War, West Virginia

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War is a city in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 788 at the 2000 census. War was incorporated in 1920 by the Circuit Court of McDowell County. Its name is derived from War Creek, whose confluence with Dry Fork is located within the city. Legend has it that War Creek was in turn named by the local Native Americans about 1788 because of a battle which occurred near the source of the creek. War is the only place in the United States with this name. War was formerly known as Miner's City. It is well known for being a setting in the movie "October Sky" as writer Homer Hickam is a Big Creek High School alumni.



War is located at 37°18′4″N 81°41′3″W / 37.30111°N 81.68417°W / 37.30111; -81.68417 (37.301140, −81.684031)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square mile (2.4 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 788 people, 331 households, and 225 families residing in the city. The population density was 870.6 people per square mile (334.3/km²). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 428.7/sq mi (164.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.67% White, 4.57% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.38% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 331 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

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