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Sophia, West Virginia
Main st. (WV 16), downtown Sophia in 2007
Main st. (WV 16), downtown Sophia in 2007
Location of Sophia in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
Location of Sophia in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 37°42′51″N 81°15′2″W / 37.71417°N 81.25056°W / 37.71417; -81.25056Coordinates: 37°42′51″N 81°15′2″W / 37.71417°N 81.25056°W / 37.71417; -81.25056
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Raleigh
Area
 • Total 0.70 sq mi (1.81 km2)
 • Land 0.70 sq mi (1.81 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,320 ft (707 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,344
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,231
 • Density 1,763.61/sq mi (680.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25921
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-75172
GNIS feature ID 1555660

Sophia is a town in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. It was incorporated in 1912. The population was 1,344 at the 2010 census. Sophia was the hometown of the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

History

A post office called Sophia has been in operation since 1909. The town was named for Sophia McGinnis, the family member of a local civil servant. The town incorporated in 1912.

Geography

Sophia, West Virginia (2014)
Hilltop view of Sophia

Sophia is located at 37°42′51″N 81°15′2″W / 37.71417°N 81.25056°W / 37.71417; -81.25056 (37.714197, -81.250659).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.69 square miles (1.79 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 240
1930 611 154.6%
1940 1,160 89.9%
1950 1,430 23.3%
1960 1,284 −10.2%
1970 1,303 1.5%
1980 1,216 −6.7%
1990 1,182 −2.8%
2000 1,301 10.1%
2010 1,344 3.3%
2019 (est.) 1,231 −8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Sophia, West Virginia (2014)
Hilltop view of homes in Sophia

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,344 people, 590 households, and 391 families living in the town. The population density was 1,947.8 inhabitants per square mile (752.0/km2). There were 655 housing units at an average density of 949.3 per square mile (366.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.2% White, 0.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.1%.

Of the 590 households 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.8% of households were one person and 14.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the town was 40.1 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.

Notable person

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