Ghent, West Virginia

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Population in 2010: 457.
Males: 193  (42.4%)
Females: 264  (57.6%)
Median resident age:

54.1 years
West Virginia median age:

42.4 years

Zip codes: 25825, 25843.

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Estimated median household income in 2017: $42,121
Ghent:

$42,121
WV:

$43,469

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,959

Ghent CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $101,200
Ghent:

$101,200
WV:

$119,800

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $407,456; detached houses: $515,824; mobile homes: $62,442
March 2019 cost of living index in Ghent: 83.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 19.6%
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  • Races in Ghent, WV (2010)
    • 44697.6%White alone
    • 81.8%Two or more races
    • 30.7%Asian alone

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

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Ancestries: Irish (61.0%), American (28.3%), English (10.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 2986 feet

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Charleston, WV (58.0 miles , pop. 53,421).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (128.2 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (361.4 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Shady Spring, WV (2.5 miles ),
Coal City, WV (2.7 miles ),
Daniels, WV (2.9 miles ),
Beaver, WV (3.0 miles ),
Sophia, WV (3.2 miles ),
Rhodell, WV (3.2 miles ),
Crab Orchard, WV (3.3 miles ),
Helen, WV (3.3 miles )

Latitude: 37.62 N, Longitude: 81.11 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 304

Distribution of median household income in Ghent, WV in 2017
Distribution of house value in Ghent, WV in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.2%
West Virginia:

5.3%

Earthquake activity:

Ghent-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 159.6 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 52.8 miles away from Ghent center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 57.0 miles away from Ghent center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 270.7 miles away from Ghent center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 155.2 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 54.7 miles away from Ghent center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Raleigh County (24) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 18
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 10, Landslides: 6, Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Mudslides: 3, 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).

Hospitals and medical centers near Ghent:

  • BECKLEY VA MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, Acute Care - Veterans Administration, about 12 miles away; BECKLEY, WV)
  • 1204 S. KANAWHA GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 12 miles away; BECKLEY, WV)
  • BECKLEY HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 12 miles away; BECKLEY, WV)
  • 811 S. KANAWHA GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 12 miles away; BECKLEY, WV)
  • JACKIE WITHROW HOSPITAL (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; BECKLEY, WV)
  • TEMPLE STREET GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 12 miles away; BECKLEY, WV)
  • RALEIGH GENERAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; BECKLEY, WV)

Amtrak stations near Ghent:

  • 14 miles: HINTON (FRONT ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.
  • 18 miles: PRINCE (RTE. 41 NORTH) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Ghent:

  • New River Community and Technical College (about 14 miles; Beckley, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,234)
  • Concord University (about 15 miles; Athens, WV; FT enrollment: 2,698)
  • New River Community College (about 43 miles; Dublin, VA; FT enrollment: 3,007)
  • Radford University (about 46 miles; Radford, VA; FT enrollment: 9,426)
  • Wytheville Community College (about 46 miles; Wytheville, VA; FT enrollment: 2,193)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (about 47 miles; Blacksburg, VA; FT enrollment: 30,984)
  • Roanoke College (about 63 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,316)

Public elementary/middle school in Ghent:

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Points of interest:

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Notable location: Ghent Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoir: Flat Top Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Beaverpond Branch (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotels: Econo Lodge (I-77 exit 28 (Odd Road)), Econo Lodge At Winterplace (300 Odd Road).

