Randolph County is a
county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia.
As of 2000, the population was 28,262.
county seat is Elkins .
Wildflowers add a splash of color to
grazing fields near Osceola in July.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 1,040 square
). Randolph is the
largest county in the state of West Virginia.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 28,262
people, 11,072 households, and 7,661 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 27 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 13,478 housing
units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White
, 1.07% Black
or African American
, 0.16% Native American
, 0.38% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.16% from
, and 0.53%
from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 11,072 households out of which 29.80% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples
living together, 9.80% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families.
26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.30% under the
age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from
45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70
The median income for a household in the county was $27,299, and
the median income for a family was $32,632. Males had a median
income of $24,751 versus $17,819 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$14,918. About 13.40% of families and 18.00% of the population were
below the poverty line
24.30% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or
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Notable natives and residents