Monongalia County, West Virginia

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Monongalia County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia and is part of the Pittsburgh Tri-State. As of 2000, the population was 81,866. Its county seat is at Morgantown[1]. The county is included in the Morgantown, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the largest county in North-Central West Virginia.

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History

Formed in 1776, the county takes its name from the Monongahela River. The name Monongalia may be a misspelling of Monongahela. Alternatively, the conventional Latinate ending "-ia" (designating "land of..." or "country of..." — as in Arabia, Bolivia or Columbia) may have been added to Monongahela (i.e., "Land of the Monongahela").

Monongalia County History

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 366 square miles (948 km²), of which 361 square miles (935 km²) is land and 5 square miles (12 km²) (1.29%) is water.

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