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Sand Fork, West Virginia
Location of Sand Fork in Gilmer County, West Virginia.
Location of Sand Fork in Gilmer County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°54′49″N 80°45′00″W / 38.91361°N 80.75000°W / 38.91361; -80.75000
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Gilmer
Area
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
 • Land 0.33 sq mi (0.84 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
735 ft (224 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 159
 • Estimate 
(2019)
148
 • Density 455.38/sq mi (175.95/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26430
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-71620
GNIS feature ID 1546345

Sand Fork is a town in Gilmer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 159 at the 2010 census. It is located along the Little Kanawha River, at the mouth of the Sand Fork.

Sand Fork was incorporated in 1903 as Layopolis, named for William R. Lay, an employee of the Eureka Pipe Line Company, which operated in oil fields in the area. Prior to 1983, the town was known as Layopolis, while its post office was known as Sand Fork. The town's name was changed to Sand Fork by the results of an election in 1983.

Geography

Sand Fork is located at 38°54′49″N 80°45′00″W / 38.913684°N 80.749976°W / 38.913684; -80.749976Coordinates: 38°54′49″N 80°45′00″W / 38.913684°N 80.749976°W / 38.913684; -80.749976 (38.913684, -80.749976).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2), of which, 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 252
1980 280 11.1%
1990 196 −30.0%
2000 176 −10.2%
2010 159 −9.7%
2019 (est.) 148 −6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 159 people, 60 households, and 45 families living in the town. The population density was 481.8 inhabitants per square mile (186.0/km2). There were 68 housing units at an average density of 206.1 per square mile (79.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.1% White and 1.9% from two or more races.

There were 60 households, of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the town was 35.5 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 44.0% male and 56.0% female.

Points of interest

This small town has several interesting features. There is an early historic general store, several churches, an elementary school and a number of businesses. There is a trail head located near the town of Sandfork for an extensive set of unnamed off-road vehicle (ORV) trails. These trails are located on private land but access is unrestricted. The trail system is best suited to small vehicles but some trails are accessible by full-size ORVs.

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