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Pendleton County, West Virginia

Pendleton County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 8,196. Its county seat is Franklin6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,808 km² (698 mi²). 1,807 km² (698 mi²) of it is land and 1 km² (0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.04% water.

Pendleton County is bounded in the southwest by Pocahontas County, West Virginia in the west by Randolph County, West Virginia, in the north by Grant County, West Virginia and Hardy County, West Virginia, in the east by Rockingham County, Virginia and Augusta County, Virginia and in the south by Highland County, Virginia.

Demographics As of the census1 of 2000, there are 8,196 people, 3,350 households, and 2,355 families residing in the county. The population density is 5/km² (12/mi²). There are 5,102 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 96.34% White, 2.12% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,350 households out of which 28.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% are married couples living together, 8.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% are non-families. 25.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 2.87.

In the county, the population is spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 101.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $30,429, and the median income for a family is $34,860. Males have a median income of $25,342 versus $16,753 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,805. 11.40% of the population and 8.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.60% are under the age of 18 and 12.50% are 65 or older.

Cities and Towns

  • Brandywine[?]
  • Cave[?]
    • This place was so named because of a cave in the vicinity. A post office was established here in 1890.
  • Circleville[?]
    • The place was named for a Mr. Zirkle who once kept a store here.
  • Dahmer[?]
    • The only place in the United States with this name; the post office was discontinued December 1, 1941.
  • Fort Seybert[?]
    • This place was named for Captain Seybert an early stockade here. It was captured by Indians in 1758 who spared only 11 lives. It is the only place in the United States with this name
  • Franklin
    • Established in 1794. It was named for Frances Evick, an early settler.
  • Kline[?]
    • This place was first called Clines Cross Roads but was changed to Kline in about 1875. The name comes from Samuel Kline (or Cline) who was perhaps the first postmaster.
  • Moyers[?]
  • Onego[?]
  • Riverton[?]
  • Seneca Rocks[?]
  • Sugar[?]
  • Upper Tract[?]

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