Auburn, West Virginia

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Auburn is a town in Ritchie County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 103 at the 2000 census.



Auburn is located at 39°5′44″N 80°51′24″W / 39.09556°N 80.85667°W / 39.09556; -80.85667 (39.095430, -80.856538)[3] , in the east south-east corner of Ritchie County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 103 people, 41 households, and 31 families residing in the town. The population density was 119.2/km² (308.0/mi²). There were 48 housing units at an average density of 56.2/km² (143.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.03% White and 0.97% Asian.

There were 40 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 114.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,063, and the median income for a family was $19,375. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,548. There were 32.4% of families and 34.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 52.4% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Approximately 25% of the population reports German ancestry, 13% English, 9% Irish, 1% Canadian and 1% Japanese.

The religious makeup of the community is predominately Christian, with Baptist, Church of God, Methodist, and Jehovah's Witness forming the majority of the church going population.

Notable residents

  • Stephen McCormick, (1784–1875), born in Auburn, noted inventor and manufacturer, introduced cast-iron plow to America. At that time, West Virginia had not succeeded from Virginia.[4]
  • Jerry W.White - (1972- ) enlisted in the US Army , Served in Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 2) and OIF 7, Graduate of West Virginia State University RBA, He continues to serve with the West Virginia National Guard as a Staff Sargent. He resides in Cross Lanes with his wife Tracy, sons Nathan, Connor and Bailey.

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