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Sistersville, West Virginia
Wells Street in downtown Sistersville in 2006
Wells Street in downtown Sistersville in 2006
Location of Sistersville in Tyler County, West Virginia.
Location of Sistersville in Tyler County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 39°33′42″N 80°59′52″W / 39.56167°N 80.99778°W / 39.56167; -80.99778Coordinates: 39°33′42″N 80°59′52″W / 39.56167°N 80.99778°W / 39.56167; -80.99778
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Tyler
Area
 • Total 0.53 sq mi (1.36 km2)
 • Land 0.53 sq mi (1.36 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
650 ft (198 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,396
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,282
 • Density 2,441.90/sq mi (942.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26175
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-74380
GNIS feature ID 1552903

Sistersville is a city in Tyler County, West Virginia, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 1,396 at the 2010 census. The Sistersville Ferry crosses the Ohio River to the unincorporated community of Fly in Monroe County, Ohio.

History

Sistersville was named from the fact two sisters were the original owners of the town site. The town was incorporated in 1839.

Historical sites

The Sistersville City Hall is a historic city hall building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The City Hall is contributing property of the Sistersville Historic District.

Other listed historic properties in Sistersville include the E. A. Durham House, the Wells Inn, the Wells-Schaff House and the Wells-Twyford House.

Geography

Sistersville is located at 39°33′42″N 80°59′52″W / 39.56167°N 80.99778°W / 39.56167; -80.99778 (39.561615, -80.997791).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.53 square miles (1.37 km2), all of it land.

Sistersville 1896
Map of Sistersville 1896

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 351
1870 304 −13.4%
1880 386 27.0%
1890 469 21.5%
1900 2,979 535.2%
1910 2,684 −9.9%
1920 3,238 20.6%
1930 3,072 −5.1%
1940 2,702 −12.0%
1950 2,313 −14.4%
1960 2,331 0.8%
1970 2,246 −3.6%
1980 2,367 5.4%
1990 1,797 −24.1%
2000 1,588 −11.6%
2010 1,396 −12.1%
2019 (est.) 1,282 −8.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,396 people, 593 households, and 355 families living in the city. The population density was 2,634.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,017.0/km2). There were 726 housing units at an average density of 1,369.8 per square mile (528.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 593 households, of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.1% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 44.5 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

Notable people

  • Bill Bolling- (1957-) former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
  • Juliann Graham-(1915-1935) actress
  • Peggy Shanor (1895-1935), silent film actress
  • Tara Wilson, Miss West Virginia USA 2000
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