Union, West Virginia

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Union is a town in Monroe County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 548 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Monroe County[3]. Union was so named because in frontier days, the site of the town was a rendezvous for troops during the Indian Wars. It was settled by James Alexander in 1774 and originally charted in 1799. Located east of Union is Rehoboth Church, the oldest Methodist church in West Virginia.[4]



Union is located at 37°35′28″N 80°32′35″W / 37.59111°N 80.54306°W / 37.59111; -80.54306 (37.591211, -80.543022)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 km² (0.4 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 548 people, 267 households, and 148 families residing in the town. The population density was 470.2/km² (1,216.6/mi²). There were 309 housing units at an average density of 265.1/km² (686.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.16% White, 3.47% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.36% Asian, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.

There were 267 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

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