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Masontown, West Virginia
Town
Location in Preston County and the state of West Virginia.
Location in Preston County and the state of West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Preston
Area
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.73 km2)
 • Land 0.28 sq mi (0.73 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,801 ft (549 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 546
 • Estimate (2012) 549
 • Density 1,950.0/sq mi (752.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
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 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. (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%
Est. 2015 546 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 546 people, 255 households, and 149 families residing 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 population.

There were 255 households of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age 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 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 647 people, 280 households, and 180 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,299.2 inhabitants per square mile (892.2/km²). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 1,204.7 per square mile (467.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.07% White, 0.15% African American, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.32% of the population.

There were 280 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town, the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,750, and the median income for a family was $29,886. Males had a median income of $24,219 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,927. About 17.0% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.2% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.


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