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Logan County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Logan County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 12, 1824
Seat Logan
Largest City Logan
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

456 sq mi (1,181 km²)
454 sq mi (1,176 km²)
1.9 sq mi (5 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

34,707
78/sq mi (30/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.logancounty.wv.gov
Named for: Chief Logan

Logan County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,743. Its county seat is Logan. The county was formed in 1824 from parts of Giles, Tazewell, Cabell, and Kanawha counties. It is named for Chief Logan, famous Native American chief of the Mingo tribe.

Logan County comprises the Logan, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Charleston-Huntington-Ashland, WV-OH-KY Combined Statistical Area.

In 1921 it was the location of the Battle of Blair Mountain, one of the largest armed uprisings in U.S. history. More recently, the Buffalo Creek Flood of February 26, 1972, killed 125 people when a coal slurry dam burst under the pressure of heavy rains, releasing over 100,000,000 US gallons (380,000,000 L) of waste and water in a 30-foot (9.1 m) wave onto the valley below. The communities of Lorado and Lundale were destroyed and 14 other communities heavily damaged, including Saunders, Amherstdale, Crites, and Latrobe.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 456 square miles (1,180 km2), of which 454 square miles (1,180 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-73 (future)
  • I-74 (future)
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • US 119.svg U.S. Highway 119
  • WV-10.svg West Virginia Route 10
  • WV-17.svg West Virginia Route 17
  • WV-44.svg West Virginia Route 44
  • WV-73.svg West Virginia Route 73
  • WV-80.svg West Virginia Route 80

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 3,680
1840 4,309 17.1%
1850 3,620 −16.0%
1860 4,938 36.4%
1870 5,124 3.8%
1880 7,329 43.0%
1890 11,101 51.5%
1900 6,955 −37.3%
1910 14,476 108.1%
1920 41,006 183.3%
1930 58,534 42.7%
1940 67,768 15.8%
1950 77,391 14.2%
1960 61,570 −20.4%
1970 46,269 −24.9%
1980 50,679 9.5%
1990 43,032 −15.1%
2000 37,710 −12.4%
2010 36,743 −2.6%
Est. 2015 34,707 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 37,710 people, 14,880 households, and 10,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 16,807 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.33% White, 2.59% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,880 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,603, and the median income for a family was $29,072. Males had a median income of $31,515 versus $20,212 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,102. About 20.80% of families and 24.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.60% of those under age 18 and 14.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,743 people, 14,907 households, and 10,512 families residing in the county. The population density was 81.0 inhabitants per square mile (31.3/km2). There were 16,743 housing units at an average density of 36.9 per square mile (14.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.5% white, 2.1% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.6% were Irish, 13.3% were German, 7.8% were English, and 6.9% were American.

Of the 14,907 households, 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.5% were non-families, and 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 42.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,465 and the median income for a family was $43,475. Males had a median income of $39,462 versus $26,571 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,614. About 17.6% of families and 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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