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Wheeling, WV

Wheeling is the county seat of Ohio County, although a portion of the city actually extends into Marshall County. The city of 29,000 is located in the far northern part of West Virginia, putting it in the Pittsburgh Tri-State Area. It holds special historical significance as the site of the 1861 Wheeling Convention, which led to the establishment of West Virginia as separate from the state of Virginia. Wheeling served as the first of West Virginia's several capitals before the state finally settled on Charleston.

Like several other West Virginia cities, Wheeling is losing population. Recent estimates place the population of Wheeling at approximately 29,000, a noticeable decrease from the 2000 estimate of 31,500.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Wheeling has been home to several large firms that have historically provided the city with its economic underpinnings. However, several of those have failed or been bought out in recent years. The most notable example is Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, which has since become part of a Russian steel-manufacturing conglomerate. Marsh Wheeling, the nation's oldest existing cigar company, operated in Wheeling from 1840 until closing in 2001. The department store chain Stone & Thomas was headquartered in the city until 1998.

Today, Wheeling's economy benefits from the presence of the Wheeling Island Casino-Hotel-Racetrack, as well as from other forms of tourism associated with events like Jamboree in the Hills. WesBanco, a bank holding company, is based in the city, as is the global operations center of Orrick, Herrington Sutcliffe, a prominent international law firm.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Most of the population in Wheeling is urban. Neighborhoods and districts of Wheeling accommodate around 15,600 houses, of which more than 13,600 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than 8,500 are owner-occupied while renters occupy around 5,000 houses.

Some of Wheeling's notable neighborhoods and districts include:

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At the time it was built in 1849, Wheeling Suspension Bridge was the largest bridge of its kind in the world. The bridge was designed by Charles Ellet Jr., an engineer who also assisted in the construction of the Niagra Falls Suspension Bridge. Other attractions in Wheeling include:

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