West Haven combined the unincorporated settlements of Wilson and Kanesville in its incorporation in 1991. Both Wilson and Kanesville had long histories as rural, agricultural settlements dating back into the mid-1800's. Since incorporation, the area has slowly been losing its rural roots and ambience as more and more multi-family, multi-story townhouse and condo developments are built in town. Much more of the area has commercial zoning on it than before incorporation, too. The population of West Haven has more than doubled since 2000.