Winfield, West Virginia

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Winfield is a town in Putnam County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 1,858 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Putnam County[3].

Winfield was established on a 400 acre (1.6 km²) tract of land owned by Charles Brown. He established a ferry across the river in 1818. The first meeting of the county court was held at the home of Talleyrand P. Brown, in Winfield, on May 22, 1848. The town was incorporated on February 21, 1868 and named in honor of General Winfield Scott, the commanding General of the American Army during the War with Mexico.



Winfield is located at 38°32′4″N 81°53′32″W / 38.53444°N 81.89222°W / 38.53444; -81.89222 (38.534455, -81.892206)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.0 km² (2.7 mi²). 6.9 km² (2.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (1.11%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,858 people, 736 households, and 563 families residing in the town. The population density was 268.7/km² (694.6/mi²). There were 777 housing units at an average density of 112.4/km² (290.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.19% White, 0.22% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.22% Asian, and 0.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 736 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.92.

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