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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Median rent in Wheeling, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $292. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $699.
Libraries in Wheeling include Hildebrand Memorial, Ohio County ... View libraries
Newspapers in Wheeling include Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register
TV stations in Wheeling include WTRF.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVNP.
Ohio County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wheeling political report.
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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