Wellsburg, West Virginia

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Wellsburg is a city in Brooke County, West Virginia, ZIP code 26070. It is part of the WeirtonSteubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2000 Census recorded a population of 2,891, down from a count of 3,385 in the 1990 Census. The town was named for Alexander Wells, son-in-law of Charles Prather, builder of the first large flour warehouse in the east. The town was laid out in 1790, and its post office was opened on September 1, 1870. It is the county seat of Brooke County[3].

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Geography

Wellsburg is located at 40°16′39″N 80°36′34″W / 40.2775°N 80.60944°W / 40.2775; -80.60944 (40.277370, -80.609349)[4], along the Ohio River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (3.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (33.09%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,891 people, 1,361 households, and 815 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,104.0 people per square mile (1,200.2/km²). There were 1,493 housing units at an average density of 1,603.0/sq mi (619.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.68% White, 2.01% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 1,361 households out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.78.

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