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Summers County
The Summers County Courthouse in Hinton
The Summers County Courthouse in Hinton
Official seal of Summers County
Map of West Virginia highlighting Summers County
Location within the U.S. state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Founded February 27, 1871
Named for George W. Summers
Seat Hinton
Largest city Hinton
 • Total 368 sq mi (950 km2)
 • Land 360 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Water 7.3 sq mi (19 km2)  2.0%%
 • Total 13,927
 • Estimate 
 • Density 37.85/sq mi (14.612/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Summers County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,927. Its county seat is Hinton. The county was created by an act of the West Virginia Legislature on February 27, 1871, from parts of Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer and Monroe counties and named in honor of George W. Summers (1804–68).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 368 square miles (950 km2), of which 360 square miles (930 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (2.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-64.svg Interstate 64
  • WV-3.svg West Virginia Route 3
  • WV-12.svg West Virginia Route 12
  • WV-20.svg West Virginia Route 20
  • WV-107.svg West Virginia Route 107

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 9,033
1890 13,117 45.2%
1900 16,265 24.0%
1910 18,429 13.3%
1920 19,092 3.6%
1930 20,469 7.2%
1940 20,409 −0.3%
1950 19,183 −6.0%
1960 15,640 −18.5%
1970 13,213 −15.5%
1980 15,875 20.1%
1990 14,204 −10.5%
2000 12,999 −8.5%
2010 13,927 7.1%
2019 (est.) 12,573 −9.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,927 people, 5,572 households, and 3,632 families living in the county. The population density was 38.6 inhabitants per square mile (14.9/km2). There were 7,680 housing units at an average density of 21.3 per square mile (8.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.0% white, 4.8% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.2% were Irish, 18.2% were German, 17.1% were English, and 10.2% were American.

Of the 5,572 households, 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.8% were non-families, and 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 45.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,720 and the median income for a family was $39,235. Males had a median income of $27,382 versus $25,011 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,190. About 15.6% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.4% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.



Other places


Public schools in Summers County are governed by the Summers County Schools school district; per West Virginia state law, all school districts in West Virginia follow county boundaries. 1,548 students are enrolled in the five public schools in Summers County. Summers County has one public high school, Summers County High School, which serves students in grades 9–12; one middle school, Summers Middle School, which serves students in grades 5–8; and three elementary schools, Hinton Area Elementary School, serving Pre-K through 4th grades, and Jumping Branch Elementary School and Talcott Elementary School which serve students in grades Pre-K through 5. Summers County High School has a total enrollment of 458 students and a graduation rate of 78.45% Summers Middle School has an enrollment of 334 students, and Hinton Area Elementary School, Jumping Branch Elementary School, and Talcott Elementary School have enrollments of 469, 132, and 155 students respectively.

Summers County is also home to one private school, Pipestem Christian Academy. Pipestem Christian Academy is part of the West Virginia Christian Education Association and has a total enrollment of 89 students in grades Pre-K through 11. Greenbrier Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for girls, is also located in Summers County, in the community of Pence Springs.

See also

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