Bluefield, West Virginia

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Population in 2017: 9,869 (97% urban, 3% rural).
Population change since 2000: -13.8%
 
Males: 4,496  (45.6%)
Females: 5,373  (54.4%)
Median resident age:

42.3 years
West Virginia median age:

42.4 years

Zip codes: 24701.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $40,506 (it was $27,672 in 2000)
Bluefield:

$40,506
WV:

$43,469

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $26,371 (it was $17,751 in 2000)

Bluefield city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $107,638 (it was $59,300 in 2000)
Bluefield:

$107,638
WV:

$119,800

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $120,247; detached houses: $121,203; townhouses or other attached units: $66,133; mobile homes: $41,226

Median gross rent in 2017: $575.

March 2019 cost of living index in Bluefield: 80.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 21.6%
(20.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.8% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.5% for American Indian residents, 36.4% for other race residents, 12.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Bluefield, WV (2010)
    • 7,66773.4%White alone
    • 2,37422.7%Black alone
    • 2242.1%Two or more races
    • 960.9%Hispanic
    • 490.5%Asian alone
    • 270.3%American Indian alone
    • 100.10%Other race alone

Races in Bluefield detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of West Virginia and other state lists, there were 64 registered sex offenders living in Bluefield, West Virginia as of May 30, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Bluefield is 161 to 1.


Crime rates in Bluefield by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(8.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(18.1)
3
(26.7)
0
(0.0)
2
(19.1)
1
(9.6)
1
(9.7)
2
(19.7)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
4
(35.9)
4
(36.4)
5
(45.4)
6
(54.3)
1
(8.9)
13
(123.6)
5
(47.7)
5
(47.9)
2
(19.4)
13
(128.1)
3
(30.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
12
(106.8)
11
(98.8)
12
(109.1)
12
(108.9)
10
(90.4)
8
(71.3)
8
(76.1)
6
(57.3)
8
(76.6)
5
(48.6)
9
(88.7)
1
(10.2)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
37
(329.4)
30
(269.6)
26
(236.4)
19
(172.4)
38
(343.7)
34
(303.0)
35
(332.8)
62
(591.8)
54
(517.0)
105
(1,020)
97
(955.9)
88
(899.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
101
(899.3)
111
(997.4)
101
(918.2)
84
(762.4)
120
(1,085)
82
(730.7)
73
(694.1)
50
(477.3)
43
(411.7)
51
(495.2)
65
(640.5)
32
(326.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
191
(1,701)
223
(2,004)
175
(1,591)
145
(1,316)
167
(1,510)
192
(1,711)
197
(1,873)
151
(1,441)
131
(1,254)
136
(1,321)
132
(1,301)
66
(674.2)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
29
(258.2)
35
(314.5)
29
(263.6)
13
(118.0)
15
(135.7)
12
(106.9)
19
(180.7)
18
(171.8)
12
(114.9)
21
(203.9)
15
(147.8)
5
(51.1)
Arson
(per 100,000)
5
(44.5)
11
(98.8)
6
(54.5)
4
(36.3)
2
(18.1)
4
(35.6)
5
(47.5)
2
(19.1)
3
(28.7)
3
(29.1)
4
(39.4)
1
(10.2)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)267.4287.4276.3218.9322.7270.7326.2316.7272.0357.3468.4261.3

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Crime rate in Bluefield detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 33 (27 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.76
West Virginia average:

2.58
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Ancestries: American (16.7%), English (12.4%), German (7.5%), Irish (7.4%), Italian (2.5%), Scotch-Irish (1.9%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1889

Elevation: 2611 feet

Land area: 8.73 square miles.

Population density: 1,130 people per square mile   (low).

