Grantsville, West Virginia

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Grantsville is a town in Calhoun County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 565 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Calhoun County[3]. The town was established along the Little Kanawha River[4] in 1865 and named for Ulysses S. Grant.[5] Grantsville is home to Wayne Underwood Park, which includes a .25 mile long walking trail, and to the annual West Virginia Wood Festival.



Grantsville is located at 38°55′23″N 81°5′42″W / 38.92306°N 81.095°W / 38.92306; -81.095 (38.922921, -81.094920)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 565 people, 232 households, and 142 families residing in the town. The population density was 474.2/km² (1,241.1/mi²). There were 276 housing units at an average density of 231.7/km² (606.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.65% White, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 232 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,111, and the median income for a family was $34,286. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $15,192 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,501. About 19.3% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

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