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Wheeling is a city in Ohio County. (The community straddles Ohio and Marshall counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

Tradition says the name derives from an Indian term for "place of the skull." Indians reputedly decapitated early settlers and placed their skulls on poles to warn others against encroachment.

The latitude of Wheeling is 40.063N. The longitude is -80.721W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 666 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 30,096.


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Median household income
Local
$27,388
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Wheeling demographic reports
Wheeling is on the Ohio River.
Former and merged names include:
· Zanesburg
Wheeling was settled by the Zane family, ancestors of author Zane Grey.

The city is located on the site of the British Fort Fincastle. Wheeling served as an early capital of WV, from 1863 to 1870 and from 1875 to 1885.

When the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was built in 1849, it was one of the world's longest span bridges. The bridge was swept away in an 1854 storm and later rebuilt.

Ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in the state, June 2001 in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· Walter Reuther, labor leader
· Jesse Burkett, baseball player
Local festivals include:
  • Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival - Sept. 13-15, 2007
  • Lebanese-American Heritage Festival - Aug. 12, 2007
  • Fort Henry Days - Sept. 1-2, 2007
  • Italian Heritage Festival - July 27-29, 2007
  • Ohio County Fair - Oct. 5-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Wheeling web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Wheeling Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Oglebay Park, Barkcamp State Park (OH), Ryerson Station State Park (PA)
Wheeling attractions: Capitol Music Hall
Sports teams: Nailers (East Coast Hockey League)
Historic routes: National Road
Historic sites and museums: West Virginia Independence Hall, Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum, Point Overlook Museum, Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum
Colleges and universities: Wheeling Jesuit University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Wheeling demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Ohio County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Wheeling area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 26059 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

26% of Wheeling residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Wheeling ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Wheeling was $17,923, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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23% of Wheeling residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Wheeling include Centre Market Square Historic District, Chapline Street Row Historic District, Monroe Street East Historic District, North Wheeling Historic District, Wheeling Historic District, Wheeling Island Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Wheeling, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $292.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $699.


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Libraries in Wheeling include Hildebrand Memorial, Ohio County ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Wheeling include Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register

TV stations in Wheeling include WTRF.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVNP.

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Ohio County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wheeling political report.

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The average commute time for Wheeling workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Wheeling between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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