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Clay County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Clay 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 1858
Seat Clay
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

344 sq mi (891 km²)

1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.41%
 - (2000)
 - Density

31/sq mi (12/km²)

The Clay County Courthouse in Clay in 2007

Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century. As of 2000, the population is 10,330. Its county seat is Clay6.

Clay County is part of the Charleston metropolitan area, which was estimated to have a population of 307,763 people in 2004.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 890 km² (344 sq mi). 887 km² (342 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.41%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 10,330 people, 4,020 households, and 2,942 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (30/sq mi). There were 4,836 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (14/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,020 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,120, and the median income for a family was $27,137. Males had a median income of $30,161 versus $16,642 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,021. About 24.40% of families and 27.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.00% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 38°28′N 81°04′W / 38.46, -81.07

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