E. Wilson. All four Circuit Court judges were re-elected in November 2008.

Brooke County is part of the First Family Court Circuit of West Virginia which also includes Hancock and Ohio Counties. In West Virginia, Family Court Judges were first elected to six-year terms beginning in 2002 and were elected to eight-year terms beginning in 2008. The current judges of the First Family Court Circuit are the Hon. Joyce Chernenko and the Hon. William Sinclair whom were both elected to eight-year terms in November 2008.

Magistrates are elected in partisan elections serving four-year terms. Vacancies occurring in unexpired terms can be filled by a respective Circuit Court Judge. Unlike Circuit Court judges or Family Court judges, magistrates are not required to be attorneys. Brooke County currently has two magistrates: Michael H. Allman and Deborah Lunsford.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 92 square miles (239 km²), of which, 89 square miles (230 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) of it (3.70%) is water. The highest point of elevation in Brooke County is approximately 1372 ft. and located about 1.5 miles south of Franklin.[1]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 25,447 people, 10,396 households, and 7,152 families residing in the county. The population density was 286 people per square mile (111/km²). There were 11,150 housing units at an average density of 126 per square mile (48/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.90% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,396 households out of which 26.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.40% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,981, and the median income for a family was $39,948. Males had a median income of $34,397 versus $19,711 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,131. About 9.50% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, and villages

Incorporated communities

Unincorporated communities

  • Franklin Community

Zip codes

  • 26030 - Beech Bottom
  • 26032 - Bethany
  • 26035 - Colliers
  • 26037 - Follansbee
  • 26058 - Short Creek
  • 26062 - Weirton
  • 26070 - Wellsburg
  • 26075 - Windsor Heights

Miscellaneous topics

  • According to Sonja Barisic (AP), "The latest Virginia witchcraft case was in 1802 in Brooke County, now part of West Virginia. A couple accused a woman of being a witch and the court ruled that was slander." [2]
  • The Brooke Hills Spooktacular is in the city of Wellsburg, which is part of Brooke County.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links

Coordinates: 40°16′N 80°35′W / 40.27°N 80.58°W / 40.27; -80.58


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Brooke County, West Virginia
Map
File:Map of West Virginia highlighting Brooke County.png
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1796
Seat Wellsburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 3.70%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

25447

Brooke County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 25,447. Its county seat is Wellsburg6. Brooke County was created in 1797 from part of Ohio County and named in honor of Robert Brooke, Governor of Virginia from 1794 to 1796.

Contents

Law and Government

Brooke County is governed by a three member County Commission who each serve in rotating 6-year terms. The terms are designed such that one seat is up for election in even years. The County Commission annually chooses its own President. The Brooke County Commissioners in 2006 are President John Cassinelli, Bernard Kazienko, and Norma Tarr.

Additionally, Brooke is part of the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia which also includes Hancock and Ohio Counties. In West Virginia, Circuit Judges are elected in partisan elections to eight-year terms. The current judges of the First Judicial Circuit are the Hon. Martin J. Gaughan, the Hon. James Mazzone, the Hon. Arthur M. Recht, and the Hon. Ronald E. Wilson.

Brooke County is part of the First Family Court Circuit of West Virginia which also includes Hancock and Ohio Counties. In West Virginia, Family Court Judges were first elected to six-year terms beginning in 2002 and will be elected to eight-year terms beginning in 2008. The current judges of the First Family Court Circuit are the Hon. Joyce Chernenko and the Hon. William Sinclair.

Magistrates are elected in partisan elections serving four-year terms. Vacancies occurring in unexpired terms can be filled by a respective Circuit Court Judge. Unlike Circuit Court judges or Family Court judges, magistrates are not required to be attorneys. Brooke County currently has two magistrates: Michael H. Allman and Deborah Lunsford.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 239 km² (92 sq mi). 230 km² (89 sq mi) of it is land and 9 km² (3 sq mi) of it (3.70%) is water. The highest point of elevation in Brooke County is approximately 1372 ft. and located about 1.5 miles south of Franklin.[1]

Major Highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 25,447 people, 10,396 households, and 7,152 families residing in the county. The population density was 111/km² (286/sq mi). There were 11,150 housing units at an average density of 48/km² (126/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.90% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,396 households out of which 26.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.40% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,981, and the median income for a family was $39,948. Males had a median income of $34,397 versus $19,711 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,131. About 9.50% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, and villages

Incorporated communities

Unincorporated communities

Zip codes

  • 26030 - Beech Bottom
  • 26032 - Bethany
  • 26035 - Colliers
  • 26037 - Follansbee
  • 26058 - Short Creek
  • 26062 - Weirton
  • 26070 - Wellsburg
  • 26075 - Windsor Heights

Miscellaneous topics

  • According to Sonja Barisic (AP), "The latest Virginia witchcraft case was in 1802 in Brooke County, now part of West Virginia. A couple accused a woman of being a witch and the court ruled that was slander." [2]
  • The Brooke Hills Spooktacular is in the city of Wellsburg, which is part of Brooke County.

External links

Northern Panhandle of West Virginia The Northern Panhandle of West Virginia
Counties

Brooke | Hancock | Marshall | Ohio

Communities

Beech Bottom | Benwood | Bethlehem | Bethany | Cameron | Chester | Clearview | Follansbee | Glen Dale | McMechen | Moundsville | New Cumberland | Triadelphia | Valley Grove | Weirton | Wellsburg | West Liberty | Wheeling | Windsor Heights

Attractions

Bethany College | Chester Teapot | Grave Creek Mound | Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort | Oglebay Park | Tomlinson Run State Park | West Liberty State College | West Virginia Northern Community College | Wheeling Island | Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center | Wheeling Jesuit University | Wheeling Suspension Bridge |
The Highlands Shopping, Dining & Entertainment Complex

Coordinates: 40°16′N 80°35′W / 40.27, -80.58

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