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War, West Virginia

City of War, West Virginia
City
City of War, West Virginia
City of War, West Virginia
Nickname(s): West Virginia's most southern city
Location in the State of West Virginia
Location in the State of West Virginia
Coordinates:
Country United States
State West Virginia
County McDowell
Government
 • Mayor Carolyn Cempela[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
 • Land 0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 1,342 ft (409 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 862
 • Estimate (2014)[4] 793
 • Density 968.5/sq mi (373.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24892
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-84484[5]
GNIS feature ID = 1555916[6]
Website http://www.warwestvirginia.com/

War is a city in McDowell County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 862 at the 2010 census. War was incorporated in 1920 by the Circuit Court of McDowell County. Its name is derived from War Creek,[7] whose confluence with Dry Fork is located within the city. War is the only place in the United States with this name. War was formerly known as Miner's City. It is well known for being a setting in the movie "October Sky" as writer Homer Hickam's Big Creek High School alumnus.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 census 2.1
    • 2000 census 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Geography

War is located at (37.301140, −81.684031).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.92 square miles (2.38 km2), of which, 0.89 square miles (2.31 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[2]

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 862 people, 373 households, and 243 families residing in the city. The population density was 968.5 inhabitants per square mile (373.9/km2). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 489.9 per square mile (189.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 3.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 373 households of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 44.7 years. 19.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 30.2% were from 45 to 64; and 19.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 788 people, 331 households, and 225 families residing in the city. The population density was 870.6 people per square mile (334.3/km²). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 428.7 per square mile (164.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.67% White, 4.57% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.38% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 331 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $16,012, and the median income for a family was $20,521. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $18,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,285. About 34.8% of families and 43.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 66.5% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.regiononepdc.org/Local_Governments.pdf
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ a b "Population Estimates".  
  5. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: War, West Virginia
  7. ^ Capace, Nancy (1999). Encyclopedia of West Virginia. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 195.  
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

External links

  • Big Creek High School dead link
  • Big Creek High School Alumni Web
  • [2] Big Creek People in Action
  • War Elementary School dead link
  • City of War's Official Site dead link
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