- Lincoln County, West Virginia
Infobox U.S. County
county = Lincoln County
state = West Virginia
map size = 225
founded = 1867
seat = Hamlin | area_total_sq_mi =439
area percentage = 0.26%
census yr = 2000
pop = 22108
web = www.co.lincoln.wv.us
Lincoln County is located in the
U.S. stateof West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 22,108. Its county seatis HamlinGR|6. Lincoln County was created by an act of the West Virginia Legislatureon February 23, 1867, from parts of Boone, Cabell, Kanawha and Putnam counties. The county was named for Abraham Lincoln. After the American Civil War, there was an effort by former Confederates to rename the area "Davis County" after Jefferson Davis, but effort proved fruitless.Fact|date=May 2007
Jesse, John, David, William and Moses McComas were the first English settlers in Lincoln County. They cultivated 20 acres of corn, the first ever grown in the area, in 1799. Later that year, they returned to
Virginiato get their families. Their families were initially left behind because it was not known if there were any Indians in the area, or if the soil would be suitable for cultivation. John Lucas, William Hinch, and John Johnson soon joined the McComas' in the county. They built cabins in the county around 1800.
Lincoln County is part of the Charleston, WV metropolitan area, with a 2006
Censuspopulation estimate of 305,526 people.
Lincoln County is the birthplace of U.S. Brigadier General Charles "Chuck" Yeager. The first man to break the sound barrier in 1948.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 439
square miles (1,136 km²), of which, 437 square miles (1,133 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) of it (0.26%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 22,108 people, 8,664 households, and 6,532 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 50 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 9,846 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.04% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 8,664 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $22,662, and the median income for a family was $28,297. Males had a median income of $30,810 versus $18,270 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $13,073. About 22.80% of families and 27.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.60% of those under age 18 and 20.80% of those age 65 or over.
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