Elizabeth, West Virginia

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Elizabeth is a town in Wirt County, West Virginia along the Little Kanawha River.[3] The population was 994 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wirt County[4]. The townsite of Elizabeth was settled by William Beauchamp in 1796, and was known as "Beauchamp's Mills" until 1817, when it was named for Elizabeth Woodyard, the wife of David Beauchamp.[5] Elizabeth was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1822.[6]


Elizabeth is located at 39°3′46″N 81°23′44″W / 39.06278°N 81.39556°W / 39.06278; -81.39556 (39.062852, -81.395529)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 km² (0.5 mi²). 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (11.32%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 994 people, 408 households, and 261 families residing in the town. The population density was 799.6/km² (2,091.3/mi²). There were 466 housing units at an average density of 374.8/km² (980.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.20% White, 0.10% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.30% from other races, and 0.20% from two or more races.

There were 408 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,114, and the median income for a family was $30,104. Males had a median income of $24,306 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,704. About 20.2% of families and 23.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.

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