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Tucker County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Tucker 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 Parsons
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

421 sq mi (1,090 km²)
419 sq mi (1,085 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.53%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

7,321
18/sq mi (7/km²)
Founded 1856

Tucker County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 7,321. Its county seat is Parsons[1]. Tucker County was created in 1856 from a part of Randolph County, then part of Virginia. In 1871, a small part of Barbour County, West Virginia, was transferred to Tucker County.[2] The county was named after Henry St. George Tucker, Sr., a judge and Congressman from Williamsburg, Virginia.[3]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 421 square miles (1,091 km²), of which, 419 square miles (1,085 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.53%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,321 people, 3,052 households, and 2,121 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,634 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.01% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,052 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.20% 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 2.35 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $32,574. Males had a median income of $24,149 versus $17,642 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,349. About 14.90% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.30% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

History

The highly profitable Babcock Lumber and Boom Company, operating out of Davis, West Virginia from 1907, was responsible for devastating environmental damage to much of surrounding Tucker County, including Canaan Valley, Dolly Sods and the Blackwater Canyon. These areas were clear-cut and the landscape converted into a tinderbox by the residual slashings. By 1910, fires swept over the wasteland, often burning continuously from spring until the first snows. In 1914, with the county virtually denuded of standing trees, the ground burned continually for 6 months. When the fires subsided, thin mineral soil and bare rock were all that remained. Uncontrollable soil erosion and flooding further degraded and depopulated the region, which bears the scars of the conflagration to the present day[5].

Cities and towns

Incorporated cities and towns

Unincorporated communities

  • Hovatter
  • Jenningston
  • Laneville
  • Lead Mine
  • Location
  • Mackeyville
  • Moore
  • Pierce
  • Pleasant Run
  • Pleasant Vale

Points of interest

State Parks

Federal Lands

National Natural Landmarks

Citations

References

  • Maxwell, Hu, History of Tucker County, West Virginia, from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements to the Present Time; with Biographical Sketches of more than Two Hundred and Fifty of the Leading Men, and a Full Appendix of Official and Electoral History; Also, an Account of the Rivers, Forests and Caves of the County, Preston Publishing Company: Kingwood, West Virginia, 1884. (Reprinted by McClain Printing Company, Parsons, W.Va., 1971 and 1993.)

External links

Coordinates: 39°06′N 79°34′W / 39.10°N 79.57°W / 39.10; -79.57


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Tucker County Courthouse, Parsons
Tucker County, West Virginia
Map
File:Map of West Virginia highlighting Tucker 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 1856
Seat Parsons
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.53%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

7321

Tucker County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 7,321. Its county seat is Parsons6. Tucker County was created in 1856 from a part of Randolph County, then part of Virginia. In 1871 a small part of Barbour County was transferred to Tucker County.[1] The county was named after Henry St. George Tucker, a judge and Congressman from Williamsburg, Virginia.[2]

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,091 km² (421 sq mi). 1,085 km² (419 sq mi) of it is land and 6 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.53%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,321 people, 3,052 households, and 2,121 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km² (18/sq mi). There were 4,634 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.01% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,052 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.20% 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 2.35 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $32,574. Males had a median income of $24,149 versus $17,642 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,349. About 14.90% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.30% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Incorporated cities and towns

Unincorporated communities

Points of Interest

State Parks

Federal Lands

National Natural Landmarks

Citations

References

  • Maxwell, Hu, History of Tucker County, West Virginia, from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements to the Present Time; with Biographical Sketches of more than Two Hundred and Fifty of the Leading Men, and a Full Appendix of Official and Electoral History; Also, an Account of the Rivers, Forests and Caves of the County, Preston Publishing Company: Kingwood, 1884. (Reprinted by McClain Printing Company, Parsons, W.Va., 1971 and 1993.)

Coordinates: 39°06′N 79°34′W / 39.10, -79.57

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