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Boone County, West Virginia

Boone County, West Virginia
The Boone County Courthouse in Madison
Map of West Virginia highlighting Boone County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded March 11, 1847
Named for Daniel Boone
Seat Madison
Largest city Madison
Area
 • Total 503 sq mi (1,303 km2)
 • Land 502 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 23,714
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.boonecountywvwww

Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,629.[1] Its county seat is Madison.[2] The county was formed in 1847[3] from parts of Kanawha, Cabell, and Logan Counties and named for Daniel Boone, noted hunter and explorer, whose home was in the Great Kanawha Valley from 1789 to 1795.

Boone County is part of the Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2010 population of 225,954.

Leading industries and chief agricultural products in Boone County include coal, lumber, natural gas, tobacco, and strawberries.

On February 1, 2006, two fatal mining accidents occurred in the communities of Uneeda and Wharton in Boone County. These two deaths with the addition of January's Sago Mine disaster and the Aracoma Alma Mine disaster caused West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to close all of West Virginia's mines in a "mine safety stand-down."

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
    • Madison 3.1
    • Van 3.2
    • Wharton 3.3
    • Seth 3.4
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Census-designated places 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
  • Notable residents 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 503 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 502 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 25,535 people, 10,291 households, and 7,460 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,575 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.53% White, 0.65% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The largest ancestry groups in Boone County are English (13%), Irish (12%) and German (11%).[11]

There were 10,291 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% 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 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,669, and the median income for a family was $31,999. Males had a median income of $34,931 versus $19,607 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,453. About 18.30% of families and 22.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.90% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Madison

  • Jeffrey-Spencer Elementary School
  • Madison Elementary School
  • Ramage Elementary School
  • Brookview Elementary School
  • Madison Middle School
  • Scott High School

Van

  • Van Elementary School
  • Van Jr./Sr. High School

Wharton

  • Wharton Elementary School

Seth

  • Ashford-Rumble Elementary School
  • Nellis Elementary School
  • Sherman Elementary School
  • Sherman Junior High School
  • Sherman Senior High School
  • Whitesville Elementary School

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Notable residents

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvcounties.html
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genealogyInfo.php?locIndex=23050

External links

  • Boone County Community and Economic Development Office
  • Boone County Firefighters and Mutual Aid Association
  • WVGenWeb Boone County
  • Danville WV (Boone County) Volunteer Fire Department

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