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Bancroft, West Virginia
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Location of Bancroft in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Location of Bancroft in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Putnam
 • Total 0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2)
 • Land 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
591 ft (180 m)
 • Total 587
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,251.80/sq mi (1,642.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-04204
GNIS feature ID 1535197

Bancroft is a town in Putnam County, West Virginia, United States, along the Kanawha River. The population was 587 at the 2010 census. Bancroft is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000. It officially became a town in 1952. The town was named for George Bancroft, a coal mine operator.


Bancroft is located at 38°30′39″N 81°50′30″W / 38.51083°N 81.84167°W / 38.51083; -81.84167 (38.510887, -81.841697).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2), of which, 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 469
1970 446 −4.9%
1980 528 18.4%
1990 381 −27.8%
2000 367 −3.7%
2010 587 59.9%
2019 (est.) 591 0.7%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 587 people, 240 households, and 170 families living in the town. The population density was 4,192.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,618.9/km2). There were 256 housing units at an average density of 1,828.6 per square mile (706.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.6% White, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 240 households, of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.2% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% 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 2.88.

The median age in the town was 43.8 years. 21.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 33.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

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