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Calhoun County
The Calhoun County Courthouse in Grantsville
The Calhoun County Courthouse in Grantsville
Map of West Virginia highlighting Calhoun County
Location within the U.S. state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Founded March 5, 1856
Named for John C. Calhoun
Seat Grantsville
Largest town Grantsville
 • Total 281 sq mi (730 km2)
 • Land 279 sq mi (720 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (4 km2)  0.5%%
 • Total 7,627
 • Estimate 
 • Density 27.14/sq mi (10.480/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

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.


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


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%
2019 (est.) 7,109 −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,627 people, 3,268 households, and 2,178 families living 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.


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.



Unincorporated communities

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