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Matoaka, West Virginia
Census-designated place
Bank of Matoaka West Virginia
Bank of Matoaka West Virginia
Location of Matoaka in Mercer County, West Virginia.
Location of Matoaka in Mercer County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Mercer
Area
 • Total 0.26 sq mi (0.68 km2)
 • Land 0.26 sq mi (0.68 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,359 ft (719 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 227
 • Estimate 
(2019)
202
 • Density 765.15/sq mi (295.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
24736
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-52420
GNIS feature ID 1542868

Matoaka is a census-designated place in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 227 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578. This town is named for Chief Powhatan's daughter Matoaka who was better known by her nickname "Pocahontas". Matoaka became an unincorporated town when it voted to dissolve its charter in May 2018.

Geography

Matoaka is located at 37°25′7″N 81°14′31″W / 37.41861°N 81.24194°W / 37.41861; -81.24194 (37.418741, -81.242028).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2), all land.

Climate

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 647
1930 929 43.6%
1940 926 −0.3%
1950 1,003 8.3%
1960 613 −38.9%
1970 608 −0.8%
1980 613 0.8%
1990 366 −40.3%
2000 317 −13.4%
2010 227 −28.4%
2019 (est.) 202 −11.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Welcome to Matoaka - panoramio
Welcome sign at the entrance of town

At the 2010 census there were 227 people, 87 households, and 60 families living in the town. The population density was 873.1 inhabitants per square mile (337.1/km2). There were 145 housing units at an average density of 557.7 per square mile (215.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.7% White, 0.4% African American, and 0.9% Asian. Of the 87 households 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.0% were non-families. 24.1% of households were one person and 12.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the town was 40.2 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 18.9% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

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