Bluefield, West Virginia

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Population in 2013: 10,473 (97% urban, 3% rural). Population change since 2000: -8.5%
 
Males: 4,879  (46.6%)
Females: 5,594  (53.4%)
Median resident age:  43.1 years
West Virginia median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 24701.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $32,407 (it was $27,672 in 2000)
Bluefield:

$32,407
WV:

$40,196
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,409 (it was $17,751 in 2000)

Bluefield city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $75,429 (it was $59,300 in 2000)
Bluefield:

$75,429
WV:

$100,400
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $90,196; Detached houses: $91,415; Townhouses or other attached units: $138,820; In 2-unit structures: $79,228; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $115,236; Mobile homes: $45,465

Median gross rent in 2012: $569.

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  • White alone - 7,667 (73.4%)
  • Black alone - 2,374 (22.7%)
  • Two or more races - 224 (2.1%)
  • Hispanic - 96 (0.9%)
  • Asian alone - 49 (0.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 27 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 10 (0.10%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bluefield: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (13.0%), English (12.0%), Irish (11.9%), United States (9.9%), Scotch-Irish (4.7%), Scottish (3.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1889

Elevation: 2611 feet

Land area: 8.73 square miles.

Population density: 1,199 people per square mile   (low).

Bluefield,WV real estate house value index trend

Bluefield, West Virginia map

For population 25 years and over in Bluefield:

  • High school or higher: 90.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.8%
  • Unemployed: 9.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bluefield city:

  • Never married: 28.7%
  • Now married: 49.3%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 10.2%
  • Divorced: 10.8%

176 residents are foreign born

This city:  1.7%
West Virginia:  1.4%



According to our research of West Virginia and other state lists there were 37 registered sex offenders living in Bluefield, West Virginia as of March 06, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Bluefield to the number of sex offenders is 284 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $479 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $418 (0.6%)

Bluefield satellite photo by USGS

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 ).

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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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: +1,029 (+9.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,679 (39.3%)

Area code: 304

Bluefield household income distribution Bluefield home values distribution

Crime rates in Bluefield by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Murders 200101023
per 100,000 17.50.00.08.90.09.10.018.126.7
Rapes 414044561
per 100,000 35.18.935.90.035.936.445.454.38.9
Robberies 1261212111212108
per 100,000 105.253.4107.6106.898.8109.1108.990.471.3
Assaults 274225373026193834
per 100,000 236.6373.6224.1329.4269.6236.4172.4343.7303.0
Burglaries 821001131011111018412082
per 100,000 718.7889.41013.0899.3997.4918.2762.41085.4730.7
Thefts 246251226191223175145167192
per 100,000 2156.02232.52026.01700.62003.81590.91316.01510.51710.9
Auto thefts 222526293529131512
per 100,000 192.8222.4233.1258.2314.5263.6118.0135.7106.9
Arson 6525116424
per 100,000 52.644.517.944.598.854.536.318.135.6
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 304.3) 291.5265.0274.1265.2285.1274.0217.1320.0268.5

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Bluefield detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 24 (19 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.81
West Virginia average:

1.91
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.2%
West Virginia:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -1,664 (-12.7%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Registered nurses (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)

Work and jobs in Bluefield: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

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 the city 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 (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 8, Landslides: 5, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bluefield topographic 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.

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)
  • FMC - TWO VIRGINIAS (400 CHERRY ST)
  • GLENWOOD PARK METHODIST HOME (ROUTE 1)
  • MAPLES NURSING HOME (1600 BLAND STREET)
  • MERCER NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER, LLC (PO BOX 410)

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: 23; Location: GREEN VALLEY RD; Grades: 2 - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Bluefield:

See full list of schools located in Bluefield, School District: MERCER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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

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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

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2005 was 59.0. This is better than average.

City:

59.0
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2000 was 22.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.0
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 14.5. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.5
U.S.:

9.1

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)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 19.9%
(14.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.4% for Black residents, 11.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 20.4% for two or more races residents)
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

Bluefield, West Virginia environmental map by EPA

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Bluefield compared to West Virginia state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

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.

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

  • Econo Lodge, 3400 Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, WV 24701 , Phone: (304) 327-8171, Fax: (304) 324-4259
  • Knights Inn, 3144 E Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, WV 24701 , Phone: (304) 325-2200
  • Ramada Inn - 2, 3175 E Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, WV 24701 , Phone: (304) 325-5421, Fax: (304) 325-6045
  • Briar Motel, 3206 Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, WV 24701 , Phone: (304) 325-9111
  • Holiday Inn, 3350 Big Laurel Hwy, Bluefield, WV 24701 , Phone: (304) 325-6170, Fax: (304) 323-2451
  • Econolodge, 3400 E Cumberland Rd, Bluefield, WV 24701 , Phone: (304) 327-8171, Fax: (304) 324-4259
All 6 fire-safe hotels and motels in Bluefield, West Virginia