Bluefield, West Virginia map

47 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.5%
West Virginia:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $588 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $499 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Roanoke, VA (69.5 miles , pop. 94,911).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (112.8 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (378.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Brush Fork, WV (1.6 miles ),
Bluefield, VA (1.8 miles ),
Bluewell, WV (2.0 miles ),
Montcalm, WV (2.6 miles ),
Bramwell, WV (2.6 miles ),
Pocahontas, VA (2.7 miles ),
Princeton, WV (3.2 miles ),
Matoaka, WV (3.3 miles )

Latitude: 37.26 N, Longitude: 81.22 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Nature's Air Conditioned City

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,814 (+17.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,438 (37.3%)

Area code: 304

Distribution of median household income in Bluefield, WV in 2017
Distribution of house value in Bluefield, WV in 2017
Bluefield satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 4 buildings, average cost: $57,800
  • 1998: 12 buildings, average cost: $55,800
  • 1999: 5 buildings, average cost: $92,900
  • 2000: 9 buildings, average cost: $95,000
  • 2001: 5 buildings, average cost: $92,200
  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $82,700
  • 2003: 3 buildings, average cost: $69,600
  • 2004: 4 buildings, average cost: $69,100
  • 2005: 3 buildings, average cost: $41,700
  • 2006: 3 buildings, average cost: $170,300
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $171,800
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $70,000
  • 2009: 10 buildings, average cost: $83,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $165,000
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $100,600
  • 2013: 27 buildings, average cost: $101,500
  • 2015: 1 building, cost: $500,000
  • 2016: 1 building, cost: $500,000
  • 2017: 5 buildings, average cost: $130,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Bluefield, WV residents
Average permit cost in Bluefield, WV
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.9%
West Virginia:

5.3%
Historical population in Bluefield, WV
Historical housing units in Bluefield, WV
Most common industries in Bluefield, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (19.7%)
  • Educational services (9.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.5%)
  • Construction (4.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Health care (9.7%)
  • Construction (8.7%)
  • Educational services (5.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.0%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.4%)
  • Public administration (4.2%)
  • Rail transportation (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (29.6%)
  • Educational services (14.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.6%)
  • Personal & laundry services (3.0%)
Most common occupations in Bluefield, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.0%)
  • Registered nurses (3.9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.1%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.4%)
  • Registered nurses (7.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.2%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)

Average climate in Bluefield, West Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bluefield-area historical tornado activity is below West Virginia state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/4/1974, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 28.3 miles away from the Bluefield city center injured 12 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/4/1974, a category F3 tornado 38.8 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 11 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bluefield-area historical earthquake activity is near West Virginia state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 162.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 38.9 miles away from Bluefield center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 42.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 40.6 miles away from Bluefield center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 157.8 miles away from Bluefield center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 183.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Mercer County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 10, Landslides: 6, Mudslides: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bluefield topographic map

Main business address for: FIRST CENTURY BANKSHARES INC (STATE COMMERCIAL BANKS).

Hospitals and medical centers in Bluefield:

  • BLUEFIELD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 500 CHERRY ST)
  • COMMUNITY HOSPICES OF AMERICA (BOX 6364)
  • ST LUKES HOSPITAL (provides emergency services, 1333 SOUTHVIEW DRIVE POB 1190)
  • GLENWOOD PARK METHODIST HOME (ROUTE 1)
  • MAPLES NURSING HOME (1600 BLAND STREET)
  • MERCER NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER, LLC (PO BOX 410)
  • FMC - TWO VIRGINIAS (400 CHERRY ST)

Airports and heliports located in Bluefield:

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College/University in Bluefield:

  • Bluefield State College (Full-time enrollment: 1,721; Location: 219 Rock St; Public; Website: www.bluefieldstate.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bluefield:

  • Concord University (about 17 miles; Athens, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,698)
  • Wytheville Community College (about 23 miles; Wytheville, VA; FT enrollment: 2,193)
  • New River Community College (about 31 miles; Dublin, VA; FT enrollment: 3,007)
  • New River Community and Technical College (about 37 miles; Beckley, WV; FT enrollment: 2,234)
  • Radford University (about 38 miles; Radford, VA; FT enrollment: 9,426)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (about 44 miles; Blacksburg, VA; FT enrollment: 30,984)
  • Roanoke College (about 65 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,316)

Public high school in Bluefield:

Private high school in Bluefield:

  • VALLEY VIEW ADVENTIST SCHOOL (Students: 16, Location: GREEN VALLEY RD, Grades: 3-11)

