Ridgeley, West Virginia

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Ridgeley is a town in Mineral County, West Virginia, United States, and part of the Cumberland Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 762 at the 2000 census.

Ridgeley was initially known as St. Clairsville, Named for Sir John St Clair, Lt Colonel and Quartermaster General for General Edward Braddock. St Clair accompanied Braddock on his ill-fated march on Fort Duquesne and his disastrous defeat on July 9, 1755 (Gary Clites Sr., author of Ridgeley and Carpendale West Virginia from 1750 a History. Published 2008). It was incorporated as Ridgeley on November 28, 1914, named for the former owners of the land upon which the town was built.[3]

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Geography

Ridgeley is located at 39°38′35″N 78°46′9″W / 39.64306°N 78.76917°W / 39.64306; -78.76917 (39.643187, -78.769189),[4] along the North Branch Potomac River, opposite Cumberland, Maryland.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²). 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (6.90%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 762 people, 323 households, and 202 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,089.7/km² (2,809.5/mi²). There were 379 housing units at an average density of 542.0/km² (1,397.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.08% White, 0.52% African American, 0.13% Native American, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.49% of the population.

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