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Bluefield travel time to work - commute Bluefield mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (46%)
  • Utility gas (46%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

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Religion statistics for Bluefield city (based on Mercer County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 45.20%
Here: 45.2%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentInternational Pentecostal Holiness ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)
Adherents27.6%20.1%6.3%6.2%6.1%
Congregations15.6%23.1%0.7%6.8%6.1%
NameChristian Churches and Churches of ChristCatholic ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Presbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents5.9%4.1%3.5%2.8%17.3%
Congregations8.8%2.0%1.4%4.1%31.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

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

5.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

6.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

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%
State:

13.1%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 6$18,241$36,4820$0
Other Government Administration 7$15,467$26,5150$0
Judicial and Legal 5$7,529$18,0700$0
Police Protection - Officers 21$62,034$35,4480$0
Police - Other 9$14,040$18,7207$6,020
Firefighters 21$60,801$34,7430$0
Streets and Highways 15$27,688$22,1500$0
Solid Waste Management 14$24,100$20,6570$0
Sewerage 40$107,217$32,1651$1,220
Parks and Recreation 4$11,416$34,2481$1,825
Transit 16$40,017$30,01318$36,711
Other and Unallocable 7$17,061$29,2471$2,809
Totals for Government 165$405,611$29,49928$48,585

Bluefield government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $338,000 ($32.27)
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $4,188,000 ($399.89)
    Police Protection: $1,839,000 ($175.59)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,226,000 ($117.06)
    Regular Highways: $1,117,000 ($106.66)
    Parks and Recreation: $822,000 ($78.49)
    Transit Utilities: $742,000 ($70.85)
    Solid Waste Management: $650,000 ($62.06)
    General Public Buildings: $441,000 ($42.11)
    Central Staff Services: $357,000 ($34.09)
    Financial Administration: $343,000 ($32.75)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $139,000 ($13.27)
    General - Other: $95,000 ($9.07)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $84,000 ($8.02)
    Libraries: $27,000 ($2.58)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $888,000 ($84.79)
    Total Cash and Deposits: $716,000 ($68.37)
    Corporate Bonds: $665,000 ($63.50)
    Withdrawals: $82,000 ($7.83)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $243,000 ($23.20)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Sewerage: $12,000 ($1.15)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $322,000 ($30.75)
    Sewerage: $169,000 ($16.14)
    Transit Utilities: $89,000 ($8.50)
    General Public Building: $87,000 ($8.31)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,738,000 ($356.92)

Bluefield government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $5,032,000 ($480.47)
    All Other: $543,000 ($51.85)
    Solid Waste Management: $462,000 ($44.11)
    Parking Facilities: $161,000 ($15.37)
    Parks and Recreation: $141,000 ($13.46)
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $442,000 ($42.20)
    From Parent Local Government: $406,000 ($38.77)
    From Other Governments: $316,000 ($30.17)
    Local Employee Contribution: $89,000 ($8.50)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $827,000 ($78.96)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $808,000 ($77.15)
    General Revenue, NEC: $772,000 ($73.71)
    Fines and Forfeits: $286,000 ($27.31)
    Donations From Private Sources: $61,000 ($5.82)
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $230,000 ($21.96)
  • State Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $453,000 ($43.25)
    General Local Government Support: $49,000 ($4.68)
  • Tax - Occupation and Business License, NEC: $2,368,000 ($226.11)
    Property: $786,000 ($75.05)
    Public Utilities Sales: $507,000 ($48.41)
    Other License: $325,000 ($31.03)
    Other Selective Sales: $90,000 ($8.59)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $31,000 ($2.96)

Bluefield government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $20,397,000 ($1947.58)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $20,195,000 ($1928.29)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,096,000 ($868.52)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,397,000 ($801.78)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $699,000 ($66.74)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $202,000 ($19.29)

Bluefield government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $5,750,000 ($549.03)
    Total Federal Securities: $273,000 ($26.07)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $20,195,000 ($1928.29)

4.68% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,182 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.68%
West Virginia average:

5.16%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Tazewell County, VA  0.61% ($27,860 average AGI)
from McDowell County, WV  0.45% ($29,358)
from Raleigh County, WV  0.23% ($34,163)


4.46% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,143 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.46%
West Virginia average:

5.13%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($481 average AGI)
Mercer County:

0.06%
West Virginia average:

0.02%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Tazewell County, VA  0.55% ($27,810 average AGI)
to McDowell County, WV  0.27% ($21,776)
to Raleigh County, WV  0.24% ($36,647)

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 (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Bluefield fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 6
Total length: 101 meters (331ft)
Total costs: $4,000,000
Total average daily traffic: 38,500
Total average daily truck traffic: 2,292
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Bluefield)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 88 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Bluefield, WV)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 2 (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: 2 (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: 14 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Bluefield)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 87
  • Hazardous Condition: 130
  • Service Call: 8
  • Good Intent Call: 21

Incident types - Bluefield

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Bluefield, WV
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
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
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