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Tunnelton, West Virginia
Location of Tunnelton in Preston County, West Virginia.
Location of Tunnelton in Preston County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Preston
Area
 • Total 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Land 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,824 ft (556 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 294
 • Estimate 
(2019)
295
 • Density 880.60/sq mi (340.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26444
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-81268
GNIS feature ID 1548320

Tunnelton is a town in southwestern Preston County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 294 at the 2010 census.

History

Tunnelton took its name after the nearby Kingwood Tunnel. The Tunnelton Railroad Depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Geography

Tunnelton is located at 39°23′42″N 79°44′47″W / 39.395000°N 79.746438°W / 39.395000; -79.746438 (39.395000, -79.746438).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 479
1910 792 65.3%
1920 703 −11.2%
1930 595 −15.4%
1940 552 −7.2%
1950 544 −1.4%
1960 359 −34.0%
1970 369 2.8%
1980 510 38.2%
1990 331 −35.1%
2000 336 1.5%
2010 294 −12.5%
2019 (est.) 295 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 294 people, 110 households, and 74 families living in the town. The population density was 864.7 inhabitants per square mile (333.9/km2). There were 117 housing units at an average density of 344.1 per square mile (132.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.0% White, 0.3% African American, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7%.

Of the 110 households 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 21.8% of households were one person and 11.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the town was 38 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Notable person

  • Jay Bonafield, film producer.
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