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Jackson County, West Virginia

Jackson County, West Virginia
The Jackson County Courthouse in Ripley in 2007
Map of West Virginia highlighting Jackson 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 1, 1831
Named for Andrew Jackson
Seat Ripley
Largest city Ravenswood
Area
 • Total 472 sq mi (1,222 km2)
 • Land 464 sq mi (1,202 km2)
 • Water 7.3 sq mi (19 km2), 1.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 29,126
 • Density 63/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .gov.wv.jacksoncountywww

Jackson County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,211.[1] Its county seat is Ripley,[2] and its largest municipality is Ravenswood. The county was formed in 1831 from parts of Kanawha, Wood, and Mason Counties, and named for Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.[3][4]

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
    • National protected area 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Unincorporated communities 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 472 square miles (1,220 km2), of which 464 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (1.5%) is water.[5] The Ohio River forms part of Jackson County's western border. Sandy Creek and Mill Creek, tributaries of the Ohio, flow through the northern and central portions of the county.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 28,000 people, 11,061 households, and 8,207 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 12,245 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.75% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,061 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.60% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,434, and the median income for a family was $38,021. Males had a median income of $32,991 versus $20,253 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,205. About 12.20% of families and 15.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.60% of those under age 18 and 9.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

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External links

  • Jackson County Schools
  • Jackson County Public Library
  • WVGenWeb Jackson County

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