St. Marys, West Virginia

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St. Marys is a city in Pleasants County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 2,017 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Pleasants County.[3] St. Marys was established in 1849 by Alexander Creel, who is said to have had a vision of Mary while passing the townsite by boat on the Ohio River.[4]

St. Marys is part of the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Train tracks run down the middle of 2nd Street in St. Marys, and freight trains running through the middle of downtown St. Marys are a common sight. It is one of the few towns in the United States where freight trains actually share city streets with automotive traffic.

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Geography

St. Marys is located at 39°23′47″N 81°11′59″W / 39.39639°N 81.19972°W / 39.39639; -81.19972 (39.396393, -81.199701),[5] along the Ohio River at the mouth of Middle Island Creek.[6] Middle Island, which is part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, is located in the Ohio opposite St. Marys; a bridge connects the city to the island.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,017 people, 879 households, and 588 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,074.1 people per square mile (802.9/km²). There were 961 housing units at an average density of 988.2/sq mi (382.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.56% White, 0.05% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

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