Boone County, West Virginia

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Boone County, West Virginia
Boone County Courthouse West Virginia.jpg
The Boone County Courthouse in Madison
Map of West Virginia highlighting Boone County
Location in the U.S. 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.)
 • (2015) 23,372
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.boonecountywv.org

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."

Boone County voted Democratic in every presidential election starting in 1976, until 2012 when Republican Mitt Romney won over 60% of the vote in the process of sweeping every county in the state. Also in 2012, in the states Democrat primaries, Boone County was one of the counties which voted for convicted felon Keith Russell Judd, who at the time, was still in prison over incumbent president Barack Obama.

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,237
1860 4,840 49.5%
1870 4,553 −5.9%
1880 5,824 27.9%
1890 6,885 18.2%
1900 8,194 19.0%
1910 10,331 26.1%
1920 15,319 48.3%
1930 24,586 60.5%
1940 28,556 16.1%
1950 33,173 16.2%
1960 28,764 −13.3%
1970 25,118 −12.7%
1980 30,447 21.2%
1990 25,870 −15.0%
2000 25,535 −1.3%
2010 24,629 −3.5%
Est. 2015 23,372 [5] −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

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 $18,232 and the median income for a family was $33,676. Males had a median income of $2 versus $1 for females. The per capita income for the county was $1. About 100% of families and 100% of the population were below the poverty line, including 100% of those under age 18 and 100% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,629 people, 9,928 households, and 7,014 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 49.1 inhabitants per square mile (19.0/km2). There were 11,070 housing units at an average density of 22.1 per square mile (8.5/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 98.5% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 15.4% were German, 13.3% were American, 12.9% were Irish, and 8.3% were English.[14]

Of the 9,928 households, 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 40.7 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $4 and the median income for a family was $5. Males had a median income of $5 versus $3 for females. The per capita income for the county was $2. About 100% of families and 100% of the population were below the poverty line, including 100% of those under age 18 and 100% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results[16]
Year Republican Democrat
2016 74.09% 6,483 20.38% 1,783
2012 64.30% 5,467 32.82% 2,790
2008 43.39% 3,632 54.11% 4,529
2004 41.25% 4,207 58.18% 5,933
2000 36.68% 3,353 61.88% 5,656
1996 21.49% 1,917 67.79% 6,048
1992 20.93% 2,021 68.09% 6,576
1988 29.81% 2,786 69.97% 6,539
1984 39.39% 4,656 60.24% 7,121
1980 34.70% 4,164 62.62% 7,515
1976 26.48% 3,072 73.52% 8,528
1972 52.84% 5,985 47.16% 5,342
1968 28.87% 2,970 62.13% 6,391
1964 22.27% 2,467 77.73% 8,609
1960 33.74% 4,104 66.26% 8,058

Education[edit]

Madison[edit]

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

Van[edit]

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

Wharton[edit]

  • Wharton Elementary School (slated for closure)

Seth[edit]

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

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. 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". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genealogyInfo.php?locIndex=23050
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  16. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2016-11-18. 

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Coordinates: 38°01′N 81°43′W / 38.02°N 81.72°W / 38.02; -81.72