New Cumberland, West Virginia

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New Cumberland is a city in Hancock County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. The industrial activities of the past involved the manufacture of fire and paving brick, sewer pipe, glassware, foundry and machine-shop products, and tiling. There were also coal mines and mills for the pulverization of fire clay for use in ironworks. It is part of the WeirtonSteubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1900, 2,198 people lived in New Cumberland, West Virginia; in 1910, 1,807. The population was 1,099 as of the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hancock County[3].

In December of 2010, an explosion and fire at the area's AL Solutions chemical plant, that manufactures chemicals related to aluminum, killed two workers and injured two others, one critically- fortunately, no evacuations were necessary as the surrounding area was judged safe. The plant had a similar incident earlier, in 2006, that killed one.



New Cumberland is located at 40°29′57″N 80°36′29″W / 40.49917°N 80.60806°W / 40.49917; -80.60806 (40.499146, -80.607960)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (34.76%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,099 people, 513 households, and 286 families residing in the city. The population density was 897.6 people per square mile (347.8/km²). There were 568 housing units at an average density of 463.9/sq mi (179.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.27% White, 0.27% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 513 households out of which 20.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.1% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.85.

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