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Rupert, West Virginia
Nicholas Street (U.S. Route 60)
Nicholas Street (U.S. Route 60)
Location of Rupert in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
Location of Rupert in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Greenbrier
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.03 km2)
 • Land 0.77 sq mi (1.99 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
2,441 ft (744 m)
 • Total 942
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,165.58/sq mi (449.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-70828

Rupert is a town in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 942 at the 2010 census. Cyrus A. Rupert first came to Greenbrier County, circa 1829, when he was seventeen years old. Cyrus, the seventh of eleven children, was born at Point Pleasant on October 7, 1812. His parents were Henry Rupert and Naomi Henkle Rupert. Apparently, Cyrus chose to go to Greenbrier County to be with his brothers, Gideon and Paul, who were running a general store at Clintonville. Cyrus' father, Henry, died in 1835 and most of the family, including Gideon, then migrated westward to Pekin, Illinois. Paul moved to Louisville, Kentucky, but Cyrus chose to stay in Greenbrier County. Why Cyrus and his brothers came to Greenbrier County is not known. However, there were Henkles in the area and were possibly related to their mother.

Cyrus became friends with Andrew McClung and it is probably through him that Cyrus began to acquire property near the mouth of Big Clear Creek. This property became the basis for a settlement that would later become Rupert, West Virginia.


Rupert is located at 37°57′52″N 80°41′17″W / 37.96444°N 80.68806°W / 37.96444; -80.68806 (37.964413, -80.688171).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2), of which, 0.77 square miles (1.99 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 952
1960 921 −3.3%
1970 1,027 11.5%
1980 1,276 24.2%
1990 1,104 −13.5%
2000 940 −14.9%
2010 942 0.2%
2019 (est.) 894 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 942 people, 431 households, and 243 families living in the town. The population density was 1,223.4 inhabitants per square mile (472.4/km2). There were 509 housing units at an average density of 661.0 per square mile (255.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 431 households, of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the town was 44.8 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 20.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

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