Hancock County, in the northern panhandle of West Virginia (WV), is the smallest and most northern county in West Virginia. It was created in 1848 and named for statesman John Hancock. The county is bounded to the north and west by the Ohio River. Its seat is at New Cumberland. The Mountaineer Casino Resort & Race Track, near Chester, is the largest employer in the county. The Homer Laughlin China Co., manufacturer of Fiestaware, is located at Newell. As of the 2010 census, the population of Hancock County was 30,676.
Cities & Towns in Hancock County
Chester, West Virginia
New Cumberland, West Virginia
New Manchester, West Virginia
Newell, West Virginia
Weirton, West Virginia
Parks & Public Recreation Facilities
Chester Memorial Park (Chester, WV)
Hillcrest Wildlife Management Area
Tomlinson Run State Park
Veterans Memorial Park (Weirton, WV)
Hancock County Historic Landmarks
Peter Tarr Iron Furnace (Weirton, WV)
Regional Information for Hancock County, West Virginia
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Hancock County may be found in our guide to travel in the Northern Panhandle Region of southern West Virginia, in which Hancock County is located.