Handley, West Virginia

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Handley is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 341 as of 2007. Handley was first established in 1877 and known as Upper Creek until July 29, 1881, when its name was changed to Handley for pioneer settlers who farmed the area. Handley has the distinction of bearing a name like no other town in the United States. The town was incorporated November 1972.

Handley is located in the Upper Kanawha Valley on the south side of the Kanawha River on West Virginia Route 61, along the Baltimore & Ohio and Chesapeake & Ohio Railways. Railroad yards moved here from nearby Montgomery in 1899. Trains and barges hauled coal for the Chesapeake Mining Company until deposits were removed from the town and surrounding hills.



Handley is located at 38°11′12″N 81°21′50″W / 38.18667°N 81.36389°W / 38.18667; -81.36389 (38.186707, -81.363904)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²). 2.5 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (2.06%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2007, there were 341 people in the town. The population density was 147.1/km² (380.2/mi²). There were 171 housing units at an average density of 69.5/km² (179.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.8% White, 8.6% African American, 1.1% Native American, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 147 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.81.

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