McMechen, West Virginia

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McMechen is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,937 at the 2000 census.

McMechen is named after William McMechen (1724 - 1797) and his family, who settled on the land in the early 1770s. William's son, Benjamin McMechen (1777 - 1855), is the namesake of the neighboring city of Benwood.



McMechen is located at 39°59′14″N 80°43′53″W / 39.98722°N 80.73139°W / 39.98722; -80.73139 (39.987201, -80.731348)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (30.95%) is water.

McMechen also has a small skatepark (built by local skateboarders) local residents like to call "The Pool".


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,937 people, 865 households, and 559 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,352.4 people per square mile (1,289.4/km²). There were 953 housing units at an average density of 1,649.4/sq mi (634.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.55% White, 0.36% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 865 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

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