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Oceana, West Virginia
Cook Parkway in Oceana
Cook Parkway in Oceana
Location of Oceana in Wyoming County, West Virginia.
Location of Oceana in Wyoming County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Wyoming
 • Total 1.33 sq mi (3.45 km2)
 • Land 1.29 sq mi (3.34 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
1,263 ft (385 m)
 • Total 1,394
 • Estimate 
 • Density 931.89/sq mi (359.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304 & 681
FIPS code 54-60364
GNIS feature ID 1544323

Oceana is a town in Wyoming County, West Virginia. The population was 1,394 at the time of the 2010 census. Oceana is the oldest city in Wyoming County.


Established in 1797 by early settler and Revolutionary War veteran John Cooke, it was county seat of Wyoming County until 1907, Oceana, when Pineville was designated after a series of disputed elections.


Oceana is located at 37°41′35″N 81°38′4″W / 37.69306°N 81.63444°W / 37.69306; -81.63444 (37.692976, -81.634386). The confluence of the Clear Fork and the Laurel Fork is in the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.33 square miles (3.44 km2), of which, 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Oceana has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 107
1950 1,373
1960 1,303 −5.1%
1970 1,580 21.3%
1980 2,143 35.6%
1990 1,791 −16.4%
2000 1,550 −13.5%
2010 1,394 −10.1%
2019 (est.) 1,204 −13.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,394 people, 595 households, and 408 families living in the town. The population density was 1,080.6 inhabitants per square mile (417.2/km2). There were 651 housing units at an average density of 504.7 per square mile (194.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 595 households, of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.4% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the town was 44.8 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 31.2% were from 45 to 64; and 18.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

Notable people

  • C. Haley Bunn, prosecutor and justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Edward T. England, attorney and congressman
  • Daniel Hall, former member of the West Virginia Legislature
  • Jamie Lester, artist known for bronze sculptures
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