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Glasgow, West Virginia
Looking west on 3rd Street in Glasgow
Looking west on 3rd Street in Glasgow
Location of Glasgow in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Location of Glasgow in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
 • Total 0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
 • Land 0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
646 ft (197 m)
 • Total 905
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,787.55/sq mi (690.68/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-31324
GNIS feature ID 1554562

Glasgow is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the Kanawha River. The population was 905 at the 2010 census. Glasgow was incorporated on June 20, 1920. Folk etymology derives its name from a combination of the word "glass" with the word "company" for a glass factory that was built there many years ago, but the presence of many Scottish immigrants to this part of Appalachia, particularly from the Strathclyde region, indicates that the town was most likely named after the Scottish city of Glasgow in Strathclyde. Other Virginia and West Virginia locations named for places in Strathclyde include Dumbarton, Argyle, Loudoun County, Hamilton in Loudoun County, Lanark and Renfrew.


Glasgow is located at 38°12′46″N 81°25′27″W / 38.21278°N 81.42417°W / 38.21278; -81.42417 (38.212655, -81.424116).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 614
1940 725 18.1%
1950 881 21.5%
1960 914 3.7%
1970 904 −1.1%
1980 1,031 14.0%
1990 906 −12.1%
2000 783 −13.6%
2010 905 15.6%
2019 (est.) 833 −8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Glasgow swimming pool in 1973

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 905 people, 327 households, and 236 families living in the town. The population density was 1,925.5 inhabitants per square mile (743.4/km2). There were 352 housing units at an average density of 748.9 per square mile (289.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.6% White, 1.4% African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 327 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.8% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the town was 47.7 years. 18.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 27% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

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