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|Lewis County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
390 sq mi (1,010 km²)
382 sq mi (989 km²)
8 sq mi (21 km²), 1.95%
44/sq mi (17/km²)
- Harrison County (north)
- Upshur County (east)
- Webster County (south)
- Braxton County (southwest)
- Gilmer County (west)
- Doddridge County (northwest)
As of the census2 of 2000, there were 16,919 people, 6,946 households, and 4,806 families residing in the county. The population density was 17/km² (44/sq mi). There were 7,944 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (21/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.59% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,946 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,066, and the median income for a family was $32,431. Males had a median income of $27,906 versus $18,733 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,933. 19.90% of the population and 16.30% of families were below the poverty line. 27.00% of those under the age of 18 and 11.20% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line