Braxton County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Braxton County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Seat Sutton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

516 sq mi (1,336 km²)

3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.52%
 - (2000)
 - Density

28/sq mi (11/km²)

The Braxton County Courthouse in Sutton in 2007

Braxton County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of West Virginia. By the 2000 census its population reached 14,702. Braxton County was formed in 1836 from parts of Lewis, Kanawha, and Nicholas Counties and named for Carter Braxton, a Virginia statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The county seat is Sutton. The center of population of West Virginia is located in Braxton County, in the town of Gassaway [1].

Important salt works were formerly located at Bulltown and here, in 1772, Captain Bull and his family and friendly Delaware Indians were massacred by frontiersman.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,337 km² (516 sq mi). 1,330 km² (513 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.52%) is water.

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In 1950 Braxton County had 18,082 people living there.

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,702 people, 5,771 households, and 4,097 families residing in the county. The population density was 11/km² (29/sq mi). There were 7,374 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (14/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.02% White, 0.69% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,771 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,412, and the median income for a family was $29,133. Males had a median income of $27,560 versus $17,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,349. About 17.90% of families and 22.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.90% of those under age 18 and 13.70% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 38°42′N 80°44′W / 38.70, -80.73

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