Paw Paw, West Virginia

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Paw Paw is a town in Morgan County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 524 at the 2000 census. The town is known for the nearby Paw Paw Tunnel. Paw Paw was incorporated by the Circuit Court of Morgan County on April 8, 1891 and named for the pawpaw, a wild fruit which formerly grew in abundance throughout this region. Paw Paw is the westernmost incorporated community in the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Paw Paw is located at 39°31′52″N 78°27′25″W / 39.53111°N 78.45694°W / 39.53111; -78.45694 (39.531140, -78.456920)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 km2 (0.50 sq mi), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 524 people, 224 households, and 144 families residing in the town. The population density was 389.1/km² (999.4/mi²). There were 249 housing units at an average density of 184.9/km² (474.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.50% White, 7.63% African American, 2.29% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.44% of the population.

There were 224 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

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