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Weirton, West Virginia

Weirton is a city located in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Most of the city is in Hancock County, with the remainder in Brooke County. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 20,411 (16,525 in Hancock County, 3,886 in Brooke County). It is part of the Weirton-Steubenville metropolitan statistical area.[1]


Historical populations
CensusPop. %±
196028,201 17.5%
197027,131 -3.8%
198024,736 -8.8%
199022,124 -10.6%
200020,411 -7.7%

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 20,411 people, 8,958 households, and 5,885 families residing in the city. The population density was 441.0/km² (1,142.2/mi²). There were 9,546 housing units at an average density of 206.3/km² (534.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.52% White, 3.86% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 8,958 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.8% 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 2.25 and the average family size was 2.79.

The age distribution is 19.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,212, and the median income for a family was $42,466. Males had a median income of $37,129 versus $19,745 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,853. About 8.0% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.


The small village called Holliday's Cove -- which is now most of downtown Weirton -- was founded in the late 1700s. (It eventually lost the apostrophe.) In 1909, Ernest T. Weir built a steel mill later known as Weirton Steel Company just north of Hollidays Cove. An unincorporated settlement called Weirton grew up around the mill, that by 1940 was said to be the largest unincorporated city in the United States. By then Hollidays Cove and two other outlying areas, Weirton Heights and Marland Heights, which as their names suggest were on hilltops or ridges surrounding the "Weir-Cove" area, had also incorporated.

On July 1, 1947, all of these areas -- Hollidays Cove, Marland Heights, Weirton Heights, and unincorporated Weirton -- merged and formed the City of Weirton as it currently exists. Thomas E. Millsop, the head of the Weirton Steel division of the National Steel Corporation, was elected as the city's first mayor. The City Charter was approved by voters in 1950.

Weirton Steel Company was once a fully integrated steel mill employing over 12,000 people. It was the largest private employer and the largest taxpayer in West Virginia. This is no longer true. Due to reorganization of the steel industry, not only within the United States but worldwide, the Weirton plant, now part of the international giant Arcelor Mittal, currently operates only the tin-plating section of the mill (though still one of the country's largest tin-plate makers), with only 1,200 workers. During the early 1980's the employees of Weirton Steel endeavored to purchase the mill from National Steel Corporation as the largest ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Program) in the nation, poor planning and the fact that the employees retained their union membership, essentially organizing against themselves, doomed the ESOP program to failure.

Today, Weirton's economy relies primarily on gambling (over 150 small casinos populate the major traffic arteries). Some civic leaders are attempting to attract businesses and homeowners from the economically thriving Pittsburgh area, marketing Weirton as a bedroom community, taking advantage of the close proximity to the Pittsburgh airport and major highways.

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Pop Culture Reference

Weirton has attracted the attention of Hollywood filmmakers on at least two occasions. Weirton was one of several Ohio Valley towns that served as film locations for the acclaimed 1978 film, The Deer Hunter, starring Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep. Six years later it served as the primary location for filming of Reckless starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah. The fictional town of 'Eberton' mentioned in Reckless is a thinly veiled reference to Weirton.

Disney featured Weirton briefly in its documentary, America's Heart and Soul. During the excerpt, employees of Weirton Steel discuss their concerns with foreign imports and what it is doing to their mill.

Weirton was also the inspiration and guidance in the 1989 book No Star Nights. Author Anna Smucker drew upon her memories growing up in Weirton for a tale about childhood spent in an industrial town.

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