Hinton, West Virginia

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Hinton is a city in Summers County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,880 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Summers County[3]. Hinton was established in 1873 and chartered in 1897. Hinton was named for John "Jack" Hinton, a prominent lawyer of Summers County and husband of Avis Gwinn Hinton, who owned the land upon which the city of Hinton is located. Hinton's complete downtown was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. There are several museums in Hinton, including the Veterans Memorial Museum, the Hinton Railroad Museum, and King's Civil War Museum. The City of Hinton is currently restoring the CSX passenger depot and the Freight Depot to be used as possible tourist draws in the future. City of Hinton Parks and recreation department is also constructing the first public swimming pool in town.



Hinton is located at 37°40′1″N 80°53′12″W / 37.66694°N 80.88667°W / 37.66694; -80.88667 (37.667011, -80.886759)[4]. It is situated along the New River just north of its confluence with the Greenbrier River. Lake Bluestone is located near Hinton.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.9 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (24.26%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,880 people, 1,357 households, and 755 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,244.5 people per square mile (481.4/km²). There were 1,595 housing units at an average density of 689.2/sq mi (266.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.43% White, 5.49% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

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