Public elementary/middle schools in Bluefield:

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Library in Bluefield:

  • CRAFT MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $389,305; Location: 600 COMMERCE STREET; 102,570 books; 1,708 audio materials; 1,497 video materials; 12 state licensed databases; 115 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • home of Phyliss Church

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Bluefield: Bluefield Country Club (A), Kendell Plaza Shoping Center (B), Bluefield Elks Club Golf Course (C), Bluefield Fire Department Station 1 (D), Bluefield West Virginia Rescue Squad (E), Bluefield Fire Department Station 3 (F), Wendell G Hardway Library (G), Union Mission Home (H), Bluefield City Hall (I), Craft Memorial Library (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Bluefield Plaza Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Main business address in Bluefield: FIRST CENTURY BANKSHARES INC (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Bluefield include: Baptist Chapel (A), Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (B), Bland Street Methodist Church (C), Calvary Baptist Church (D), Christ Episcopal Church (E), Church of Christ (F), Church of God (G), Church of the Nazarene (H), College Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Walnut Grove Cemetery (1), Maple Park Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Bluefield include: Bluefield Downtown Commercial Historic District (1), Montvale Park (2), Mitchell Stadium (3), Wade Athletic field (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: K & K Music CO of Bluefield Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 2507 Bluefield Avenue) (1), Mercer County Convention & Visitor's Bureau (500 Bland Street) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Knights Inn (3144 East Cumberland Road) (1), Dian-Lee House Bed & Breakfast (2109 Jefferson Street) (2), Econo Lodge Bluefield (3400 Cumberland Road) (3), Economy Inn (3206 East Cumberland Road) (4), Bluefield Knights Inn (3144 E Cumberland Rd) (5), Ramada Inn East River Mountain (3175 E Cumberland Rd) (6). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Mercer County - County Tax Office (Bluefield Municipal) (1), Mercer County Courthouse - Magistrate Court- Roy Compton (100 Rogers Street) (2), United States Government - District Court- Judge (Federal Building) (3), United States Government - District Court- Federal Magistrate (Federal Building) (4), United States Government - District Court- Clerk (Federal Building) (5), United States Government - District Attorney's Ofc- Justice Dept- District Court- District Atto (Federal Building) (6). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: John Forbes Nash, Jr. - Mathematician, James E. Brown III - Aviator, Carey Bailey - America football player and coach, Denise Giardina - Novelist, John S. Knight - Soilder, Anna Stuart - Soap opera actor, Billy Wayne Bailey - Politician, Charlie Barnett (actor) - Actor, Dan Bowling - Virginia Politician, James Kee - Politician.

Mercer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bluefield and their reported violations in the past:

