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Tyler County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Tyler 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 December 6, 1814
Seat Middlebourne
Largest City Paden City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

261 sq mi (676 km²)
256 sq mi (663 km²)
4.4 sq mi (11 km²), 1.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

8,975
36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.tylercountywv.com/
Named for: John Tyler, Sr.

Tyler County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,208. Its county seat is Middlebourne. The county was founded in 1814 and is named after John Tyler, Sr., father of President John Tyler.

History

Tyler County was formed from a portion of Ohio County on December 6, 1814.


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 261 square miles (680 km2), of which 256 square miles (660 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • WV-2.svg West Virginia Route 2
  • WV-18.svg West Virginia Route 18
  • WV-23.svg West Virginia Route 23
  • WV-74.svg West Virginia Route 74
  • WV-180.svg West Virginia Route 180

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,314
1830 4,104 77.4%
1840 6,954 69.4%
1850 5,498 −20.9%
1860 6,517 18.5%
1870 7,832 20.2%
1880 11,073 41.4%
1890 11,962 8.0%
1900 18,252 52.6%
1910 16,211 −11.2%
1920 14,186 −12.5%
1930 12,785 −9.9%
1940 12,559 −1.8%
1950 10,535 −16.1%
1960 10,026 −4.8%
1970 9,929 −1.0%
1980 11,320 14.0%
1990 9,796 −13.5%
2000 9,592 −2.1%
2010 9,208 −4.0%
Est. 2015 8,975 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,592 people, 3,836 households, and 2,834 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 4,780 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.35% White, 0.02% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,836 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,290, and the median income for a family was $35,320. Males had a median income of $34,250 versus $18,140 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,216. About 12.20% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.00% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,208 people, 3,858 households, and 2,638 families residing in the county. The population density was 35.9 inhabitants per square mile (13.9/km2). There were 5,000 housing units at an average density of 19.5 per square mile (7.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.0% white, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.0% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.3% were German, 16.1% were English, 12.7% were Irish, and 11.8% were American.

Of the 3,858 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.6% were non-families, and 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 45.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,496 and the median income for a family was $42,209. Males had a median income of $37,414 versus $25,335 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,245. About 12.9% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions

Festivals

  • Tyler County Fair, Middlebourne, early August
  • Heroes Day, Sistersville, early September
  • West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival, Sistersville, mid-September
  • Sistersville Marble Festival, Sistersville, late September
  • Middle Island Harvest Festival, Middlebourne, early October

Historical

  • Sistersville Ferry, Sistersville
  • Tyler County Museum, Middlebourne. Previously Tyler County High School, replaced by Tyler Consolidated High School in 1993
  • Wells Inn, Sistersville

Natural

  • Conaway Run Lake Wildlife Management Area, near Centerville (man-made)
  • The Jug Wildlife Management Area, near Middlebourne

Other attractions

  • Tyler County Speedway, Middlebourne

Communities


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