Terra Alta, West Virginia

Terra Alta is a town located in Preston County, West Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,456.


\nTerra Alta is located at 39°26'40" North, 79°32'38" West (39.444343, -79.544002)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 km² (1.2 mi²). 3.1 km² (1.2 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 1,456 people, 596 households, and 417 families residing in the town. The population density is 472.4/km² (1,220.1/mi²). There are 690 housing units at an average density of 223.9/km² (578.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 99.18% White, 0.14% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.34% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 596 households out of which 32.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% are non-families. 26.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 2.90. In the town the population is spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.2 males. The median income for a household in the town is $25,388, and the median income for a family is $32,692. Males have a median income of $23,750 versus $17,950 for females. The per capita income for the town is $12,040. 18.9% of the population and 15.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 31.5% are under the age of 18 and 8.9% are 65 or older.

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