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Wyoming County
Wyoming County Courthouse and Jail in Pineville
Map of West Virginia highlighting Wyoming County
Location within the U.S. state of West Virginia
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West Virginia's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Founded January 26, 1850
Seat Pineville
Largest city Mullens
Area
 • Total 502 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Land 499 sq mi (1,290 km2)
 • Water 2.4 sq mi (6 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 23,796
 • Estimate 
(2019)
20,394
 • Density 47.40/sq mi (18.302/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Wyoming County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,796. Its county seat is Pineville. The county was created in 1850 from Logan County and named for the Lenape word meaning "large plains".

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 502 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 499 square miles (1,290 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (0.5%) is water. The county is drained by the branches of Sandy and Guyandotte rivers. The land surface is mountainous.

Major highways

  • I‑73 (future)
  • I‑74 (future)
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • WV-10.svg West Virginia Route 10
  • WV-16.svg West Virginia Route 16
  • WV-54.svg West Virginia Route 54
  • WV-80.svg West Virginia Route 80
  • WV-85.svg West Virginia Route 85
  • WV-97.svg West Virginia Route 97
  • WV-971.svg West Virginia Route 971

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,645
1860 2,861 73.9%
1870 3,171 10.8%
1880 4,322 36.3%
1890 6,247 44.5%
1900 8,380 34.1%
1910 10,392 24.0%
1920 15,180 46.1%
1930 20,926 37.9%
1940 29,774 42.3%
1950 37,540 26.1%
1960 34,836 −7.2%
1970 30,095 −13.6%
1980 35,993 19.6%
1990 28,990 −19.5%
2000 25,708 −11.3%
2010 23,796 −7.4%
2019 (est.) 20,394 −14.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,796 people, 9,687 households, and 6,947 families living in the county. The population density was 47.6 inhabitants per square mile (18.4/km2). There were 10,958 housing units at an average density of 21.9 per square mile (8.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.2% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population. The largest ancestry groups were:

13.8% Irish

13.2% English

13.2% American

12.6% German

2.1% Italian

1.2% Scotch-Irish

1.2% Dutch

1.1% Scottish

Of the 9,687 households, 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families, and 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 42.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,343 and the median income for a family was $46,221. Males had a median income of $43,942 versus $26,428 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,662. About 13.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Notable people

  • Bernie Casey, football player and actor
  • Mike D'Antoni, NBA coach
  • William C. Marland, West Virginia Governor
  • Christy Martin, professional boxer
  • Joe Pendry, NFL coach
  • Curt Warner, football player
  • Greg White, college basketball coach and motivational speaker
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