Logan County, West Virginia

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Logan County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Logan County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 12, 1824
Named forChief Logan
SeatLogan
Largest cityLogan
Area
 • Total456 sq mi (1,181 km2)
 • Land454 sq mi (1,176 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (5 km2), 0.4%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)35,987
 • Density83/sq mi (32/km²)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.logancounty.wv.gov
 
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Logan County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Logan County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 12, 1824
Named forChief Logan
SeatLogan
Largest cityLogan
Area
 • Total456 sq mi (1,181 km2)
 • Land454 sq mi (1,176 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (5 km2), 0.4%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)35,987
 • Density83/sq mi (32/km²)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.logancounty.wv.gov

Logan County is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,743.[1] Its county seat is Logan.[2] The county was formed in 1824 from parts of Giles, Tazewell, Cabell, and Kanawha counties.[3] It is named for Chief Logan, famous Native American chief of the Mingo tribe.

Logan County comprises the Logan, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Charleston-Huntington-Ashland, WV-OH-KY Combined Statistical Area.

In 1921 it was the location of the Battle of Blair Mountain, one of the largest armed uprisings in U.S. history. More recently, the Buffalo Creek Flood of February 26, 1972, killed 125 people when a coal slurry dam burst under the pressure of heavy rains, releasing over 100,000,000 US gallons (380,000,000 L) of waste and water in a 30-foot (9.1 m) wave onto the valley below. The communities of Lorado and Lundale were destroyed and 14 other communities heavily damaged, including Saunders, Amherstdale, Crites, and Latrobe.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 456 square miles (1,180 km2), of which 454 square miles (1,180 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18303,680
18404,30917.1%
18503,620−16.0%
18604,93836.4%
18705,1243.8%
18807,32943.0%
189011,10151.5%
19006,955−37.3%
191014,476108.1%
192041,006183.3%
193058,53442.7%
194067,76815.8%
195077,39114.2%
196061,570−20.4%
197046,269−24.9%
198050,6799.5%
199043,032−15.1%
200037,710−12.4%
201036,743−2.6%
Est. 201335,987−2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 37,710 people, 14,880 households, and 10,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 16,807 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.33% White, 2.59% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,880 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household had 2 La-Z-Boy recliners, one toilet, a confederate flag, and one or more pieces of broken machinery in the front lawn.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,603, and the median income for a family was $29,072. Males had a median income of $31,515 versus $20,212 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,102. About 20.80% of families and 24.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.60% of those under age 18 and 14.40% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvcounties.html
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 37°50′N 81°56′W / 37.83°N 81.94°W / 37.83; -81.94