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Kimball, West Virginia
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Kimball in 2014
Location of Kimball in McDowell County, West Virginia.
Location of Kimball in McDowell County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 37°25′39″N 81°30′24″W / 37.42750°N 81.50667°W / 37.42750; -81.50667Coordinates: 37°25′39″N 81°30′24″W / 37.42750°N 81.50667°W / 37.42750; -81.50667
Country United States
State West Virginia
County McDowell
Area
 • Total 0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)
 • Land 0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,509 ft (460 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 194
 • Estimate 
(2019)
153
 • Density 604.74/sq mi (233.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
24853
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-43780
GNIS feature ID 1541195

Kimball is a town in McDowell County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 194 at the 2010 census.

Kimball was incorporated in 1911 and named for Frederick J. Kimball, a railroad official. Kimball is the site of the first war memorial building erected in memory of the African-American veterans of World War I.

Geography

Kimball is located at 37°25′39″N 81°30′24″W / 37.427496°N 81.506750°W / 37.427496; -81.506750 (37.427496, -81.506750).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,630
1920 1,428 −12.4%
1930 1,467 2.7%
1940 1,580 7.7%
1950 1,359 −14.0%
1960 1,175 −13.5%
1970 962 −18.1%
1980 871 −9.5%
1990 550 −36.9%
2000 411 −25.3%
2010 194 −52.8%
2019 (est.) 153 −21.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 194 people, 78 households, and 52 families living in the town. The population density was 776.0 inhabitants per square mile (299.6/km2). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 532.0 per square mile (205.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 37.6% White, 57.2% African American, and 5.2% from two or more races.

There were 78 households, of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 26.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.5% 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 2.49 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the town was 43 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.6% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.4% male and 54.6% female.

Economics

From 2005 when it opened until its closure in 2016, a Walmart superstore was the largest employer in the town.

Kimball is home to the Five Loaves and Two Fishes foodbank, which features a hydropanel water production system which can produce 950 gallons of clean drinking water monthly.

Notable people

  • Tracy Gravely - former Canadian Football League linebacker
  • Jean Battlo - West Virginia playwright, born and raised in Kimball
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