Moorefield, West Virginia

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Moorefield is a town in Hardy County, West Virginia, USA. Moorefield is the county seat of Hardy County. It was originally chartered in 1777 and named for Conrad Moore, who owned the land upon which the town was laid out. Moorefield is located at the confluence of the South Branch Potomac River and the South Fork South Branch Potomac River.


Moorefield is located at 39°3′47″N 78°57′57″W / 39.06306°N 78.96583°W / 39.06306; -78.96583 (39.062999, -78.965922)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 km² (1.6 mi²). 4.2 km² (1.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (1.21%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,375 people, 1,101 households, and 626 families residing in the town. The population density was 562.6/km² (1,457.2/mi²). There were 1,193 housing units at an average density of 282.6/km² (732.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.45% White, 6.27% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 1,101 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,178, and the median income for a family was $28,919. Males had a median income of $24,423 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,704. About 19.8% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 24.4% of those age 65 or over.

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