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Pendleton County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginiamarker. As of 2000, the population was 8,196. Its county seat is Franklinmarker . Pendleton County was created in 1788 from parts of Augusta, Hardymarker, and Rockinghammarker Counties and named for Edmund Pendleton, a distinguished statesman and jurist of Virginiamarker.

Spruce Knobmarker, located in Pendleton County, is the highest point in the state and in the Alleghenies, its elevation being 4,863 feet. Parts of the Monongahelamarker and George Washingtonmarker National Forests are also located in Pendleton.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 698 square miles (1,808 km²), of which, 698 square miles (1,807 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) of it (0.04%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 8,196 people, 3,350 households, and 2,355 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 5,102 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.34% White, 2.12% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,350 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% 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 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,429, and the median income for a family was $34,860. Males had a median income of $25,342 versus $16,753 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,805. About 8.00% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

Sites on the National Register of Historic Places in Pendleton County

Site Year Built Address Community Listed
Bowers House late 19th century Brandywine-Sugar Grove Road Sugar Grove 1985
Circleville School 1930s WV 28 Circlevillemarker 1995
Cunningham-Hevener House late 19th century US 220 Upper Tractmarker 1985
Franklin Historic District 19th century-1900s US 33, Main Street, South Branch Potomac River, & High Street Franklinmarker 1986
McCoy House 1848 Main Street Franklinmarker 1982
McCoy Mill early 19th century Johnstown Road Franklinmarker 1986
Old Judy Church (Old Log Church) early 19th century US 220 near Petersburgmarker 1976
Old Probst Church late 1700s CR 21/9 Brandywinemarker 1986
Pendleton County Poor Farm early 1900s US 220 Upper Tractmarker 1986
Priest Mill early 1900s Off US 220, near Low-Water Bridge Franklinmarker 2000
Sites Homestead (Wayside Inn) early 19th century Seneca Rocks Visitor Center Seneca Rocksmarker 1993

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