- Rainelle, West Virginia
official_name = Rainelle, West Virginia
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location of Rainelle, West Virginia
area_total_km2 = 2.9
area_land_km2 = 2.9
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 1.1
area_land_sq_mi = 1.1
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1545
population_density_km2 = 541.4
population_density_sq_mi = 1402.3
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 733
elevation_ft = 2405
latd = 37 |latm = 58 |lats = 11 |latNS = N
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Rainelle is a town in Greenbrier County,
West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,545 at the 2000 census.
Rainelle was named for Thomas and John Raine, who moved there from
Pennsylvaniain 1906 to exploit one of the last large stands of virgin hardwoods in the eastern United states. Their Meadow River Lumber Companyoperated for 60 years, and at one time was the largest hardwood sawmill in the world. In 1970, the owners sold it to Georgia-PacificCorporation, which tore it down in 1975. cite | url=http://www.blueridgecountry.com/FavoriteArticles/MeadowRiver_JF05/index.html| title=Meadow River Lumber Company | publisher=Blue Ridge Country | date= January/February 2005 | accessdate=2007-08-01]
Rainelle is located at coor dms|37|58|11|N|80|46|2|W|city (37.969639, -80.767210)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.9 km²(1.1 mi²). 2.8 km² (1.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.90% is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,545 people, 696 households, and 421 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 542.3/km² (1,402.3/mi²). There were 802 housing units at an average density of 281.5/km² (727.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.22% White, 0.71% African American, 1.17% Native American, 0.13% Asian, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.
There were 696 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.78.
In the town the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 82.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $19,491, and the median income for a family was $26,528. Males had a median income of $22,000 versus $14,900 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $14,069. About 23.8% of families and 28.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.3% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.
*Rainelle has produced one
Major League Baseballplayer... Cincinnati Reds pitcher Arnold Carter. (b. March 14, 1918)
* [http://rainelletoday.com/ RainelleToday.com, serving Western Greenbrier County]
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