Princeton, West Virginia

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Population in 2017: 5,822 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -8.3%
 
Males: 2,799  (48.1%)
Females: 3,023  (51.9%)
Median resident age:

40.7 years
West Virginia median age:

42.4 years

Zip codes: 24740.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $31,817 (it was $21,736 in 2000)
Princeton:

$31,817
WV:

$43,469

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,181 (it was $14,931 in 2000)

Princeton city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $105,642 (it was $58,200 in 2000)
Princeton:

$105,642
WV:

$119,800

Median gross rent in 2017: $718.

March 2019 cost of living index in Princeton: 83.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 27.8%
(24.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.7% for Black residents, 55.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 89.4% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 71.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Princeton, WV (2017)
    • 5,08785.4%White alone
    • 4507.6%Black alone
    • 1853.1%Hispanic
    • 1232.1%Two or more races
    • 661.1%American Indian alone
    • 250.4%Asian alone

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



According to our research of West Virginia and other state lists, there were 90 registered sex offenders living in Princeton, West Virginia as of June 01, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Princeton is 67 to 1.


Crime rates in Princeton by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(16.0)
2
(32.1)
1
(16.2)
1
(16.1)
1
(16.0)
1
(15.7)
3
(46.5)
0
(0.0)
2
(31.0)
1
(15.7)
1
(16.6)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(16.0)
2
(32.1)
1
(16.2)
4
(64.3)
2
(32.0)
1
(15.7)
1
(15.5)
0
(0.0)
2
(31.0)
2
(31.5)
2
(33.2)
3
(50.5)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
14
(224.1)
7
(112.4)
9
(145.7)
11
(176.9)
11
(176.1)
10
(157.4)
16
(247.9)
2
(30.9)
4
(62.1)
4
(63.0)
1
(16.6)
4
(67.4)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
54
(864.3)
84
(1,349)
51
(825.5)
33
(530.8)
34
(544.2)
21
(330.5)
54
(836.8)
58
(895.9)
41
(636.4)
30
(472.2)
38
(631.5)
19
(320.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
100
(1,601)
88
(1,413)
91
(1,473)
67
(1,078)
84
(1,344)
61
(960.0)
114
(1,767)
74
(1,143)
60
(931.4)
53
(834.3)
59
(980.6)
66
(1,112)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
300
(4,802)
372
(5,973)
406
(6,572)
386
(6,209)
324
(5,186)
263
(4,139)
334
(5,176)
253
(3,908)
159
(2,468)
180
(2,833)
146
(2,426)
133
(2,241)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
19
(304.1)
28
(449.6)
25
(404.7)
19
(305.6)
21
(336.1)
11
(173.1)
4
(62.0)
6
(92.7)
6
(93.1)
16
(251.8)
10
(166.2)
10
(168.5)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(48.0)
5
(80.3)
4
(64.7)
1
(16.1)
2
(32.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.5)
2
(30.9)
4
(62.1)
1
(15.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)613.3767.2652.5591.1547.7404.0682.8432.2404.2361.9370.1305.6

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City-data.com crime index in Princeton, WV

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 22 (20 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.46
West Virginia average:

2.58
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Ancestries: American (19.6%), Irish (10.9%), English (9.6%), German (7.0%), Scotch-Irish (4.7%), European (2.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 2460 feet

Land area: 3.00 square miles.

Population density: 1,942 people per square mile   (low).

Princeton, West Virginia map

230 residents are foreign born (2.3% Latin America, 1.0% Europe, 0.5% Asia).

This city:

3.9%
West Virginia:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $629 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $385 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Roanoke, VA (63.0 miles , pop. 94,911).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (113.8 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (369.1 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Athens, WV (2.4 miles ),
Lashmeet, WV (2.6 miles ),
Oakvale, WV (2.7 miles),
Montcalm, WV (2.9 miles ),
Matoaka, WV (3.0 miles ),
Bluewell, WV (3.1 miles ),
Bluefield, WV (3.2 miles ),
Brush Fork, WV (3.3 miles )

Latitude: 37.37 N, Longitude: 81.10 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,926 (+99.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 970 (47.0%)

Area code: 304

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

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $58,000
  • 1999: 2 buildings, average cost: $46,800
  • 2000: 4 buildings, average cost: $61,400
  • 2001: 5 buildings, average cost: $88,600
  • 2005: 10 buildings, average cost: $175,200
  • 2006: 9 buildings, average cost: $75,900
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $52,500
  • 2008: 9 buildings, average cost: $90,100
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $90,100
  • 2013: 7 buildings, average cost: $69,300
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $72,000
  • 2015: 1 building, cost: $72,000
  • 2016: 1 building, cost: $72,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Princeton, WV residents
Average permit cost in Princeton, WV
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.9%
West Virginia:

5.3%
Historical population in Princeton, WV
Historical housing units in Princeton, WV
Most common industries in Princeton, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (15.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.7%)
  • Educational services (9.4%)
  • Construction (6.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.3%)
  • Public administration (3.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (11.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.8%)
  • Health care (8.7%)
  • Educational services (7.1%)
  • Machinery (4.7%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.4%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (23.2%)
  • Educational services (12.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.0%)
  • Social assistance (4.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Princeton, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Cashiers (5.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.6%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (9.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.7%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.3%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.3%)

Average climate in Princeton, West Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Princeton, West Virginia environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 14.3. This is significantly better than average.

