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Grant County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Grant 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 February 14, 1866
Seat Petersburg
Largest City Petersburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

480 sq mi (1,243 km²)
477 sq mi (1,235 km²)
2.9 sq mi (8 km²), 0.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

11,766
25/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.grantcounty.wv.gov
Named for: Ulysses S. Grant
GrantCountyWV
Rolling countryside in southern Grant County
Grant County Bank, Petersburg, WV, Aug 2012
Grant County Bank, Petersburg

Grant County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,937. Its county seat is Petersburg. The county was created from Hardy County in 1866 and named for General Ulysses Simpson Grant. After the American Civil War, there was an effort by former Confederates to name it 'Lee County' instead after General Robert E. Lee, but the effort proved fruitless.

Most of the 47 people killed in the 1985 Election day floods were in Pendleton and Grant counties, according to the National Weather Service. At Franklin, the Pendleton County seat, the South Branch of the Potomac River crested at 22.6 feet during the incident. Flood stage in the shallow riverbed was only 7 feet.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 480 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 477 square miles (1,240 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 48.svg U.S. Route 48
  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 220.svg U.S. Route 220
  • WV-28.svg West Virginia Route 28
  • WV-42.svg West Virginia Route 42
  • WV-55.svg West Virginia Route 55
  • WV-93.svg West Virginia Route 93

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Monongahela National Forest (part)
  • Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area (part)

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 4,467
1880 5,542 24.1%
1890 6,802 22.7%
1900 7,275 7.0%
1910 7,838 7.7%
1920 8,993 14.7%
1930 8,441 −6.1%
1940 8,805 4.3%
1950 8,756 −0.6%
1960 8,304 −5.2%
1970 8,607 3.6%
1980 10,210 18.6%
1990 10,428 2.1%
2000 11,299 8.4%
2010 11,937 5.6%
Est. 2015 11,766 4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,299 people, 4,591 households, and 3,273 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,105 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.33% White, 0.67% Black or African American, 0.26% Indigenous American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,591 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,916, and the median income for a family was $33,813. Males had a median income of $24,796 versus $18,354 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,696. About 12.60% of families and 16.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 18.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,937 people, 4,941 households, and 3,435 families residing in the county. The population density was 25.0 inhabitants per square mile (9.7/km2). There were 6,366 housing units at an average density of 13.3 per square mile (5.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.7% white, 0.7% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.9% were German, 15.0% were American, 9.3% were Irish, and 5.3% were English.

Of the 4,941 households, 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.5% were non-families, and 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 44.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,593 and the median income for a family was $46,193. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $24,643 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,358. About 10.6% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Town

Unincorporated communities


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