Raleigh County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.3 people
West Virginia:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

73.6%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

3.0%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Ghent:

Marital status in Ghent, WV
  • Never married: 22.3%
  • Now married: 70.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 7.3%

For population 25 years and over in Ghent:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 47.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.3
West Virginia average:

10.8

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Ghent, WV (based on Raleigh County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant13,61598
Mainline Protestant6,16230
Catholic1,6881
Black Protestant1,58811
Other1,0495
Orthodox641
None54,693-
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: 15
This county:

1.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
Raleigh County:

0.89 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
This county:

6.07 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 44
Raleigh County:

5.56 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

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

13.7%
State:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Raleigh County:

31.3%
West Virginia:

31.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Raleigh County:

12.4%
West Virginia:

13.1%

4.02% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($43,750 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.02%
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 Fayette County, WV  0.72% ($26,038 average AGI)
from Kanawha County, WV  0.22% ($72,328)
from Wyoming County, WV  0.22% ($39,965)


4.90% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($48,923 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.90%
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 Fayette County, WV  0.56% ($35,048 average AGI)
to Kanawha County, WV  0.30% ($40,785)
to Mercer County, WV  0.20% ($28,808)

Businesses in Ghent, WV

  • Knights Inn: 1
  • Subway: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Ghent:

  • WJLS (560 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WIWS (1070 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WWNR (620 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: DYNASTAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WOAY (860 AM; 10 kW; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: COMMISSIONED COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBDY (1190 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WNRV (990 AM; 5 kW; NARROWS-PEARISBURG, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WKNV (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FAIRLAWN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WHIS (1440 AM; 5 kW; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WMTD (1380 AM; daytime; 1 kW; HINTON, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCAW (680 AM; 10 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WFNR (710 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLACKSBURG, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WELC (1150 AM; daytime; 5 kW; WELCH, WV; Owner: POCAHONTAS BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Ghent:

  • WJLS-FM (99.5 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WMTD-FM (102.3 FM; HINTON, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WHAJ (104.5 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WCIR-FM (103.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • 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.)
  • WVPB (91.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WSTG (95.9 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: PRINCETON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W244BF (96.7 FM; NIMITZ, WV; Owner: GRACE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • KHPR (88.1 FM; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WPMW (92.7 FM; MULLENS, WV; Owner: CASTLE ROCK INVESTMENTS, L.L.C.)
  • WDBS (97.1 FM; SUTTON, WV; Owner: SUMMIT MEDIA BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WTNJ (105.9 FM; MOUNT HOPE, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WAXS (94.1 FM; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: PLATEAU BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WXLK (92.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLQ (99.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLC-FM (94.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WVTF (89.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WKCJ (103.1 FM; LEWISBURG, WV; Owner: QUORUM RADIO PARTNERS OF VIRGINIA, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Ghent:

  • WOAY-TV (Channel 4; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: THOMAS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WSWP-TV (Channel 9; GRANDVIEW, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • Ghent, West Virginia
  • Fatal accident count14
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents19
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons:2
  • Fatalities16
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents27
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents0
  • West Virginia average
  • Fatal accident count4513
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents6563
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons1664
  • Fatalities5034
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents10939
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents336
See more detailed statistics of Ghent fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 161ft / 49.2mTotal length
  • 147,270Total average daily traffic
  • 26,756Total average daily truck traffic
  • 143,060Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Ghent, WV

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Atop Flat Top Mtn 2 Miles South Of (Lat: 37.589722 Lon: -81.115000), Type: Tower, Structure height: 38.1 m, Call Sign: WPTC313, Grant Date: 08/09/2011, Expiration Date: 08/27/2021, Cancellation Date: 10/02/2014, Certifier: Mary E Julius, Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4483
  • Atop Flat Top Mtn 2 Miles South Of (Lat: 37.589722 Lon: -81.115000), Type: Tower, Structure height: 38.1 m, Call Sign: WQFN402, Licensee ID: L00127648,
    Assigned Frequencies: 851.337 MHz, 851.887 MHz, 853.387 MHz, 853.887 MHz, Grant Date: 08/09/2011, Expiration Date: 08/27/2021, Cancellation Date: 10/02/2014, Certifier: Mary E Julius, Registrant: Nextel Wip License Corp.

