- Taylor County, West Virginia
Infobox U.S. County
county = Taylor County
state = West Virginia
map size = 225
founded = 1844
seat = Grafton | area_total_sq_mi =176
area percentage = 1.66%
census yr = 2000
pop = 16089
Taylor County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof West Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 16,089. Its county seatis GraftonGR|6. Named for Sen. John Taylor of Caroline, it was formed in 1844.
Taylor County is part of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 176
square miles (455 km²), of which, 173 square miles (448 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (1.66%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 16,089 people, 6,320 households, and 4,487 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 93 people per square mile (36/km²). There were 7,125 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.07% White, 0.83% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,320 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,124, and the median income for a family was $32,222. Males had a median income of $29,349 versus $20,116 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $13,681. About 15.30% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.00% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Incorporated cities and towns
Tygart Lake State Park
Valley Falls State Park
* [http://www.wvculture.org/history/counties/taylor.html West Virginia Archives and History references for Taylor County, West Virginia]
* [http://taylor.clark.lib.wv.us/taylorco/taylor.html Taylor County Public Library]
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