Boaz, West Virginia

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Boaz is a census-designated place (CDP) in Wood County, West Virginia, in the United States. It is part of the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the CDP population was 1,345.

The community was named in 1878 by the United States Post Office Department, which selected from three names suggested by a resident named William Johnson: "Johnson," "Ruth," and "Boaz."[3]



Boaz is located at 39°22′5″N 81°29′24″W / 39.36806°N 81.49°W / 39.36806; -81.49 (39.368194, -81.490045),[4] along the Ohio River.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (18.10%) is water.

Boaz has several unknown Indian Mounds that have been protected by the residents of Boaz since it was discovered in 1895. These mounds have yet to be excavated.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,345 people, 534 households, and 412 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 362.5 people per square mile (140.0/km²). There were 554 housing units at an average density of 149.3/sq mi (57.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.74% White, 0.52% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.07% from other races, and 0.15% from two or more races.

There were 534 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.85.

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