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History and Facts of West Virginia Counties

West Virginia Counties – The State of West Virginia was created as the 35th state on June 20, 1863. It has 55 Counties. The State of West Virginia is bordered by KentuckyMarylandOhioPennsylvaniaVirginia.

Hampshire County, West Virginia was formed in 1754. Many other counties were formed from that time until 1860, including Webster County, which was the last in that group. However, the counties of GrantMineralMingoLincoln, and Summers were formed after 1860.

See Virginia For counties earlier than 1863.

List of West Virginia Counties

West Virginia is divided into 55 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct West Virginia Counties

West Virginia has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below West Virginia counties no longer exist:

?? County, West Virginia

Created ? from ?. It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

Map of West Virginia County Boundary Changes from 1863 to 1915

This Interactive Map of West Virginia Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of West Virginia from 1863-1915.

Fun Facts about West Virginia Counties

County Name Facts

The County names:

  • 0 of them named for Native American words or people,

Counties by Year

In 1845 the first West Virginia counties were formed was Lewis County and the last county to be formed was Grays Harbor County in 1915.

  • ? County was the first county created on ?.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on ?.

Facts for County Size

  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in West Virginia.
  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in West Virginia.

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

  • ? County (000) is the most populated county in West Virginia.
  • ? County (000) is the least populated county in West Virginia.

Facts for West Virginia Counties and Cities

West Virginia’s 10 largest cities (2010) are:

  1. Birmingham (000) is in ? County and ? Counties
  2. Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Morgantown, Weirton, Fairmont, Beckley, Clarksburg and Martinsburg