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Clendenin, West Virginia
Maywood Avenue in downtown Clendenin in 2007
Maywood Avenue in downtown Clendenin in 2007
Location of Clendenin in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Location of Clendenin in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
 • Type Strong City Council
 • Total 1.52 sq mi (3.94 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
623 ft (190 m)
 • Total 1,227
 • Estimate 
 • Density 762.83/sq mi (294.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-16012
GNIS feature ID 1537398

Clendenin is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the Elk River. The population was 1,227 at the 2010 census.


Clendenin was platted in 1877. The town was incorporated in 1904 and named after the Clendenin family, an early pioneer family in the Kanawha River Valley. Charleston, WV retains the namesake of George Clendenin's father, Charles Clendenin. George Clendenin owned a large portion of present-day Charleston and settled at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers with several other families.

The first petrochemical plant in the world was built in Clendenin in 1920. This plant was the original Union Carbide Corporation facility. Other chief economic staples included (and to some extent still include) timber, coal, gas, oil, and salt.

In the 1960s, the hillside on the south side of town featured a sign reading, "Clendenin's Beauty is Everyone's Duty."

The current mayor of Clendenin is Gary L. Bledsoe. Town elections (including the office of mayor and city council) occur every two years. Recent efforts have been made by 25045-A New Clendenin (a non-profit corporation based in Clendenin) and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (headquartered in Charleston) to enhance economic and cultural development in the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.51 square miles (3.91 km2), of which, 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clendenin has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. In Clendenin, 236 days out of the year have fog, and 153 days have precipitation.

Sites of Interest

  • Clendenin Historic District
  • The Roxy Theater
  • Elk River (West Virginia)
  • Morris Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Sandy Brae Golf Course
  • Clendenin Stone Arch Bridge


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 815
1920 1,263 55.0%
1930 1,217 −3.6%
1940 1,200 −1.4%
1950 1,475 22.9%
1960 1,510 2.4%
1970 1,438 −4.8%
1980 1,373 −4.5%
1990 1,203 −12.4%
2000 1,116 −7.2%
2010 1,227 9.9%
2019 (est.) 1,100 −10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

The median income for a household in the town was $32,000, and the median income for a family was $38,021. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $18,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,587. About 9.7% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,227 people, 524 households, and 335 families residing in the town. The population density was 852.1 inhabitants per square mile (329.0/km2). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 400.0 per square mile (154.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.1% of the population.

There were 524 households, of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the town was 43.5 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.


Kindergarten through 12th grade students in Clendenin attend Clendenin Elementary School (PK-5), Elkview Middle School (6-8), and Herbert Hoover High School (West Virginia) (9-12). Only the Clendenin Elementary lies within the boundaries of the city. Elkview Middle School is located 7 miles from Clendenin in neighboring Elkview, WV and Herbert Hoover High School is located just outside the city boundaries and has a Clendenin mailing address.

As of the 2010-2011 academic year and in terms of WESTEST 2 math and RLA scores, Clendenin Elementary was ranked 152nd out of 407 primary schools in the state (up 192 ranks from the prior year, and 10th most-improved in the state), receiving an average 48.5 in math and 49.8 in RLA. There were 350 students enrolling in 2010 with a student-teacher ratio of 15.2 students per teacher.

Elkview Middle was ranked 62nd of 159 middle schools in the state (up 28 ranks from the prior year, and 24th most-improved in the state), receiving an average 42.2 in math and 52.8 in RLA. Enrollment at the school in 2010 was 681 students and the student-teacher ratio was 16.2.

Herbert Hoover High was ranked 41st of 118 high schools in the state (up 64 ranks from the prior year, and the most-improved high school in the state), receiving an average 40.8 in math and 49.3 in RLA. Enrollment at the school in 2010 was 797 students and the student-teacher ratio was 16.2.

Vocational schools in the area include Everest Institute, Garnet Career Center, Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, and West Virginia Junior College.

Post-secondary four year and graduate education facilities near Clendenin are primarily located in and around the Charleston, WV urban area, which is located 21 miles away from the town. These schools include West Virginia State University, the University of Charleston, and West Virginia University Institute of Technology (a subsidiary campus of West Virginia University). Both Marshall University and West Virginia University have graduate college facilities located within the Charleston, WV urban area.

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