McDowell County

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McDowell County, North Carolina

60 E Court St
Marion, NC 28752
Phone: (828) 652-7121
Fax: (828) 659-3484

In southwestern NC, east of Asheville; organized Dec 19, 1842 from Burke and Rutherford counties. Name Origin: For Maj. Joseph McDowell (1756-1801), a hero of the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780) during the Revolutionary War and U.S. representative from NC (1797-99)

Area (sq mi):: 446.41 (land 441.68; water 4.73) Population per square mile: 97.80
Population 2005: 43,201 State rank: 57 Population change: 2000-20005 2.50%; 1990-2000 18.10% Population 2000: 42,151 (White 91.00%; Black or African American 4.20%; Hispanic or Latino 2.90%; Asian 0.90%; Other 2.70%). Foreign born: 2.70%. Median age: 38.00
Income 2000: per capita $16,109; median household $32,396; Population below poverty level: 11.60% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,049-$21,021
Unemployment (2004): 6.70% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.30% Median travel time to work: 25.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 25.30%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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McDowell County, West Virginia

90 Wyoming St Suite 109
Welch, WV 24801
Phone: (304) 436-8544
Fax: (304) 436-8576

On southern border of WV, southwest of Beckley; organized Feb 20, 1858 from Tazewell County (in VA). Name Origin: For James McDowell (1796-1851), member of the VA house of delegates (1830-35; 1838), governor (1842-46), and U.S. representative (1846-51)

Area (sq mi):: 534.90 (land 534.72; water 0.18) Population per square mile: 45.40
Population 2005: 24,273 State rank: 29 Population change: 2000-20005 -11.20%; 1990-2000 -22.40% Population 2000: 27,329 (White 86.70%; Black or African American 11.90%; Hispanic or Latino 0.50%; Asian 0.10%; Other 1.00%). Foreign born: 0.50%. Median age: 40.50
Income 2000: per capita $10,174; median household $16,931; Population below poverty level: 37.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $14,484-$16,962
Unemployment (2004): 10.30% Unemployment change (from 2000): 3.40% Median travel time to work: 32.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 27.20%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Kitsbow, a specialty clothing manufacturer based in California, will create 53 new jobs in McDowell County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.
The Berwind coal reserve consists of 31,200 acres of controlled mineral and approximately 72 million clean recoverable tons of proven and probable reserves located on the border of West Virginia and Virginia, in McDowell County, West Virginia, and Buchanan and Tazewell counties, Virginia.
EDT -   A flash flood emergency has been ( declared  in McDowell County, North Carolina, until 06:30 AM (EDT).
"I was constantly seeing mug shots and obituaries of people I went to high school and middle school with," said Sheldon, who grew up in the coal fields not far from Huntington and in 2013 made a Web-based documentary called "Hollow" about poverty and despair in the state's McDowell County. "A lot of stories about Appalachia and West Virginia are told by outsiders, so I felt I had a responsibility to tell the story with a more nuanced point of view."
Former attorney general, Darrell McGraw, filed the lawsuit in McDowell County in January 2013.
In McDowell County, West Virginia, just 350 miles away but very poor, life expectancies for men and women are 64 and 73 years, respectively.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a petition has been tiled by the McDowell County Department ot Social Services alleging that the above named juveniles are neglected juveniles.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 people in McDowell County itself do not have access to clean tap water or suitable well water, she said.