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The 2000 Census showed that Nicholas County had a population of 26,562 people. This represented 1.47% of the total population of West Virginia, making it the state's 25th most populous county (out of 55 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Nicholas had a population of 26,213 people. This is a decrease of 1.31% since the 2000 Census.

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

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201026,233-1.24% 
200926,213-1.31%+0.75% since 2008
200826,017-2.05% 
200726,008-2.09%-0.3% since 2006
200626,086-1.79% 
200526,094-1.76%+0.3% since 2004
200426,016-2.06% 
200326,005-2.1%-0.49% since 2002
200226,134-1.61%-0.13% since 2001
200126,169-1.48%-1.48% since 2000
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200026,562The Last Census

Nicholas County had 12,406 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Nicholas County has a total area<3> of 654 square miles [1,694 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (5.77 square miles [14.95 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Nicholas County had a population density of 40.95 people per square mile [15.81 people/km²], making it the state's 35th most densely populated county (out of 55 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Nicholas County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Nicholas and the state of West Virginia.

Click here for the Nicholas County QuickFact (QF-54067).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicholas County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
BraxtonQF-54007   N14,43414,702-1.82%
ClayQF-54015   NW10,02210,330-2.98%
FayetteQF-54019   SW46,12347,579-3.06%
GreenbrierQF-54025   SE34,52734,4530.21%
KanawhaQF-54039   W191,663200,073-4.2%
WebsterQF-54101   NE9,4449,719-2.83%

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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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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Nicholas. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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