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Ritchie County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Ritchie 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 1843
Seat Harrisville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

454 sq mi (1,176 km²)

0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.02%
 - (2000)
 - Density

23/sq mi (9/km²)

Ritchie County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 10,343. Its county seat is Harrisville6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,175 km² (454 sq mi). 1,175 km² (454 sq mi) of it is land and 0 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.02%) is water.

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The Ritchie County Courthouse in Harrisville in 2007

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 10,343 people, 4,184 households, and 2,999 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (23/sq mi). There were 5,513 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (12/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.68% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,184 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,332, and the median income for a family was $34,809. Males had a median income of $28,147 versus $18,149 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,175. About 14.30% of families and 19.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.60% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 39°11′N 81°04′W / 39.18, -81.07

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