BLUEWELL PSD (Population served: 6,135, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-13-2013), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-13-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-08-2013)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2012 and JUN-2012, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-02-2012), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-02-2012), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2012), St Public Notif received (JUL-02-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2012 and MAR-2012, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-02-2012), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-02-2012), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2012), St Public Notif received (JUL-02-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2011 and DEC-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (FEB-09-2012), St Public Notif requested (FEB-21-2012), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-21-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2011 and SEP-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-07-2011), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-07-2011), St Compliance achieved (FEB-09-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2010 and JUN-2010, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (MAY-26-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-07-2010), St Public Notif requested (JUL-07-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-14-2010)
  • 4 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-01-2011), St Public Notif requested (AUG-27-2011), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-27-2011), St Public Notif received (APR-05-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-01-2011), St Public Notif requested (AUG-27-2011), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-27-2011), St Public Notif received (APR-05-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2010 and DEC-2010, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JAN-28-2011), St Compliance achieved (FEB-15-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2010 and DEC-2010, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JAN-28-2011), St Compliance achieved (FEB-15-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2010 and MAR-2010, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-30-2010), St Compliance achieved (MAY-06-2010), St Public Notif received (MAY-26-2010)
  • 17 regular monitoring violations
  • 3 other older monitoring violations
GREEN VALLEY GLENWOOD PSD GLENWOOD (Population served: 5,775, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2006 and JUN-2006, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-19-2006), St Public Notif requested (OCT-07-2006), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-07-2006), St Public Notif received (NOV-02-2006)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2006 and MAR-2006, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (MAR-31-2006), St Public Notif requested (MAY-02-2006), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-02-2006), St Public Notif received (MAY-05-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-19-2006)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-16-2006), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-16-2006), St Public Notif received (MAR-31-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-19-2006)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-16-2006), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-16-2006), St Compliance achieved (FEB-21-2006), St Public Notif received (MAR-31-2006)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-02-2005), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-02-2005), St Public Notif received (FEB-16-2006), St Compliance achieved (FEB-21-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Treatment Technique Precursor Removal - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-20-2010), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-20-2010), St Compliance achieved (MAR-01-2011), St Public Notif received (AUG-05-2013)
GREEN VALLEY GLENWOOD PSD BULLTAIL (Population served: 1,869, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-18-2005), St Public Notif requested (NOV-01-2005), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-01-2005), St Public Notif received (2 times from DEC-05-2005 to FEB-14-2006)
DANIELS COMPANY (Population served: 39, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In MAR-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-01-2013), St Public Notif requested (MAY-09-2013), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-09-2013)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In FEB-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-03-2013), St Formal NOV issued (APR-03-2013), St Compliance achieved (MAY-01-2013), St Public Notif received (MAY-08-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In APR-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-01-2013), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-30-2013)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JAN-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-06-2013), St Compliance achieved (MAY-01-2013)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bluefield that have no violations reported:

  • BLUEFIELD VALLEY WATERWORKS (Serves VA, Population served: 415, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
West Virginia:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

59.7%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.2%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households

People in group quarters in Bluefield in 2010:

  • 123 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 41 people in college/university student housing
  • 14 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 6 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers

People in group quarters in Bluefield in 2000:

  • 162 people in nursing homes
  • 15 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 8 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 5 people in other group homes
  • 3 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Bluefield (2011 data):

  • First Century Bank, Inc.: College Avenue Branch, Century Square Drive-Thru Branch, at 500 Federal Street. Info updated 2012/01/26: Bank assets: $417.5 mil, Deposits: $353.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: First Century Bankshares, Inc.
  • First Community Bank: Bluefield Branch, Mercer Mall Branch, Messenger Service Branch. Info updated 2011/07/12: Bank assets: $2,144.1 mil, Deposits: $1,561.3 mil, headquarters in Bluefield, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 58 total offices, Holding Company: First Community Bancshares, Inc.
  • MCNB Bank and Trust Co.: E. Cumberland Branch at 3152 E. Cumberland Road, branch established on 2001/11/06. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $320.0 mil, Deposits: $284.1 mil, headquarters in Welch, WV, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Mcnb Banks, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Bluefield:

Marital status in Bluefield, WV
  • Never married: 30.9%
  • Now married: 43.1%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 10.3%
  • Divorced: 14.8%

For population 25 years and over in Bluefield:

  • High school or higher: 88.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.5%
  • Unemployed: 9.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.3
West Virginia average:

10.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Bluefield
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bluefield, WV (based on Mercer County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant17,020100
Mainline Protestant6,68351
Catholic1,5602
Other4865
Black Protestant957
Orthodox761
None36,344-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 14
Mercer County:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 36
Here:

5.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 38
Mercer County:

6.20 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

13.5%
West Virginia:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Mercer County:

28.5%
West Virginia:

31.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.4%
West Virginia:

13.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Bluefield:

50.6%
West Virginia:

50.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Bluefield:

47.3%
West Virginia:

47.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.9
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

18.8%
West Virginia:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.4%
State:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
West Virginia:

6.9

Overweight people:
This city:

35.2%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Bluefield:

56.1%
West Virginia:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Bluefield:

77.9%
West Virginia:

