Junior, West Virginia

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Junior is a town in Barbour County, West Virginia in the USA, along the Tygart Valley River. The population was 450 at the 2000 census.



Junior is located at 38°58′39″N 79°57′1″W / 38.9775°N 79.95028°W / 38.9775; -79.95028 (38.977379, -79.950300)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²). 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (6.25%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 450 people, 178 households, and 134 families residing in the town. The population density was 579.2/km² (1,510.8/mi²). There were 202 housing units at an average density of 260.0/km² (678.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.89% White, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

There were 178 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,536, and the median income for a family was $26,250. Males had a median income of $21,875 versus $15,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,279. About 20.3% of families and 24.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.8% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.


Junior, West Virginia was originally known as Row Town, Virginia. It was named after Golden Franklin Row's grandfather. In the late 19th century, Henry Gassaway Davis, at the time a U.S. Senator, founded the Junior Coal Company and named it after his son, Henry Gassaway Davis, Jr. After Davis' son drowned off the coast of Africa in 1897, the elder Davis asked that the town name be changed in memory of his son.

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