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Time Zone: McDowell County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Welch is the Seat for McDowell County.

McDowell County was founded in 1858.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> McDowell had a population of 22,398 people. This is a decrease of 18.04% since the last Census (which gave a population of 27,329 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, McDowell represented 1.51% of the total population of West Virginia, making it the state's 23rd most populous county (out of 55 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
200922,398-18.04%-0.9% since 2008
200822,602-17.3%-1.06% since 2007
200027,329The Last Census

More information can be found on the McDowell County Census Page for McDowell County.


Below are some of the communities located in McDowell County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for McDowell County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Welch   2,1802,68318.75% decrease  
Gary   73391720.07% decrease  
War   65778816.62% decrease  
Northfork   41151920.81% decrease  
Keystone   35845320.97% decrease  

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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