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Elk Garden, West Virginia
View entering Elk Garden from the south via West Virginia Route 42
View entering Elk Garden from the south via West Virginia Route 42
Location of Elk Garden in Mineral County, West Virginia.
Location of Elk Garden in Mineral County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Mineral
Area
 • Total 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
 • Land 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,293 ft (699 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 232
 • Estimate 
(2019)
212
 • Density 821.71/sq mi (317.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26717
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-24484
GNIS feature ID 1538626

Elk Garden is a town in Mineral County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the 'Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 232 at the 2010 census. Elk Garden High School was consolidated into Keyser High School in 1997. However the Primary School is still in session, offering classes from Pre-Kindergarten through the fifth grade. The school mascot is the Elk Garden Stags. Elk Garden was incorporated in 1890 by the Mineral County Circuit Court. It is named for an elk lick near the original town site.

Geography

Elk Garden is located at 39°23′6″N 79°9′14″W / 39.38500°N 79.15389°W / 39.38500; -79.15389 (39.385041, -79.153854).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 723
1900 581 −19.6%
1910 438 −24.6%
1920 422 −3.7%
1930 299 −29.1%
1940 342 14.4%
1950 318 −7.0%
1960 329 3.5%
1970 291 −11.6%
1980 291 0.0%
1990 261 −10.3%
2000 217 −16.9%
2010 232 6.9%
2019 (est.) 212 −8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 232 people, 92 households, and 69 families living in the town. The population density was 892.3 inhabitants per square mile (344.5/km2). There were 108 housing units at an average density of 415.4 per square mile (160.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.3% White and 1.7% from two or more races.

There were 92 households, of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.0% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the town was 41 years. 22.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

Transportation

2016-06-18 08 45 33 View north along West Virginia State Route 42 (Blaine Highway) at Cottage Street in Elk Garden, Mineral County, West Virginia
Route 42 northbound leaving Elk Garden

The only significant highway directly serving Elk Garden is West Virginia Route 42. Route 42 continues north to Maryland and extends southward to U.S. Route 50 and beyond to Petersburg. Just east of Elk Garden, West Virginia Route 46 has its western terminus at Route 42. Route 46 continues northeast, eventually reaching Luke.

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