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West Virginia Counties
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West Virginia Counties

There are fifty-five counties in the state of West Virginia. Fifty of them existed at the time of the Wheeling Convention in 1861, before which West Virginia was part of the state of Virginia. The remaining five (Grant, Mineral, Lincoln, Summers and Mingo) were formed within the state after its admission to the United States on June 20, 1863. At that time, Berkeley County and Jefferson County, the two easternmost counties of West Virginia, refused to recognize their inclusion in the state. In March 1866, the US Congress passed a joint mandate assenting to their inclusion.

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West Virginia Counties: History and Information

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Forty-eight of the fifty states have operational county governments of which West Virginia is one. There are 55 Counties in West Virginia. These Counties vary greatly in size and population. They range in area from 83 to 1,040 square miles (i.e., Hancock County, WV and Randolph County, WV). Similarly, the population of counties varies tremendously from Wirt County, WV, with its 5,873 residents, to Kanawha County, WV, which is home to 200,073 people.

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County 2000
Population
Square
Miles
County Seat Created
Barbour County 15,557 341 Philippi 1843
Berkeley County 75,905 321 Martinsburg 1772
Boone County 25,535 503 Madison 1847
Braxton County 14,702 514 Sutton 1836
Brooke County 25,447 89 Wellsburg 1796
Cabell County 96,784 282 Huntington 1809
Calhoun County 7,582 281 Grantsville 1856
Clay County 10,330 342 Clay 1858
Doddridge County 7,403 320 West Union 1845
Fayette County 47,579 664 Fayetteville 1831
Gilmer County 7,160 340 Glenville 1845
Grant County 11,299 477 Petersburg 1866
Greenbrier County 34,453 1,021 Lewisburg 1778
Hampshire County 20,203 642 Romney 1754
Hancock County 32,667 83 New Cumberland 1848
Hardy County 12,669 583 Moorefield 1786
Harrison County 68,652 416 Clarksburg 1784
Jackson County 28,000 466 Ripley 1831
Jefferson County 42,190 210 Charles Town 1801
Kanawha County 200,073 903 Charleston 1789
Lewis County 16,919 389 Weston 1816
Lincoln County 22,108 438 Hamlin 1867
Logan County 37,710 454 Logan 1824
Marion County 56,598 310 Fairmont 1842
Marshall County 35,519 307 Moundsville 1835
Mason County 25,957 432 Point Pleasant 1804
McDowell County 27,329 535 Welch 1858
Mercer County 62,980 420 Princeton 1837
Mineral County 27,078 328 Keyser 1866
Mingo County 28,253 423 Williamson 1895
Monongalia County 81,866 361 Morgantown 1776
Monroe County 14,583 473 Union 1779
Morgan County 14,943 229 Berkeley Springs 1820
Nicholas County 26,562 649 Summersville 1818
Ohio County 47,427 106 Wheeling 1776
Pendleton County 8,196 698 Franklin 1788
Pleasants County 7,514 131 Saint Marys 1851
Pocahontas County 9,131 940 Marlinton 1821
Preston County 29,334 648 Kingwood 1818
Putnam County 51,589 346 Winfield 1848
Raleigh County 79,220 607 Beckley 1850
Randolph County 28,262 1,040 Elkins 1787
Ritchie County 10,343 454 Harrisville 1843
Roane County 15,446 484 Spencer 1856
Summers County 12,999 361 Hinton 1871
Taylor County 16,089 173 Grafton 1844
Tucker County 7,321 419 Parsons 1856
Tyler County 9,592 258 Middlebourne 1814
Upshur County 23,404 355 Buckhannon 1851
Wayne County 42,903 506 Wayne 1842
Webster County 9,719 556 Webster Springs 1860
Wetzel County 17,693 359 New Martinsville 1846
Wirt County 5,873 233 Elizabeth 1848
Wood County 87,986 367 Parkersburg 1798
Wyoming County 25,708 501 Pineville 1850
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