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Clay County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Clay 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 29, 1858
Seat Clay
Largest town Clay
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

344 sq mi (891 km²)
342 sq mi (886 km²)
1.9 sq mi (5 km²), 0.5%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

8,910
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.claycounty.wv.gov/
Named for: Henry Clay

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.

Geography

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.

Major highways

  • I-79.svg Interstate 79
  • WV-4.svg West Virginia Route 4
  • WV-16.svg West Virginia Route 16
  • WV-36.svg West Virginia Route 36

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,787
1870 2,196 22.9%
1880 3,460 57.6%
1890 4,659 34.7%
1900 8,248 77.0%
1910 10,233 24.1%
1920 11,486 12.2%
1930 13,125 14.3%
1940 15,206 15.9%
1950 14,961 −1.6%
1960 11,942 −20.2%
1970 9,330 −21.9%
1980 11,265 20.7%
1990 9,983 −11.4%
2000 10,330 3.5%
2010 9,386 −9.1%
Est. 2015 8,910 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,330 people, 4,020 households, and 2,942 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 4,836 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,020 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,120, and the median income for a family was $27,137. Males had a median income of $30,161 versus $16,642 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,021. About 24.40% of families and 27.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.00% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,386 people, 3,728 households, and 2,566 families residing 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.

Communities

Town

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.


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