|Tucker County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
421 sq mi (1,090 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.53%
18/sq mi (7/km²)
Tucker County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 7,321. Its county seat is Parsons6. Tucker County was created in 1856 from a part of Randolph County, then part of Virginia. In 1871 a small part of Barbour County was transferred to Tucker County. The county was named after Henry St. George Tucker, a judge and Congressman from Williamsburg, Virginia.
As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,321 people, 3,052 households, and 2,121 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km² (18/sq mi). There were 4,634 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.01% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,052 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the county, the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $32,574. Males had a median income of $24,149 versus $17,642 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,349. About 14.90% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.30% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.
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Points of Interest
- Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site
- Fernow Experimental Forest U.S. Department of Agriculture web site
- Dolly Sods Wilderness U.S. Forest Service web site
- Monongahela National Forest U.S. Forest Service web site
- Maxwell, Hu, History of Tucker County, West Virginia, from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements to the Present Time; with Biographical Sketches of more than Two Hundred and Fifty of the Leading Men, and a Full Appendix of Official and Electoral History; Also, an Account of the Rivers, Forests and Caves of the County, Preston Publishing Company: Kingwood, 1884. (Reprinted by McClain Printing Company, Parsons, W.Va., 1971 and 1993.)
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