77.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Bluefield, WV Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Sewerage 53$125,146$28,3351$585
Police Protection - Officers 22$65,353$35,6470$0
Firefighters 22$64,054$34,9390$0
Transit 16$42,157$31,61816$33,269
Streets and Highways 15$29,169$23,3350$0
Solid Waste Management 13$25,390$23,4370$0
Police - Other 9$14,791$19,7217$5,456
Other and Unallocable 7$17,976$30,8161$2,544
Other Government Administration 7$16,295$27,9340$0
Financial Administration 6$19,217$38,4340$0
Judicial and Legal 5$7,932$19,0370$0
Parks and Recreation 4$12,027$36,0811$1,655
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 179$439,507$29,46426$43,509

Bluefield government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $9,784,000 ($991.39)
    Central Staff Services: $2,806,000 ($284.32)
    Police Protection: $2,544,000 ($257.78)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,867,000 ($189.18)
    Regular Highways: $1,551,000 ($157.16)
    Transit Utilities: $1,204,000 ($122.00)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,019,000 ($103.25)
    Parks and Recreation: $947,000 ($95.96)
    Public Welfare - Other: $99,000 ($10.03)
    General - Other: $61,000 ($6.18)
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $2,869,000 ($290.71)
    Total Cash and Deposits: $1,772,000 ($179.55)
    Corporate Bonds: $1,542,000 ($156.25)
    Benefit Payments: $1,408,000 ($142.67)
    Withdrawals: $13,000 ($1.32)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $91,000 ($9.22)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Transit Utilities: $218,000 ($22.09)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,152,000 ($623.37)

Bluefield government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $10,265,000 ($1040.13)
    Other: $2,594,000 ($262.84)
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $143,000 ($14.49)
    Local Employee Contribution: $131,000 ($13.27)
    From Other Governments: $110,000 ($11.15)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $225,000 ($22.80)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,753,000 ($177.63)
    Fines and Forfeits: $865,000 ($87.65)
    Donations From Private Sources: $727,000 ($73.67)
    Interest Earnings: $167,000 ($16.92)
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $562,000 ($56.95)
  • State Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $633,000 ($64.14)
    General Local Government Support: $54,000 ($5.47)
    Other: $14,000 ($1.42)
  • Tax - Occupation and Business License - Other: $3,076,000 ($311.68)
    Property: $1,300,000 ($131.73)
    Public Utilities Sales: $554,000 ($56.14)
    Other Selective Sales: $138,000 ($13.98)
    Amusements Sales: $129,000 ($13.07)
    Other License: $99,000 ($10.03)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $96,000 ($9.73)
    Other: $70,000 ($7.09)

Bluefield government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,347,000 ($136.49)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,225,000 ($124.13)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $847,000 ($85.82)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $847,000 ($85.82)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $122,000 ($12.36)

Bluefield government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $907,000 ($91.90)
    Total Federal Securities: $307,000 ($31.11)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,691,000 ($576.65)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,370,000 ($240.15)

4.03% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($34,368 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.03%
West Virginia average:

5.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Tazewell County, VA  0.62% ($33,198 average AGI)
from McDowell County, WV  0.42% ($26,988)
from Raleigh County, WV  0.25% ($28,808)


4.85% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($37,370 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.85%
West Virginia average:

5.62%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Tazewell County, VA  0.57% ($42,453 average AGI)
to Raleigh County, WV  0.26% ($33,074)
to Monroe County, WV  0.16% ($30,788)
Businesses in Bluefield, WV
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Kincaid1
Ace Hardware1Kmart1
Advance Auto Parts2Knights Inn1
Aeropostale1Kroger1
American Eagle Outfitters1La-Z-Boy2
Arby's1Lane Furniture2
AutoZone1Little Caesars Pizza1
Bath & Body Works1Long John Silver's1
Burger King1Maurices1
CVS1McDonald's1
Chevrolet1Nike3
Chick-Fil-A1Nissan1
Dairy Queen2Pac Sun1
Deb1Quality1
Econo Lodge1RadioShack1
FedEx5Rite Aid1
Foot Locker1Sears2
GNC1Spencer Gifts1
GameStop1Subaru1
H&R Block2Subway3
Hardee's1U-Haul2
Honda1U.S. Cellular1
JCPenney1UPS3
Justice1Vans1
KFC1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Bluefield:

