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Jackson County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Jackson 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 1831
Seat Ripley
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

466 sq mi (1,207 km²)

1 sq mi (3 km²), 1.23%
 - (2000)
 - Density

60/sq mi (23/km²)

The Jackson County Courthouse in Ripley in 2007

Jackson County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 28,000. Its county seat is Ripley6 and its largest municipality is Ravenswood. Jackson County was formed in 1831 from parts of Kanawha, Wood, and Mason Counties, and named for Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,221 km² (472 sq mi). 1,206 km² (466 sq mi) of it is land and 15 km² (6 sq mi) of it (1.23%) is water. The Ohio River forms part of Jackson County's western border. Sandy Creek and Mill Creek, tributaries of the Ohio, flow through the northern and central portions of the county.[1]

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As of the census² of 2000, there were 28,000 people, 11,061 households, and 8,207 families residing in the county. The population density was 23/km² (60/sq mi). There were 12,245 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (26/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.75% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,061 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.60% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,434, and the median income for a family was $38,021. Males had a median income of $32,991 versus $20,253 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,205. About 12.20% of families and 15.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.60% of those under age 18 and 9.00% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ {{cite book| title= West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer |year=1997 |publisher= DeLorme

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Coordinates: 38°50′N 81°40′W / 38.83, -81.67

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