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Doddridge County, West Virginia

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Doddridge County, West Virginia
Doddridge County Courthouse.jpg
The Doddridge County Courthouse in West Union
Map of West Virginia highlighting Doddridge County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia’s location in the U.S.
Founded 1845
Named for Philip Doddridge
Seat West Union
Largest town West Union
 • Total 320 sq mi (829 km2)
 • Land 320 sq mi (829 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
 • (2010) 8,202
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone EasternUTC-5/-4

Doddridge County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia.




As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,202.[1]


Its county seat is West Union.[2] Doddridge County was created in 1845 from parts of HarrisonTylerRitchie, and Lewis Counties, and named for Philip Doddridge (1773–1832), a distinguished statesman of Western Virginia,[3]who spent the greater part of his life in Brooke County, West Virginia.

Doddridge County is part of the Clarksburg, WV micropolitan area.


James Caldwell, the first known landowner in what was to become Doddridge County, owned 20,000 acres in the area sometime prior to 1787. Doddridge County was created in 1845 from parts of HarrisonTylerRitchie, and LewisCounties, and named for Philip Doddridge (1773–1832), a distinguishedstatesman of western Virginia,[4] who actually spent the greater part of his life in Brooke County.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 320.5 square miles (830.1 km2), of which 319.7 square miles (828.0 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

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Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 2,750
1860 5,203 89.2%
1870 7,076 36.0%
1880 10,552 49.1%
1890 12,183 15.5%
1900 13,689 12.4%
1910 12,672 −7.4%
1920 11,976 −5.5%
1930 10,488 −12.4%
1940 10,923 4.1%
1950 9,026 −17.4%
1960 6,970 −22.8%
1970 6,389 −8.3%
1980 7,433 16.3%
1990 6,994 −5.9%
2000 7,403 5.8%
2010 8,202 10.8%
Est. 2012 8,178 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 7,403 people, 2,845 households, and 2,102 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 3,661 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.31% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,845 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% 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 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,744, and the median income for a family was $30,502. Males had a median income of $26,902 versus $20,250 for females. Theper capita income for the county was $13,507. About 15.30% of families and 19.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.00% of those under age 18 and 13.60% of those age 65 or over.



Below is partial listing of known unincorporated communities within Doddridge County. A complete listing is available here

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Notable natives and residents[edit]

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  1. Jump up to:a b “State & County QuickFacts”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. Jump up^ “Find a County”. National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
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  5. Jump up^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. Jump up^ “U.S. Decennial Census”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  7. Jump up^ “Historical Census Browser”. University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  8. Jump up^ “Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  9. Jump up^ “Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  10. Jump up^ “American FactFinder”United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.

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Tyler County Wetzel County
Ritchie County Harrison County
  Doddridge County, West Virginia
Gilmer County Lewis County

Municipalities and communities of Doddridge County, West Virginia, United States

Coordinates39.26°N 80.70°W