Bayard, West Virginia

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Bayard is a town in Grant County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 299 at the 2000 census. Bayard was incorporated in 1893 and named in honor of Thomas F. Bayard, Jr., who later became a United States Senator from Delaware (1923–1929). Bayard was founded on the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railroad as a coal mining community. Coal mining has remained the town's chief industry.



Bayard is located at 39°16′19″N 79°21′54″W / 39.27194°N 79.365°W / 39.27194; -79.365 (39.272062, -79.365043)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 299 people, 141 households, and 93 families residing in the town. The population density was 372.4/km² (949.2/mi²). There were 172 housing units at an average density of 214.2/km² (546.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.66% White, 0.67% African American, 2.01% Native American, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 141 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the town the population was spread out with 16.4% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,156, and the median income for a family was $31,750. Males had a median income of $30,313 versus $14,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,882. About 7.2% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 5.3% of those sixty five or over.

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