Kanawha County, West Virginia

Kanawha County, West Virginia

Infobox U.S. County
county = Kanawha County
state = West Virginia

map size = 225
founded = 1789
seat = Charleston | area_total_sq_mi =911
area_land_sq_mi =903
area_water_sq_mi =8
area percentage = 0.87%
census yr = 2000
pop = 200073
density_km2 =86
web = www.kanawha.us

Kanawha County (pronounced ka-NAW-ah') is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia taking its name from the Native term, Kanawha: "place of white stone". As of 2000, the population was 200,073. Its county seat is CharlestonGR|6. Kanawha County is the most populous county in the state of West Virginia.

During 1974, Kanawha County became known for its textbook controversy. Conservatives wanted to purge material they considered unsuitable from school textbooks, leading to John D. Maurice writing his Pulitzer Prize winning editorials.

Kanawha County is part of the Charleston, WV metropolitan area, with a 2006 Census population estimate of 305,526 people.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 911 square miles (2,359 km²), of which, 903 square miles (2,339 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it (0.87%) is water.

Major highways

Unincorporated communities


External links

* [http://www.kanawha.us/ Kanawha County Commission]
* [http://kanawha.lib.wv.us/ Kanawha County Public Library]
* [http://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/ Kanawha County Schools]
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvkanawh/ WVGenWeb Kanawha County]
* [http://www.genealogybuff.com/wv/wv-kanawha-obits.htm Kanawha County Obituary Archive]

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