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Hamlin, West Virginia
Town
Walnut Street (West Virginia Route 3) in Hamlin in 2007
Walnut Street (West Virginia Route 3) in Hamlin in 2007
Location of Hamlin, West Virginia
Location of Hamlin, West Virginia
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Lincoln
Area
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Land 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 653 ft (199 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,142
 • Estimate (2012) 1,137
 • Density 1,903.3/sq mi (734.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25523
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-34516
GNIS feature ID 1539881

Hamlin, originally named "Hamline," is a town in Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States, along the Mud River. The population was recorded as 1,142 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lincoln County. Hamlin is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000.

History

The town was established in 1853 by an act of the Virginia state legislature. Hamlin was named for Bishop Leonidas Lent Hamline of the Methodist Church. A former postmaster claimed that Bishop Hamline added the "E" to his last name.

Geography

Hamlin is located at 38°16′44″N 82°6′25″W / 38.27889°N 82.10694°W / 38.27889; -82.10694 (38.278946, -82.106825).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.60 square miles (1.55 km2), all of it land.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hamlin has a Humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Hamlin, West Virginia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.7
(44)
8.3
(47)
13.3
(56)
20
(68)
25
(77)
28.9
(84)
30.6
(87)
30
(86)
27.2
(81)
21.7
(71)
14.4
(58)
8.3
(47)
19.4
(67)
Average low °C (°F) -6.1
(21)
-5
(23)
-1.1
(30)
3.9
(39)
9.4
(49)
14.4
(58)
16.7
(62)
16.1
(61)
11.7
(53)
4.4
(40)
-0.6
(31)
-4.4
(24)
5
(41)
Precipitation mm (inches) 84
(3.3)
79
(3.1)
102
(4)
89
(3.5)
114
(4.5)
99
(3.9)
127
(5)
97
(3.8)
81
(3.2)
69
(2.7)
81
(3.2)
86
(3.4)
1,107
(43.6)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 516
1930 844 63.6%
1940 850 0.7%
1950 841 −1.1%
1960 850 1.1%
1970 1,024 20.5%
1980 1,219 19.0%
1990 1,030 −15.5%
2000 1,119 8.6%
2010 1,142 2.1%
Est. 2015 1,123 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,142 people, 467 households, and 311 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,903.3 inhabitants per square mile (734.9/km2). There were 528 housing units at an average density of 880.0 per square mile (339.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.0% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 467 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.4% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the town was 43.2 years. 19.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,119 people, 478 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,949.7 inhabitants per square mile (758.0/km²). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 918.2 per square mile (357.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.84% White, 0.09% African American, 0.27% Native American, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

Lincoln County Courthouse West Virginia
The Lincoln County Courthouse in Hamlin in 2007.

There were 478 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 80.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,143, and the median income for a family was $30,250. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,059 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,728. About 20.3% of families and 22.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.0% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.


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