|Wirt County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
235 sq mi (609 km²)
233 sq mi (603 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.79%
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Wirt County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 5,873. Its county seat is Elizabeth6. Wirt County is included in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, West Virginia-Ohio (part) Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is serviced by one high school, Wirt County High School.
- northwest - Wood County
- northeast - Ritchie County
- southeast - Calhoun County
- south - Roane County
- southwest - Jackson County.
As of the census2 of 2000, there were 5,873 people, 2,284 households, and 1,699 families residing in the county. The population density was 10/km² (25/sq mi). There were 3,266 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (14/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.55% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,284 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.60% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% 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 2.97.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,748, and the median income for a family was $33,872. Males had a median income of $29,088 versus $17,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,000. About 17.00% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.
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