Summersville, West Virginia

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Summersville is a town in Nicholas County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 3,194 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Nicholas County[3].



Summersville is located at 38°17′0″N 80°50′39″W / 38.283333°N 80.84417°W / 38.283333; -80.84417 (38.283342, -80.844207)[4]. It is located just north of the Gauley River which is famous for its challenging whitewater. The river is impounded by a large dam which creates Summersville Lake, creating flatwater recreation as well.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.0 km² (4.3 mi²). 11.0 km² (4.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.23% is water.

Summersville is home to the annual Potato Festival.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,294 people, 1,476 households, and 890 families residing in the town. The population density was 299.3/km² (775.4/mi²). There were 1,598 housing units at an average density of 145.2/km² (376.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.06% White, 0.06% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 1,476 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.87.

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