Sand Fork, West Virginia

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Sand Fork is a town in Gilmer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 176 at the 2000 census. It is located along the Little Kanawha River, at the mouth of a creek named Sand Fork.[3]

Sand Fork was incorporated in 1903 as Layopolis, named for William R. Lay, an employee of the Eureka Pipe Line Company, which operated in oil fields in the area. Prior to 1983, the town was known as Layopolis, while its post office was known as Sand Fork. The town's name was changed to Sand Fork by the results of an election in 1983.[4][5]


Sand Fork is located at 38°54′49″N 80°45′00″W / 38.913684°N 80.749976°W / 38.913684; -80.749976Coordinates: 38°54′49″N 80°45′00″W / 38.913684°N 80.749976°W / 38.913684; -80.749976 (38.913684, -80.749976)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 176 people, 68 households, and 51 families residing in the town. The population density was 194.2/km² (501.1/mi²). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 90.5/km² (233.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.30% White, and 1.70% from two or more races.

There were 68 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,179, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,223. About 17.2% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 26.1% of those sixty five or over.

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