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Marlinton, West Virginia
Historic Depot and the Greenbrier River Trail in Marlinton.
Historic Depot and the Greenbrier River Trail in Marlinton.
Location of Marlinton in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
Location of Marlinton in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Pocahontas
 • Total 2.44 sq mi (6.33 km2)
 • Land 2.35 sq mi (6.09 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
2,126 ft (648 m)
 • Total 1,054
 • Estimate 
 • Density 408.76/sq mi (157.80/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-51676
GNIS feature ID 1552003

Marlinton is a town in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,054 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pocahontas County and is known for its scenic beauty.


Marlinton is named for Jacob Marlin, who, along with Stephen Sewell, became the first non-native settlers west of the Allegheny Mountains, in the Greenbriar Valley in 1749. New Englanders Marlin and Sewell built a cabin in what would become Marlinton, but after various religious disputes, Sewell moved into a nearby hollowed-out Sycamore tree. In 1751, surveyor John Lewis discovered the pair. Sewell eventually settled on the eastern side of Sewell Mountain, near present-day Rainelle, WV.

Located at Marlinton and listed on the National Register of Historic Places are the Frank and Anna Hunter House, IOOF Lodge Building, Marlinton Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Station, Marlinton Opera House, Pocahontas County Courthouse and Jail, and Pocahontas Times Print Shop. Located near Marlinton are Droop Mountain Battlefield and New Deal Resources in Watoga State Park Historic District.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.53 square miles (6.55 km2), of which, 2.44 square miles (6.32 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.


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, Marlinton has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 5
1900 171 3,320.0%
1910 1,045 511.1%
1920 1,177 12.6%
1930 1,586 34.7%
1940 1,644 3.7%
1950 1,645 0.1%
1960 1,586 −3.6%
1970 1,286 −18.9%
1980 1,352 5.1%
1990 1,148 −15.1%
2000 1,204 4.9%
2010 1,054 −12.5%
2019 (est.) 961 −8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,054 people, 467 households, and 247 families living in the town. The population density was 432.0 inhabitants per square mile (166.8/km2). There were 658 housing units at an average density of 269.7 per square mile (104.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.8% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 467 households, of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.7% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.1% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the town was 47.4 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.9% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.6% male and 54.4% female.


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