Raleigh County, West Virginia

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Raleigh County, founded in 1850, is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 79,220. Its county seat is Beckley.[1]



Raleigh County was formed on January 23, 1850 from portions of Fayette County.

Alfred Beckley (1802-1888) said he gave Raleigh County its name in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), the “enterprising and far-seeing patron of the earliest attempts to colonize our old Mother State of Virginia,” according to Raleigh County: West Virginia by Jim Wood.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 609 square miles (1,578 km²), of which 607 square miles (1,572 km²) is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) (0.40%) is water.

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