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Summers County, West Virginia
Seal of Summers County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Summers County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 27, 1871
Seat Hinton
Largest City Hinton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

368 sq mi (953 km²)
360 sq mi (932 km²)
7.3 sq mi (19 km²), 2.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

13,239
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: summerscountywv.org/
Named for: George W. Summers

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 (1804-1868).

Geography

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

  • Bluestone National Scenic River (part)
  • New River Gorge National River (part)

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 13,239 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,999 people, 5,530 households, and 3,754 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 7,331 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.57% White, 2.15% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,530 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,147, and the median income for a family was $27,251. Males had a median income of $27,485 versus $18,491 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,419. 24.40% of the population and 20.30% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 34.30% of those under the age of 18 and 14.50% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,927 people, 5,572 households, and 3,632 families residing 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.

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