Glasgow, West Virginia

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Glasgow is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA, along the Kanawha River. The population was 783 at the 2000 census. Glasgow was incorporated on June 20, 1920. Folk etymology derives its name from a combination of the word "glass" with the word "company" for a glass factory that was built there many years ago, but the presence of many Scottish immigrants to this part of Appalachia, particularly from the Strathclyde region, indicates that the town was most likely named after the Scottish city of Glasgow in Strathclyde. Other Virginia and West Virginia locations named for places in Strathclyde include Dumbarton, Argyle, Loudoun County, Hamilton in Loudoun County, Lanark and Renfrew.


Glasgow is located at 38°12′46″N 81°25′27″W / 38.21278°N 81.42417°W / 38.21278; -81.42417 (38.212655, -81.424116)[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 783 people, 327 households, and 234 families residing in the town. The population density was 687.1/km² (1,774.8/mi²). There were 351 housing units at an average density of 308.0/km² (795.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.98% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 327 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

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