Mount Hope, West Virginia

Mount Hope, West Virginia
Mount Hope, West Virginia
—  City  —
Main Street (West Virginia Route 211) in Mount Hope in 2007
Location of Mount Hope, West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°53′33″N 81°10′4″W / 37.8925°N 81.16778°W / 37.8925; -81.16778Coordinates: 37°53′33″N 81°10′4″W / 37.8925°N 81.16778°W / 37.8925; -81.16778
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
 – Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 – Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,722 ft (525 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 1,487
 – Density 1,142.9/sq mi (441.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25880
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-56404[1]
GNIS feature ID 1543656[2]

Mount Hope is a city in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,487 at the 2000 census.



The Mount Hope Historic District and New River Company General Office Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


Mount Hope is located at 37°53′33″N 81°10′4″W / 37.8925°N 81.16778°W / 37.8925; -81.16778 (37.892595, -81.167687)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.

The Summit

10,600 acres (43 km2) of property known locally as Garden Ground was purchased by the Boy Scouts of America for development into The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, a high adventure base and site for the national Scout jamboree.[5][6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,487 people, 635 households, and 419 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,142.9 people per square mile (441.6/km²). There were 750 housing units at an average density of 576.4 per square mile (222.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.77% White, 22.33% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

There were 635 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 23.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,375, and the median income for a family was $23,333. Males had a median income of $25,833 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,147. About 35.1% of families and 36.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable native

  • Bob Elkins - Character actor born here, but raised out of state.
  • Ralph A. Ramsey - Chairman CEO K-Mart
  • John W. Ramsey - Musician Banjo Player for bluegrass band, "The Fiddlers"
  • Ralph L. Frazier - Former Chairman CEO Norfolk Western. Former Mayor of Rich Creek Va.
  • John Edward McClung - Old-time musician born here.
  • Joseph Bragg, Scoutmaster
  • Lt Col Robert (Bob) Taggart - liberator of Dachau, April 29, 1945 [1] Buried Arlington National Cemetery, May 12, 2009.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Boy Scouts to Bring World-Class Center of Scouting Excellence to West Virginia". Boy Scouts of America. November 18, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 

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