Clay County, West Virginia facts for kids
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The Old Clay County Courthouse in Clay in 2007
Location within the U.S. state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 29, 1858|
|Named for||Henry Clay|
|• Total||344 sq mi (890 km2)|
|• Land||342 sq mi (890 km2)|
|• Water||1.9 sq mi (5 km2) 0.5%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||27.28/sq mi (10.535/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Clay County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,386. Its county seat is Clay. The county was founded in 1858 and named in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.
Clay County is part of the Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 344 square miles (890 km2), of which 342 square miles (890 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.6%) is water.
- Interstate 79
- West Virginia Route 4
- West Virginia Route 16
- West Virginia Route 36
- Calhoun County (north)
- Braxton County (northeast)
- Nicholas County (southeast)
- Kanawha County (west)
- Roane County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,386 people, 3,728 households, and 2,566 families living in the county. The population density was 27.5 inhabitants per square mile (10.6/km2). There were 4,572 housing units at an average density of 13.4 per square mile (5.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.8% white, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.6% were Irish, 14.7% were English, 13.2% were German, 11.0% were American, and 5.0% were Dutch.
Of the 3,728 households, 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.2% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 41.5 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,789 and the median income for a family was $40,634. Males had a median income of $42,269 versus $24,402 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,205. About 22.4% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.3% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.
- Clay (county seat)
Unincorporated Towns and Communities
In popular culture
In the motion picture The Silence of the Lambs, the victim was found in the Elk River in Clay County.
Clay County is also the birthplace of the Golden Delicious Apple. The original tree was found on the Mullins' family farm in Clay County, West Virginia, United States and was locally known as Mullin's Yellow Seedling and Annit apple.
In Spanish: Condado de Clay (Virginia Occidental) para niños
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