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Doddridge County, West Virginia

The Doddridge County Courthouse in West Union
The Doddridge County Courthouse in West Union
Doddridge County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,202.[1] Its county seat is West Union. Doddridge County was created in 1845 from parts of Harrison, Tyler, Ritchie, and Lewis Counties, and named for Philip Doddridge (1773 1832), a distinguished statesman of Western Virginia, who spent the greater part of his life in Brooke County, West Virginia.

Doddridge County is part of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which 0.02% is water.

Major highways

  • U.S. Highway 50
  • West Virginia Route 18
  • West Virginia Route 23

Adjacent counties

  • Wetzel County (north)
  • Harrison County (east)
  • Lewis County (southeast)
  • Gilmer County (south)
  • Ritchie County (west)
  • Tyler County (northwest)

History

James Caldwell, the first known landowner in what was to become Doddridge County, owned 20,000 acres in the area sometime prior to 1787.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,403 people, 2,845 households, and 2,102 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km ). There were 3,661 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km ). The racial makeup of the county was 98.31% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,845 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,744, and the median income for a family was $30,502. Males had a median income of $26,902 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,507. About 15.30% of families and 19.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.00% of those under age 18 and 13.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Town

  • West Union

Other communities

  • Center Point
  • New Milton
  • Smithburg
  • Ashley

Notable natives and residents

  • Matthew M. Neely, only West Virginian to serve in both houses of the United States Congress and as Governor.
  • J. H. Diss DeBar, designed the Great Seal and Coat of Arms of West Virginia.
  • Bantz J. Craddock, four-star U.S. Army general.
  • Ephraim Bee, founder of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
  • Lewis Maxwell (1790 - 1862), U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Susan Friend Sheppard, author of metaphysical books, television personality ("Scariest Places on Earth" and "Mystery Hunters") and founder of the Haunted Parkerburg Ghost Tours; born and raised in West Union
  • Clyde Ware, novelist (The Eden Tree) and television and motion picture director and screenwriter (No Drums, No Bugles).

See also

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Doddridge County, West Virginia
  • North Bend Rail Trail

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