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Belle, West Virginia
West Dupont Avenue in Belle
West Dupont Avenue in Belle
Location of Belle in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Location of Belle in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°14′2″N 81°32′30″W / 38.23389°N 81.54167°W / 38.23389; -81.54167Coordinates: 38°14′2″N 81°32′30″W / 38.23389°N 81.54167°W / 38.23389; -81.54167
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
Area
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Land 0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation
600 ft (183 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,260
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,126
 • Density 1,631.88/sq mi (630.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25015
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-05836
GNIS feature ID 1553846

Belle is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the Kanawha River. The population was 1,260 at the 2010 census. Belle was incorporated on December 13, 1958 by the Kanawha County Circuit Court. It is the home of the Belle Bulldogs Elementary School.

Belle Reynolds, an early postmaster, gave the town her first name.

Geography

Belle is located at 38°14′2″N 81°32′30″W / 38.23389°N 81.54167°W / 38.23389; -81.54167 (38.233853, -81.541606).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.78 square miles (2.02 km2), of which, 0.69 square miles (1.79 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.

Pollution

Pollution had been noted in the air and water around Belle between 1988 and 2002, caused by the DuPont facility located there. Water releases of pollutants from the facility increased by 385%, and air releases decreased by 94.3%, during that time period.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,559
1970 1,786 −30.2%
1980 1,621 −9.2%
1990 1,421 −12.3%
2000 1,259 −11.4%
2010 1,260 0.1%
2019 (est.) 1,126 −10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Dupont Belle works 1973
DuPont Belle Works on US Route 60 at Belle, June 1973

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,260 people, 571 households, and 365 families living in the town. The population density was 1,826.1 inhabitants per square mile (705.1/km2). There were 639 housing units at an average density of 926.1 per square mile (357.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3%.

Of the 571 households 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 34.2% of households were one person and 14.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the town was 43.1 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.4% male and 54.6% female.

Sports

Belle is home to the women's tackle football team West Virginia Wildfire.

Notable people

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