Friendly, West Virginia

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Friendly is a town in Tyler County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 159 at the 2000 census. The town was likely named for Friend Cochrane Williamson, the grandson of Thomas Williamson, an early settler on the townsite.[3] Friendly was incorporated in 1898.[4]

It is the setting of the novel Shiloh.



Friendly is located at 39°30′54″N 81°3′40″W / 39.515°N 81.06111°W / 39.515; -81.06111 (39.514888, -81.061011),[5] along the Ohio River.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 159 people, 62 households, and 47 families residing in the town. The population density was 613.9/km² (1,664.3/mi²). There were 70 housing units at an average density of 270.3/km² (732.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 62 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,571, and the median income for a family was $34,821. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,386. About 13.2% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 26.7% of those sixty five or over.

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