Bramwell, West Virginia

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Bramwell is a town in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States, along the Bluestone River. The population was 426 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578.



Bramwell is located at 37°19′32″N 81°18′45″W / 37.32556°N 81.3125°W / 37.32556; -81.3125 (37.325425, -81.312474)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 km² (0.6 mi²), all land.


In the 1880s the region around Bramwell,WV began to rapidly grow as a coal mining center with several coal camps operating in the area. The town of Bramwell, WV was officially established in 1888. It was named after J.H. Bramwell, a civil engineer. In the late 1800s the town acquired some notoriety for having the largest number of millionaires per capita in the US. Numerous large homes were built in the town by wealthy coal operators.

In 1910 part of the downtown area was destroyed by a major fire.

In 1984 the town was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the US Dept. of the Interior.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 426 people, 189 households, and 120 families residing in the town. The population density was 274.1/km² (712.5/mi²). There were 237 housing units at an average density of 152.5/km² (396.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.67% White, 9.86% African American, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 189 households out of which 16.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.88.

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