Whitesville, West Virginia

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Whitesville is a town in Boone County, West Virginia, United States, along the Big Coal River. The population was 520 at the 2000 census. Whitesville was incorporated on August 15, 1935 by the Boone County Circuit Court. It is named for B. W. White, a prominent early settler in the area. Whitesville was formerly known as Jarrold's Valley and Pritchard City.


Whitesville is located at 37°58′53″N 81°32′03″W / 37.981297°N 81.534055°W / 37.981297; -81.534055 (37.981297, -81.534055).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 km2 (0.4 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 520 people, 255 households, and 139 families residing in the town. The population density was 478.0/km2 (1,244.7/mi2). There were 346 housing units at an average density of 318.1/km2 (828.2/mi2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.23% White, 0.19% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 255 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.1% were non-families. 42.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,250, and the median income for a family was $31,500. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $15,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,217. About 23.1% of families and 29.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.2% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.



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