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Harrisville, West Virginia
Main Street in Harrisville in 2007
Main Street in Harrisville in 2007
Location of Harrisville in Ritchie County, West Virginia.
Location of Harrisville in Ritchie County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 39°12′36″N 81°3′3″W / 39.21000°N 81.05083°W / 39.21000; -81.05083Coordinates: 39°12′36″N 81°3′3″W / 39.21000°N 81.05083°W / 39.21000; -81.05083
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Ritchie
Area
 • Total 1.59 sq mi (4.13 km2)
 • Land 1.58 sq mi (4.10 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
856 ft (261 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,876
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,674
 • Density 1,056.82/sq mi (408.08/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
26362
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-35428
GNIS feature ID 1540017

Harrisville is a town in Ritchie County, West Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of Ritchie County. Harrisville is located at the junction of State Routes 31 and 16, five miles south of U.S. 50. Within the community are an elementary school, the county board of education, many businesses, three banks, a library, offices of the Ritchie Gazette and The Pennsboro News, a municipal park, and North Bend Golf Course. North Bend Lake and North Bend State Park are located just outside town limits. Municipal elections are held every two years.

History

Some say the town was named for Gen. Thomas Harris, while others believe it was named after John Maley Harris, an early settler.

The Harrisville Historic District, Harrisville Grade School, and the Ritchie County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Harrisville is located at 39°12′36″N 81°3′3″W / 39.21000°N 81.05083°W / 39.21000; -81.05083 (39.209866, -81.050917).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.59 square miles (4.12 km2), of which, 1.58 square miles (4.09 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 140
1880 221 57.9%
1890 361 63.3%
1900 472 30.7%
1910 608 28.8%
1920 1,036 70.4%
1930 1,192 15.1%
1940 1,338 12.2%
1950 1,387 3.7%
1960 1,428 3.0%
1970 1,464 2.5%
1980 1,673 14.3%
1990 1,839 9.9%
2000 1,842 0.2%
2010 1,876 1.8%
2019 (est.) 1,674 −10.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

According to the 2010 census, there were 1,876 people, 787 households, and 496 families living in the town. The population density was 1,187.3 inhabitants per square mile (458.4/km2). There were 917 housing units at an average density of 580.4 per square mile (224.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 787 households, of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.0% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the town was 44.8 years. 21.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

Notable person

Frank Deem (1928-2018), West Virginia state legislator and engineer, was born in Harrisville.

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