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Chesapeake, West Virginia
Maccorkle Avenue in Chesapeake
Maccorkle Avenue in Chesapeake
Location of Chesapeake in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Location of Chesapeake in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°13′21″N 81°32′10″W / 38.22250°N 81.53611°W / 38.22250; -81.53611Coordinates: 38°13′21″N 81°32′10″W / 38.22250°N 81.53611°W / 38.22250; -81.53611
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
Area
 • Total 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Land 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
Elevation
607 ft (185 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,554
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,414
 • Density 2,939.71/sq mi (1,134.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-15028
GNIS feature ID 1554120

Chesapeake is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,554 at the 2010 census. The town is situated on the Kanawha River. Chesapeake was incorporated in 1949 and named for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, which has served the community since 1873. It is also the hometown of NFL player Chris Massey, long snapper for the St. Louis Rams. The current Mayor of Chesapeake is Jack B. Lavender.

Geography

Chesapeake is located at 38°13′21″N 81°32′10″W / 38.22250°N 81.53611°W / 38.22250; -81.53611 (38.222541, -81.536042).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), of which, 0.48 square miles (1.24 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 2,566
1960 2,699 5.2%
1970 2,428 −10.0%
1980 2,364 −2.6%
1990 1,896 −19.8%
2000 1,643 −13.3%
2010 1,554 −5.4%
2019 (est.) 1,414 −9.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,554 people, 691 households, and 425 families living in the town. The population density was 3,237.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,250.0/km2). There were 809 housing units at an average density of 1,685.4 per square mile (650.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.7% White, 9.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5%.

Of the 691 households 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.5% were non-families. 33.6% of households were one person and 14.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the town was 43.5 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

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