Sophia, West Virginia

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Sophia is an incorporated town in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. It was incorporated in 1912. The population was 1,301 at the 2000 census. Sophia was the hometown of the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

In Winter of 2006, Taylor allowed Independence High School senior Brett Hatfield to become "Mayor for the day" for his senior project. In this event, Hatfield became a fifth generation mayor of the town, as a great-great-great-great grandfather of his was the very first mayor of the town. The event was covered twice in local newspaper, The Register-Herald.[3] In his brief time in office, Hatfield created a brand new logo for the town.

The town is also home to the week long Community Gospel Nights festival, which was started in 2005. The festival is a 5 night event full of music, preaching, and prayer. The festival has been a hit since its first year. Gospel Nights was the vision of local Pastor Mark Hatfield.

In January, 2009 both Mayor Taylor and the town of Sophia were featured on the local television network WVVA. The main focus of the said media was the fact that even with the economy failing, the town of Sophia continues to strive and grow.


Sophia is located at 37°42′51″N 81°15′2″W / 37.71417°N 81.25056°W / 37.71417; -81.25056 (37.714197, -81.250659)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 km² (0.7 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,301 people, 588 households, and 386 families residing in the town. The population density was 738.7/km² (1,902.5/mi²). There were 643 housing units at an average density of 365.1/km² (940.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.62% White, 1.15% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

There were 588 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.3 males.

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