Reedsville, West Virginia

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Reedsville is a town in Preston County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 517 at the 2000 census.

Reedsville was named for James Reed, who moved to the area in 1827 and owned land covering most of the future townsite. The first house in the community was built in 1855, and the town was named in 1856.[3] Reedsville was incorporated in 1906.[4]



Reedsville is located at 39°30′29″N 79°48′4″W / 39.50806°N 79.80111°W / 39.50806; -79.80111 (39.508114, -79.801189)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 km² (0.6 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 517 people, 205 households, and 152 families residing in the town. The population density was 307.1/km² (798.6/mi²). There were 230 housing units at an average density of 136.6/km² (355.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 205 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,273, and the median income for a family was $34,219. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,332. About 15.7% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

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