Chesapeake, West Virginia

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Chesapeake is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,643 at the 2000 census. Chesapeake was incorporated in 1949 and named for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway which has serviced the community since 1873. The town is situated on the Kanawha River. It is also the hometown of NFL player Chris Massey, long snapper for the St. Louis Rams.[3] The current mayor of Chesapeake is Damon Bradshaw.[4]


Chesapeake is located at 38°13′21″N 81°32′10″W / 38.2225°N 81.53611°W / 38.2225; -81.53611 (38.222541, -81.536042)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 km² (0.6 mi²). 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (27.69%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,643 people, 750 households, and 480 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,349.7/km² (3,487.3/mi²). There were 851 housing units at an average density of 699.1/km² (1,806.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.19% White, 10.04% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 750 households out of which 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,526, and the median income for a family was $35,703. Males had a median income of $30,588 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,307. About 14.3% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.9% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

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