Milton, West Virginia

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Milton, West Virginia
Main Street along U.S. Route 60 in Milton in 2007
Main Street along U.S. Route 60 in Milton in 2007
Location of Milton in Cabell County, West Virginia.
Location of Milton in Cabell County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°26′10″N 82°08′00″W / 38.43611°N 82.13333°W / 38.43611; -82.13333
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountyCabell
Area
 • Total1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Land1.53 sq mi (3.96 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
584 ft (178 m)
Population
 • Total2,423
 • Estimate 
(2017)[3]
2,612
 • Density1,708.31/sq mi (659.77/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25541
Area code(s)304
FIPS code54-54484[4]
GNIS feature ID1543433[5]
Websitehttp://www.thecityofmiltonwv.com/

Milton is a town in Cabell County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,423 at the 2010 census.

Milton is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

History[edit]

The town was named after Milton Reece, the original owner of the town site.[6]

Historic sites[edit]

Milton is noted for the historic Mud River Covered Bridge across the nearby Mud River. In 2002, the covered bridge was moved to nearby Pumpkin Park. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[7] The town is also known for Blenko Glass, which is across the street from Pumpkin Park.

The former Morris Memorial Hospital for Crippled Children was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.[8]

Geography[edit]

Milton is located along the Mud River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.58 square miles (4.09 km2), of which, 1.54 square miles (3.99 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880377
189054845.4%
19005826.2%
191083743.8%
19201,02322.2%
19301,30527.6%
19401,64125.7%
19501,552−5.4%
19601,71410.4%
19701,597−6.8%
19802,17836.4%
19902,2422.9%
20002,206−1.6%
20102,4239.8%
Est. 20172,612[3]7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Mud River in Milton, 2007

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,423 people, 1,132 households, and 666 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,573.4 inhabitants per square mile (607.5/km2). There were 1,243 housing units at an average density of 807.1 per square mile (311.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.6% White, 0.7% African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 1,132 households of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.2% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the town was 42.2 years. 20.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,206 people, 1,010 households, and 628 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,400.0 inhabitants per square mile (539.1/km²). There were 1,116 housing units at an average density of 708.2 per square mile (272.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.23% White, 0.45% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 1,010 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,348, and the median income for a family was $31,786. Males had a median income of $31,003 versus $19,457 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,384. About 16.6% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Blenko Glass visitor center, 2006

The Mountaineer Opry House, which has since been removed, features bluegrass music on Saturday nights. Milton also has an extensive Flea Market covering a couple of acres (including parking) with both indoor and outdoor stalls.

Milton hosts the county fair of Cabell County, West Virginia. Milton is also noted for its annual Pumpkin Festival, held in early October.

Education[edit]

Milton is served by the schools of the Cabell County Board of Education. Primary education is given at Milton Elementary, while middle school students attend Milton Middle School. High school students attend Cabell Midland High School, which opened in August 1994 upon the consolidation of Milton High School and Barboursville High School.

Notable people[edit]

  • Katie Lee, food critic, former wife of Billy Joel, was raised in Milton.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 418.
  7. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  8. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/06/13 through 5/10/13. National Park Service. 2013-05-17.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Reasons-Pyles, Katherine (n.d.). "Home for the Holidays". Huntington Quarterly (76). Huntington, West Virginia. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2015.