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Rowlesburg, West Virginia

Rowlesburg, West Virginia
Town
Location in Preston County and the state of West Virginia.
Location in Preston County and the state of West Virginia.
Coordinates:
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Preston
Area[1]
 • Total 1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation 1,385 ft (422 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 584
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 587
 • Density 578.2/sq mi (223.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 26425
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-70588[4]
GNIS feature ID 1552749[5]

Rowlesburg is a town and former coal town in Preston County, West Virginia, United States, along the Cheat River. The population was 584 at the 2010 census.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Rowlesburg was incorporated as a town in 1858. It was named for Thomas Rowle, a railroad engineer.[6]

The Downtown Rowlesburg Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[7]

Geography

Rowlesburg is located at (39.350119, -79.672892).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.10 square miles (2.85 km2), of which 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.[1]

Climate

The climate in this area displays significant differences between summer average high temperatures and winter average lows; adequate precipitation falls year round. In winter months, precipitation is often in the form of snow or sleet. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rowlesburg has a continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[9]

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 584 people, 255 households, and 163 families residing in the town. The population density was 578.2 inhabitants per square mile (223.2/km2). There were 304 housing units at an average density of 301.0 per square mile (116.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.5% White, 0.2% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races.

There were 255 households of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the town was 48 years. 18.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.4% were from 25 to 44; 35.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 613 people, 260 households, and 164 families residing in the town. The population density was 582.0 inhabitants per square mile (225.4/km²). There were 304 housing units at an average density of 288.6 per square mile (111.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.53% White, 0.16% African American, 0.33% Asian, and 0.98% from two or more races.

There were 260 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $32,813. Males had a median income of $25,962 versus $12,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,663. About 7.6% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ Morton, Oren Frederic; Cole, J. R. (1914). A History of Preston County, West Virginia. Journal Publishing Company. p. 263. 
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Rowlesburg, West Virginia
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

  • Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee website
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