Grant County, created in 1866 from Hardy County to the east and named for Ulysses S. Grant, is one of five counties formed after West Virginia became a state. The 1870 census counted a population of 4,467. With increases and an occasional decrease in intervening decades, the population peaked in 2000 with a count of 11,299. Agriculture and industry are important aspects of the county's economic makeup, and recreational tourism is becoming ever more important.
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