Sutton, West Virginia

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Sutton is a town in Braxton County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 1,011 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Braxton County[3].



Sutton is located at 38°39′52″N 80°42′37″W / 38.66444°N 80.71028°W / 38.66444; -80.71028 (38.664437, -80.710172),[4] along the Elk River.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 km² (0.8 mi²), all land.

The Sutton Lake project was authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1938. Construction began in October 1949, but was interrupted by the Korean War. Work restarted in 1956 and in the dam was finally completed in 1961. The Dam and lake provide opportunities for boating, picnicing, playgrounds, camping and pavilions available for rent. A handicap-access fishing area was also recently constructed at the Sutton Dam.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,011 people, 470 households, and 283 families residing in the town. The population density was 476.0/km² (1,226.9/mi²). There were 557 housing units at an average density of 262.3/km² (675.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.82% White, 0.49% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.49% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 470 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

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