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Grant County
Old Grant County Courthouse in Petersburg, WV
Map of West Virginia highlighting Grant County
Location within the U.S. state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Founded February 14, 1866
Named for Ulysses S. Grant
Seat Petersburg
Largest city Petersburg
Area
 • Total 480 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Land 477 sq mi (1,240 km2)
 • Water 2.9 sq mi (8 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 11,937
 • Estimate 
(2019)
11,568
 • Density 24.87/sq mi (9.60/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

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 Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant.

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 population
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%
2019 (est.) 11,568 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,937 people, 4,941 households, and 3,435 families living 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.

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