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

4
  • WVNS STUDIO, 141 Old Cline Rd (Lat: 37.628722 Lon: -81.110639), Type: Tower, Structure height: 42.7 m, Overall height: 46.6 m, Call Sign: WPND345,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2073.50 MHz, Grant Date: 03/13/1997, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Registrant: Cohn And Marks LLP, 1920 N Street Nw - Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 452-4825, Fax: (202) 293-4827, Email:
  • WVSX Studio, 141 Old Cline Road (Lat: 37.628722 Lon: -81.110639), Type: Tower, Structure height: 42.7 m, Call Sign: WPYK349,
    Assigned Frequencies: 7050.00 MHz, Grant Date: 08/26/2003, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: R. Charles Dusic Iii, Registrant: Cohn And Marks LLP, 1920 N Street Nw - Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 452-4825, Fax: (202) 293-4827, Email:
  • WVNS-TV Studio, 141 Old Cline Road (Lat: 37.626639 Lon: -81.112667), Type: Tower, Structure height: 42.7 m, Call Sign: WPYW928,
    Assigned Frequencies: 23235.0 MHz, Grant Date: 01/13/2014, Expiration Date: 11/19/2023, Certifier: Perry Sook, Registrant: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., 545 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Ste 700, Irving, TX 75062, Phone: (972) 373-8800, Email:
  • WVNS Studio, Lat: 37.628444 Lon: -81.111111, Call Sign: WQZD555,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2025.50 MHz, 2025.50 MHz, Grant Date: 04/13/2017, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: Elizabeth Ryder, Registrant: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., 545 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Ste 700, Irving, TX 75076, Phone: (972) 373-8800, Fax: (972) 373-8888, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

6
  • Call Sign: K3RGH, Licensee ID: L00274678, Grant Date: 04/20/2018, Expiration Date: 05/19/2028, Certifier: Nelson R Dew, Registrant: Nelson R Dew, Ghent, WV 25843
  • Call Sign: KA8WYP, Licensee ID: L01239439, Grant Date: 11/11/2016, Expiration Date: 01/27/2027, Cancellation Date: 11/11/2016, Registrant: Larry A Lovejoy, 234 Circle Point Court Flat Top Lake, Ghent, WV 25843
  • Call Sign: KB8WIN, Licensee ID: L00974802, Grant Date: 12/08/2014, Expiration Date: 02/08/2025, Certifier: Leslie A Bolen, Registrant: Leslie A Bolen, Ghent, WV 25843
  • Call Sign: KC8LSA, Licensee ID: L01590809, Grant Date: 09/03/2010, Expiration Date: 09/03/2020, Registrant: Joseph A Aiello, Ghent, WV 25843
  • Call Sign: N8YYR, Grant Date: 06/01/1993, Expiration Date: 06/01/2003, Cancellation Date: 06/02/2005, Registrant: Andy W Shrewsberry, Ghent, WV 25843
  • Call Sign: KE8FKE, Previous Call Sign: KA8WYP, Licensee ID: L01239439, Grant Date: 11/11/2016, Expiration Date: 01/27/2027, Certifier: Larry A Lovejoy, Registrant: Larry A Lovejoy, 234 Circle Point Court Flat Top Lake, Ghent, WV 25843

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: MOONEY AIRCRAFT CORP. M20K (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR TSIO-360 SER (225 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 5254G , Serial Number: 25-1180, Year manufactured: 1988, Airworthiness Date: 09/30/1988, Certificate Issue Date: 05/03/2017
    Registrant (LLC): Flat Top Energy LLC, Po Box 371, Ghent, WV 25843

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 8. The highest number of reported fires - 17 took place in 2014, and the least - 0 in 2005. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Ghent, WV When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires (44.8%), and Structure Fires (39.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Ghent, WV
    • 5244.8%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 4639.7%Structure Fires
    • 1714.7%Outside Fires
    • 10.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Ghent, WV
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Ghent, WV
  • 71.2%Electricity
  • 28.8%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Ghent, WV
  • 100.0%Utility gas


Ghent compared to West Virginia state average:

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