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Wetzel County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Wetzel 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 New Martinsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

361 sq mi (935 km²)

2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.59%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

17,693
49/sq mi (19/km²)
Founded 1846

Wetzel County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 17,693. Its county seat is New Martinsville[1]. Its northern border is the Mason-Dixon line. The county is named for Lewis Wetzel, a famous frontiersman and Indian fighter.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 361 square miles (936 km²), of which, 359 square miles (930 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.59%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,693 people, 7,164 households, and 5,079 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 8,313 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.92% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,164 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,935, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $37,296 versus $19,339 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,818. About 15.30% of families and 19.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.60% of those under age 18 and 15.20% of those age 65 or over.

Local Lore

In the mid to late 1800's a band similar to the James Gang of legend existed that was known as the Jennings Gang. A number of robberies and murders were accounted to this gang. They were known to be located near the head of Doolin Run near Tarpan Ridge. The home they occupuied was found to have an escape tunnel that had been used to escape capture on several occasions. A local group of citizens known as the "Redmen" ultimately cornered the gang at this home and a number of the members were killed. A detailed description exists in the Wetzel County History written approximately in 1900.

The oldest oil well location known is of one drilled on Long Run near Doolin Run which reached oil at a depth about 360 ft.

Wetzel County has a long history in the Oil and Gas producing industry. During the Oil boom of the 1800's it is reported that the Proctor Creek watershed had 12 saloons and numerous livery/hotels to accomidate the hundreds of logging and oil field workers.

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Incorporated towns & cities

Unincorporated communities

See also


Coordinates: 39°37′N 80°38′W / 39.61°N 80.64°W / 39.61; -80.64

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.  

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Wetzel County, West Virginia
Map
File:Map of West Virginia highlighting Wetzel 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 1846
Seat New Martinsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.59%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

17693

Wetzel County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 17,693. Its county seat is New Martinsville6. Its northern border is the Mason-Dixon line. The county is named for Lewis Wetzel, a famous (some would say notorious) frontiersman and Indian fighter.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 936 km² (361 sq mi). 930 km² (359 sq mi) of it is land and 6 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.59%) is water.

Major Highways

Wetzel County Courthouse in New Martinsville, WV

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,693 people, 7,164 households, and 5,079 families residing in the county. The population density was 19/km² (49/sq mi). There were 8,313 housing units at an average density of 9/km² (23/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.92% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,164 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,935, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $37,296 versus $19,339 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,818. About 15.30% of families and 19.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.60% of those under age 18 and 15.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Incorporated towns & cities

Unincorporated communities

Rivers and streams

Coordinates: 39°37′N 80°38′W / 39.61, -80.64

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