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Hancock County

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Hancock County
Hancock County Courthouse at New Cumberland, WV

The smallest county in West Virginia, Hancock is also the northernmost county in West Virginia. Hancock County was created from northern Brooke County in 1848 and was named for John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Weirton, WV, is the largest community in Hancock County. The Mountaineer Casino Resort & Race Track, near Chester, WV, attracts thousands of visitors to Hancock County annually.

County Seat: New Cumberland, WV
Population: 32,667 (2000 Census)
Hancock County Profile

Lodging: Hancock County Hotels

Cities and Towns

Chester, WV
New Cumberland, WV
Newell, WV
Weirton, WV

State Parks

Tomlinson Run State Park


Mary H. Weir Public Library

Wildlife Management Areas

Hillcrest Wildlife Management Area


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 51 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 36 (Degrees F) -- Low 17 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 84 (Degrees F) -- Low 61 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.27 inches -- July: 4.35 (inches) -- Annual: 36.7 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

35 - 40 inches

Hancock County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Ohio, Brooke and Hancock Counties