  • WHIS (1440 AM; 5 kW; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WKEZ (1240 AM; 1 kW; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WBDY (1190 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WAMN (1050 AM; 1 kW; GREEN VALLEY, WV; Owner: WAMN, INC.)
  • WKNV (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FAIRLAWN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WTZE (1470 AM; daytime; 5 kW; TAZEWELL, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WNRV (990 AM; 5 kW; NARROWS-PEARISBURG, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WIWS (1070 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WELC (1150 AM; daytime; 5 kW; WELCH, WV; Owner: POCAHONTAS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WJLS (560 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WWNR (620 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: DYNASTAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WYRV (770 AM; daytime; 5 kW; CEDAR BLUFF, VA; Owner: FAITH CHRISTIAN MUSIC BROADCASTING MINISTRIES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bluefield:

  • WHAJ (104.5 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WHKX (106.3 FM; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WKOY-FM (100.9 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WPIB (91.1 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WSTG (95.9 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: PRINCETON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJLS-FM (99.5 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WMEV-FM (93.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KHPR (88.1 FM; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WPIN-FM (91.5 FM; DUBLIN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WVTR (91.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WPSK-FM (107.1 FM; PULASKI, VA; Owner: NEW RIVER VALLEY RADIO PARTNERS, LLC)
  • WOLD-FM (102.5 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: EMERALD SOUND, INC.)
  • WHQX (107.7 FM; CEDAR BLUFF, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WMTD-FM (102.3 FM; HINTON, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • W244BB (96.7 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WXLK (92.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WBRF (98.1 FM; GALAX, VA; Owner: BLUE RIDGE RADIO, INC.)
  • WSLQ (99.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLC-FM (94.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WCIR-FM (103.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Bluefield:

  • WVVA (Channel 6; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: WVVA TELEVISON, INC.)
  • WLFB (Channel 40; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: LIVING FAITH MINISTRIES, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Bluefield fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 39Number of bridges
  • 725ft / 221mTotal length
  • $13,225,000Total costs
  • 247,292Total average daily traffic
  • 36,013Total average daily truck traffic
  • 182,891Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Bluefield, WV - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 81960-1969
  • 91970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 152000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Bluefield, WV
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Bluefield)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 120 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Bluefield, WV)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 28 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 174 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Bluefield)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 11 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Bluefield)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 105. The highest number of fire incidents - 166 took place in 2011, and the least - 10 in 2002. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Bluefield, WV When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (56.3%), and Outside Fires (28.6%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Bluefield, WV
    • 1,00056.3%Structure Fires
    • 50928.6%Outside Fires
    • 22412.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 442.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Bluefield, WV

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Bluefield, West Virginia:

  • Econo Lodge, 3400 Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701 , Phone: (304) 327-8171, Fax: (304) 324-4259
  • Knights Inn, 3144 E Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701 , Phone: (304) 325-2200, Fax: (304) 325-5200
  • Quality Hotel and Conference Center, 3350 Big Laurel Hwy, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701 , Phone: (304) 325-6170, Fax: (304) 323-2451
  • Econolodge, 3400 E Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701 , Phone: (304) 327-8171, Fax: (304) 324-4259
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Bluefield, West Virginia
Most common first names in Bluefield, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James31571.9 years
William27874.0 years
Mary26979.1 years
John26373.6 years
Robert22470.6 years
Charles16671.3 years
George11375.2 years
Margaret10774.7 years
Helen9876.0 years
Virginia9777.7 years
Most common last names in Bluefield, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bailey11876.6 years
Smith11775.0 years
Taylor9973.0 years
Johnson9171.6 years
Thompson9175.1 years
Brown7476.4 years
Williams7375.7 years
Jones6974.7 years
Harris6375.5 years
Davis6277.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Bluefield, WV
  • 56.6%Utility gas
  • 37.4%Electricity
  • 2.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.8%Wood
  • 0.9%Coal or coke
  • 0.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Bluefield, WV
  • 56.1%Electricity
  • 32.9%Utility gas
  • 4.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.2%Wood
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%No fuel used


Bluefield compared to West Virginia state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Bluefield on our top lists:

  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of murders per 100,000 residents, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 5,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
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