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Hinton, West Virginia
Temple Street in downtown Hinton in 2007
Temple Street in downtown Hinton in 2007
Motto(s): 
Where friends and rivers meet
Location of Hinton in Summers County, West Virginia.
Location of Hinton in Summers County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Summers
Area
 • Total 3.03 sq mi (7.85 km2)
 • Land 2.23 sq mi (5.78 km2)
 • Water 0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
Elevation
1,463 ft (446 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,676
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,357
 • Density 1,055.53/sq mi (407.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25951
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-37636
GNIS feature ID 1551458
Website hintonwva.com
Summers County Courthouse West Virginia
The Summers County Courthouse in Hinton

Hinton is a city in Summers County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,676 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Summers County. Hinton was established in 1873 and chartered in 1897. Hinton was named after John "Jack" Hinton, the original owner of the town site. Much of Hinton's downtown was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Part of Paramount's 1994 film Lassie was shot in Hinton.

Geography

Hinton is situated along the New River just north of its confluence with the Greenbrier River. Bluestone Lake is located near Hinton. The city is about 28 miles from Beckley and 90 miles from Charleston.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.03 square miles (7.85 km2), of which 2.22 square miles (5.75 km2) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.10 km2) is water.

Climate

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hinton has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 879
1890 2,570 192.4%
1900 3,763 46.4%
1910 3,656 −2.8%
1920 3,912 7.0%
1930 6,654 70.1%
1940 5,815 −12.6%
1950 5,780 −0.6%
1960 5,197 −10.1%
1970 4,503 −13.4%
1980 4,428 −1.7%
1990 3,433 −22.5%
2000 2,880 −16.1%
2010 2,676 −7.1%
2019 (est.) 2,357 −11.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,676 people, 1,276 households, and 676 families living in the city. The population density was 1,205.4 inhabitants per square mile (465.4/km2). There were 1,604 housing units at an average density of 722.5 per square mile (279.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 5.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 1,276 households, of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.8% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.0% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 46 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.2% were from 45 to 64; and 23.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Arts and culture

There are several museums in Hinton, including the Veterans Memorial Museum, the Hinton Railroad Museum, and King's Civil War Museum. The City of Hinton is currently restoring the CSX passenger depot and the Freight Depot to be used as possible tourist draws in the future. City of Hinton Parks and recreation department has a water park complete with a water slide and swimming pool. They also have a 10,000 sq ft public fitness center.

Economy

Major employers in Hinton include Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Summers County ARH, CSX Transportation, Summers County Schools, ManTech International, and Kroger.

Rail transportation

See also: Hinton (Amtrak station)

Amtrak, the national passenger rail service, provides service to Hinton under the Cardinal route. CSX owns the rail line through Hinton, which is the mainline of the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Hinton was a major terminal for the C&O.

Notable people

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, 22nd United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Jack Warhop, Major League Baseball player
  • John Davis Chandler, American actor
  • Gavin Frost , founder of the church of wicca
  • Yvonne Frost , wiccan author, co founder of church and school of wicca
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