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The 2000 Census showed that Wetzel County had a population of 17,693 people. This represented 0.98% of the total population of West Virginia, making it the state's 33rd most populous county (out of 55 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Wetzel had a population of 16,226 people. This is a decrease of 8.29% 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.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201016,583-6.27%+2.2% since 2009
200916,226-8.29%-0.58% since 2008
200816,321-7.75%-0.86% since 2007
200716,463-6.95%-1.12% since 2006
200616,650-5.89%-1.33% since 2005
200516,875-4.62%-0.75% since 2004
200417,003-3.9%-0.26% since 2003
200317,048-3.65%-0.79% since 2002
200217,183-2.88%-0.68% since 2001
200117,300-2.22%-2.22% since 2000
200017,693The Last Census

Wetzel County had 8,313 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Wetzel County has a total area<3> of 361.4 square miles [935 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (2.14 square miles [5.55 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Wetzel County had a population density of 49.25 people per square mile [19.02 people/km²], making it the state's 31st 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 Wetzel County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Wetzel and the state of West Virginia.

Click here for the Wetzel County QuickFact (QF-54103).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Wetzel County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
New MartinsvilleQF-54586845,5405,984-7.42%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Monroe (OH)QF-39111   W14,05815,180-7.39%
Greene (PA)QF-42059   NE39,24540,672-3.51%
DoddridgeQF-54017   S7,2027,403-2.72%
HarrisonQF-54033   SE68,91168,6520.38%
MarionQF-54049   E56,70656,5980.19%
MarshallQF-54051   N32,55635,519-8.34%
MonongaliaQF-54061   E90,08081,86610.03%
TylerQF-54095   SW8,6809,592-9.51%

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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 Wetzel. 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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