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Brooke County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Brooke County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 30, 1797
Seat Wellsburg
Largest City Follansbee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

93 sq mi (241 km²)
89 sq mi (231 km²)
3.4 sq mi (9 km²), 3.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

23,350
264/sq mi (102/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.brookewv.org
Named for: Robert Brooke

Brooke County is a county in the Northern Panhandle of the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,069. Its county seat is Wellsburg. The 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, which is also included in the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-WV-OH Combined Statistical Area.

History

Brooke County was formed on November 30, 1796, from parts of Ohio County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 93 square miles (240 km2), of which 89 square miles (230 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (3.6%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in West Virginia by area. The highest point of elevation in Brooke County is approximately 1372 ft. and located about 1.5 miles south of Franklin.[1]

Major highways

  • US 22.svg U.S. Highway 22
  • WV-2.svg West Virginia Route 2
  • WV-27.svg West Virginia Route 27
  • WV-67.svg West Virginia Route 67
  • WV-88.svg West Virginia Route 88

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 4,706
1810 5,843 24.2%
1820 6,631 13.5%
1830 7,041 6.2%
1840 7,948 12.9%
1850 5,054 −36.4%
1860 5,494 8.7%
1870 5,464 −0.5%
1880 6,013 10.0%
1890 6,660 10.8%
1900 7,219 8.4%
1910 11,098 53.7%
1920 16,527 48.9%
1930 24,663 49.2%
1940 25,513 3.4%
1950 26,904 5.5%
1960 28,940 7.6%
1970 29,685 2.6%
1980 31,117 4.8%
1990 26,992 −13.3%
2000 25,447 −5.7%
2010 24,069 −5.4%
Est. 2015 23,350 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census 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.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,069 people, 10,020 households, and 6,636 families residing in the county. The population density was 269.8 inhabitants per square mile (104.2/km2). There were 10,967 housing units at an average density of 122.9 per square mile (47.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.0% white, 1.2% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 21.5% were German, 17.5% were Irish, 16.4% were Italian, 11.5% were English, 7.2% were American, 5.9% were Scotch-Irish, and 5.7% were Polish.

Of the 10,020 households, 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.8% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 44.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,475 and the median income for a family was $52,528. Males had a median income of $39,065 versus $29,824 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,377. About 7.9% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Town

Villages

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Miscellaneous topics

Brooke County has paid Emergency Medical Services. Brooke County EMS provides both advanced life support (ALS) and basic life support (BLS) to the majority of Brooke County 24/7/365 with Station 1 located in Wellsburg and Station 2 located in Follansbee.


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