Pineville, West Virginia

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Pineville is a town in Wyoming County, West Virginia, along the Guyandotte River. The population was 715 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wyoming County[3]. Pineville was settled by William Short in 1853. It was named because it was built on the site of a black or pitch pine forest. In 1917, Pineville was incorporated as a town.

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Geography

Pineville is located at 37°34′59″N 81°32′7″W / 37.58306°N 81.53528°W / 37.58306; -81.53528 (37.582925, -81.535302)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²), all land.

Many subdivisions or outer areas are considered part of Pineville, including Key Rock, New Richmond, Skin Fork, Mullensville, Glover, Wolf Pen, Rock View, and others, but the town limits are much smaller than the area considered part of Pineville. Unique in the county school system, Pineville's secondary school had no feeder schools. Only after the county's population declined sharply in the 1990s did consolidation and closure of the Glen Rogers High School cause students who attended elementary school outside of Pineville to attend middle or high school in Pineville. Further consolidation ended the town's high school, which was consolidated with Mullens High School to form Wyoming East High School. Students from the catchement areas of the former Herndon, Glen Rogers, Mullens, and Pineville High Schools attend this high school. Needless to say, the children spend quite a bit of time on buses on mountainous, rural roads.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 715 people, 334 households, and 219 families residing in the town. The population density was 349.4/km² (908.7/mi²). There were 377 housing units at an average density of 184.3/km² (479.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.74% White, 0.70% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.28% Asian, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.14% of the population.

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