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Masontown, West Virginia
Location of Masontown in Preston County, West Virginia.
Location of Masontown in Preston County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 39°33′7″N 79°48′1″W / 39.55194°N 79.80028°W / 39.55194; -79.80028Coordinates: 39°33′7″N 79°48′1″W / 39.55194°N 79.80028°W / 39.55194; -79.80028
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Preston
Area
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Land 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,801 ft (549 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 546
 • Estimate 
(2019)
538
 • Density 1,935.25/sq mi (746.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26542
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-52228
GNIS feature ID 1555063

Masontown is a town in Preston County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 546 at the 2010 census.

History

Masontown was laid out and platted in 1856. The town was named after William Mason, a pioneer merchant.

Located near Masontown is the Ralphsynder Decagonal Barn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Geography

Masontown is located at 39°33′7″N 79°48′1″W / 39.55194°N 79.80028°W / 39.55194; -79.80028 (39.551821, -79.800156). It has also been host to the All Good Music Festival for the past few years.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.28 square miles (0.73 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 520
1920 831 59.8%
1930 924 11.2%
1940 869 −6.0%
1950 941 8.3%
1960 841 −10.6%
1970 868 3.2%
1980 1,052 21.2%
1990 737 −29.9%
2000 647 −12.2%
2010 546 −15.6%
2019 (est.) 538 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 546 people, 255 households, and 149 families living in the town. The population density was 1,950.0 inhabitants per square mile (752.9/km2). There were 311 housing units at an average density of 1,110.7 per square mile (428.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.5% White, 0.5% Pacific Islander, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4%.

Of the 255 households 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.6% were non-families. 34.5% of households were one person and 12.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the town was 42.5 years. 17.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.3% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 19% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

Education

West Preston Middle School is a small middle school located in Masontown, West Virginia, and consists of two main buildings. As of 2012, the school is 95 years old. The current principal is James Hoit. In 2015, a new middle school will be built, as the levy held in 2010 gave permission to go ahead. The school was founded in 1918, by citizens of Masontown selling pies. This school was built as Masontown High School and later consolidated with Arthurdale High School to become Valley High School, and consisted of the main building with three stories. Later, the second building was built. This was at first an elementary school, but later was combined with West Preston School to form one big high school. Later, after the construction of Preston High School, it was made into a middle school.

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