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Cairo, West Virginia
The North Fork of the Hughes River at Cairo
The North Fork of the Hughes River at Cairo
Location of Cairo in Ritchie County, West Virginia.
Location of Cairo in Ritchie County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Ritchie
Area
 • Total 0.49 sq mi (1.26 km2)
 • Land 0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
653 ft (199 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 281
 • Estimate 
(2019)
254
 • Density 538.14/sq mi (207.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26337
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-12124
GNIS feature ID 1536852

Cairo ( KAIR-oh) is a town in Ritchie County, West Virginia, United States, along West Virginia Route 31, the North Fork of the Hughes River, and the North Bend Rail Trail. The population was 281 at the 2010 census.

History

The town was named by its earliest settlers, who were Scots Presbyterians, for the city of Cairo, Egypt, owing to the presence of water and fertile land at the site. Cairo was incorporated in 1895. The North Bend Rail Trail passes through the town.

The former Bank of Cairo building, now Cairo Town Hall, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Geography

Cairo is located at 39°12′30″N 81°9′24″W / 39.20833°N 81.15667°W / 39.20833; -81.15667 (39.208264, -81.156600).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.48 square miles (1.24 km2), of which, 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 75
1900 653
1910 668 2.3%
1920 662 −0.9%
1930 607 −8.3%
1940 532 −12.4%
1950 500 −6.0%
1960 418 −16.4%
1970 412 −1.4%
1980 428 3.9%
1990 290 −32.2%
2000 263 −9.3%
2010 281 6.8%
2019 (est.) 254 −9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 281 people, 118 households, and 71 families living in the town. The population density was 597.9 inhabitants per square mile (230.9/km2). There were 151 housing units at an average density of 321.3 per square mile (124.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 100.0% White. Of the 118 households 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.8% were non-families. 36.4% of households were one person and 12.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the town was 40.6 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.0% male and 48.0% female.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cairo has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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