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Calhoun County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Calhoun 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 March 5, 1856
Seat Grantsville
Largest town Grantsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

281 sq mi (728 km²)
279 sq mi (723 km²)
1.4 sq mi (4 km²), 0.5%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

7,470
27/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.calhouncounty.wv.gov/
Named for: John C. Calhoun

Calhoun County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,627. Its county seat is Grantsville. The county was founded in 1856 and named for South Carolina politician John C. Calhoun.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 281 square miles (730 km2), of which 279 square miles (720 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 33.svgUS 119.svg U.S. Highway 33/U.S. Highway 119
  • WV-5.svg West Virginia Route 5
  • WV-16.svg West Virginia Route 16

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,502
1870 2,939 17.5%
1880 6,072 106.6%
1890 8,155 34.3%
1900 10,266 25.9%
1910 11,258 9.7%
1920 10,268 −8.8%
1930 10,866 5.8%
1940 12,455 14.6%
1950 10,259 −17.6%
1960 7,948 −22.5%
1970 7,046 −11.3%
1980 8,250 17.1%
1990 7,885 −4.4%
2000 7,582 −3.8%
2010 7,627 0.6%
Est. 2015 7,470 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,627 people, 3,268 households, and 2,178 families residing in the county. The population density was 27.3 inhabitants per square mile (10.5/km2). There were 3,963 housing units at an average density of 14.2 per square mile (5.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.4% white, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 22.4% were German, 21.3% were Irish, 7.7% were American, 7.3% were English, and 5.7% were Dutch.

Of the 3,268 households, 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.4% were non-families, and 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.80. The median age was 45.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,922 and the median income for a family was $34,897. Males had a median income of $32,229 versus $20,707 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,121. About 13.2% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,582 people, 3,071 households, and 2,201 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 3,848 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.91% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,071 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.40% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,578, and the median income for a family was $26,701. Males had a median income of $25,609 versus $14,304 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,491. About 19.10% of families and 25.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.40% of those under age 18 and 24.90% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions

Calhoun County is home to four public parks: The Upper West Fork Park in Chloe on West Virginia Route 16, the West Fork Park in Arnoldsburg on U.S. Route 33, Mt. Zion Park on West Virginia Route 16, and Calhoun County Park on West Virginia Route 16.

Calhoun is home to the annual Ramp Festival in April, the West Virginia Wood Festival in June, the Bluegrass Festival in May, another Bluegrass Festival in August, the West Virginia Molasses Festival in September, and Octoberfest Celebration. Also, the Hometown Country Christmas Craft show is sponsored by and held in the county court house the first week of December.

Calhoun County is home to one of the last 500 drive-in theaters in the nation, Mt. Zion Drive In. Calhoun also has one of the largest genealogy collections in the state, housed at Calhoun County Library. The library is also home to the "West Virginia Room" which includes books on West Virginia and by West Virginians.

Communities

Town

Unincorporated communities


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