McDowell County, West Virginia

2010 census, the population was 22,113. Its county seat is Welch. McDowell county is the southernmost county in the state.,_West_Virginia

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In McDowell County, WV — the county that was ground zero during the War on Poverty — comparing two Presidential Elections:
  • 1988: Dukakis, 74.20%. Bush, 25.40%.
  • 2016: Clinton, 22.97%. Trump, 74.16%.
Only 5.1% of residents over age 25 have a college degree in McDowell County. That’s the lowest of any county over 500 in population in America. When the War on Poverty was underway in 1965, the county had a population of 71,359. Today, the population is 19,835.