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Nicholas County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Nicholas 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 30, 1818
Seat Summersville
Largest City Summersville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

654 sq mi (1,694 km²)
647 sq mi (1,676 km²)
7.6 sq mi (20 km²), 1.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

25,594
40/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.nicholascountywv.org/
Named for: Wilson Cary Nicholas
NicholasCountySignWV
One of several markers designating the border between Nicholas and Greenbrier counties along Greenbrier Road near Richwood. Older stone survey markers are located a few feet behind the modern highway sign.

Nicholas County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,233. Its county seat is Summersville. The county was created in 1818 by the Virginia General Assembly and named for Virginia Governor Wilson Cary Nicholas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 654 square miles (1,690 km2), of which 647 square miles (1,680 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (1.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 19.svg U.S. Highway 19
  • WV-20.svg West Virginia Route 20
  • WV-39.svg West Virginia Route 39
  • WV-41.svg West Virginia Route 41
  • WV-55.svg West Virginia Route 55

Battlefields

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Keslers Cross Lanes

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Gauley River National Recreation Area (part)
  • Monongahela National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,853
1830 3,346 80.6%
1840 2,515 −24.8%
1850 3,963 57.6%
1860 4,627 16.8%
1870 4,458 −3.7%
1880 7,223 62.0%
1890 9,309 28.9%
1900 11,403 22.5%
1910 17,699 55.2%
1920 20,717 17.1%
1930 20,686 −0.1%
1940 24,070 16.4%
1950 27,696 15.1%
1960 25,414 −8.2%
1970 22,552 −11.3%
1980 28,126 24.7%
1990 26,775 −4.8%
2000 26,562 −0.8%
2010 26,233 −1.2%
Est. 2015 25,594 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,562 people, 10,722 households, and 7,762 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 12,406 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.84% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,722 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,974, and the median income for a family was $32,074. Males had a median income of $30,508 versus $17,964 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,207. About 15.00% of families and 19.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.40% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 26,233 people, 10,938 households, and 7,591 families residing in the county. The population density was 40.6 inhabitants per square mile (15.7/km2). There were 13,064 housing units at an average density of 20.2 per square mile (7.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.4% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 21.7% were Irish, 19.0% were German, 12.9% were English, and 10.1% were American.

Of the 10,938 households, 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families, and 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 43.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,457 and the median income for a family was $45,127. Males had a median income of $42,302 versus $25,859 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,359. About 14.3% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.5% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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