City:

14.3
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 2.03. This is about average. Closest monitor was 9.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.03
U.S.:

1.79

Tornado activity:

Princeton-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 23.0 miles away from the Princeton city center injured 12 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/4/1974, a category F3 tornado 30.2 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:

Princeton-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 166.0 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 46.8 miles away from Princeton center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 50.6 miles away from Princeton 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 48.7 miles away from Princeton center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 161.3 miles away from Princeton center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 192.6 miles away from Princeton 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).
Princeton topographic map

Hospitals in Princeton:

  • CHURCH LANE GROUP HOME (226 CHURCH LANE)
  • H/S SOUTHERN HILLS REGIONAL REHAB (120 12TH ST)
  • OLD BLUEFIELD GROUP HOME (226 OLD BLUEFIELD ROAD)
  • PRINCETON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Government - Local, 122 12TH STREET)
  • THOMPSON GROUP HOME ("ROUTE 6, BOX 365")
  • VALLEY VIEW GROUP HOME (129 VALLEY VIEW DRIVE)

Nursing Homes in Princeton:

  • GLEN WOOD PARK, INC. (1924 GLEN WOOD PARK RD.)
  • PRINCETON HEALTH CARE CENTER (315 COURTHOUSE RD.)
  • PRINCETON SPECIAL CARE SERVICE (PRINCETON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL)

Dialysis Facilities in Princeton:

  • FMC - MERCER COUNTY (160 SPRINGHAVEN DR)

Home Health Centers in Princeton:

  • MOUNTAINEER HOME NURSING, INC (P O BOX 5469)
  • PCH HOME HEALTH (203 12TH STREET, EXT)

Heliports located in Princeton:

Colleges/Universities in Princeton:

  • Mercer County Technical Education Center (Full-time enrollment: 154; Location: 1397 Stafford Dr; Public; Website: www.edline.net/pages/mercer_county_technical_education_center)
  • Valley College-Princeton (Full-time enrollment: 114; Location: 616 Harrison St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.valley.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Princeton:

  • Concord University (about 7 miles; Athens, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,698)
  • Wytheville Community College (about 29 miles; Wytheville, VA; FT enrollment: 2,193)
  • New River Community College (about 29 miles; Dublin, VA; FT enrollment: 3,007)
  • New River Community and Technical College (about 31 miles; Beckley, WV; FT enrollment: 2,234)
  • Radford University (about 35 miles; Radford, VA; FT enrollment: 9,426)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (about 39 miles; Blacksburg, VA; FT enrollment: 30,984)
  • Roanoke College (about 58 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,316)

Public high schools in Princeton:

  • PRINCETON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,023, Location: 1321 STAFFORD DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • PIKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 643, Location: 3566 EADS MILL ROAD, Grades: 9-12)
  • SAM PERDUE JUVENILE CENTER (Location: 843 SHELTER ROAD, Grades: 8-12)
  • MERCER COUNTY TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER (Location: 1397 STAFFORD DRIVE, Grades: PK-12)

Private high school in Princeton:

  • MERCER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 156, Location: 314A OAKVALE RD, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Princeton:

  • GLENWOOD SCHOOL (Students: 720, Location: 1734 GLENWOOD PARK ROAD, Grades: KG-8)
  • PRINCETON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 622, Location: 300 N JOHNSTON ST, Grades: 6-8)
  • MERCER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 328, Location: 1200 MERCER STREET, Grades: 3-5)
  • STRALEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 207, Location: 810 STRALEY AVENUE, Grades: 3-5)
  • MELROSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 198, Location: 2121 ATHENS ROAD, Grades: KG-5)
  • OAKVALE SCHOOL (Location: 2503 GOODWINS CHAPEL RD, Grades: PK-5)
  • PRINCETON PRIMARY SCHOOL (Location: 180 TIGER DRIVE, Grades: KG-2)
  • PIKEVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL (Location: 3550 EADS MILL ROAD, Grades: 6-8)
See full list of schools located in Princeton

Library in Princeton:

  • PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $257,554; Location: 205 CENTER STREET; 104,606 books; 4,710 audio materials; 1,878 video materials; 12 state licensed databases; 162 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Princeton: Princeton Rescue Squad Incorporated Station 1 (A), Princeton Public Library (B), Princeton City Hall (C), HealthSouth Southern Hills Rehabilitation Hospital (D), Princeton Fire Department Station 1 (E), Princeton Fire Department Station 2 (F), Mercer County Courthouse (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Princeton include: Stumpy Bottom Church (A), Burke Memorial Baptist Church (B), Church of Christ (C), Church of God (D), Church of the Nazarene (E), First Baptist Church (F), First Church of Christ (G), First Church of God (H), First United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Resthaven Cemetery (1), Oakwood Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Douglas Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Glady Fork (A), Daves Fork (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Princeton: Princeton Youth Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Shooters Billard (Amusement & Theme Parks; 140 Brick Street).

Hotels: Four Seasons Antiques & Appraisals (460 East Drive), Super 8 Motel (901 Oakvale Road), Airway Motel (270 Courthouse Road), Comfort Inn Princeton (136 Ambrose Lane), Super 8 Princeton WV (901 Oakvale Road), Eden Rock Computers (504 Oakvale Road), Comfort Inn (US 460 & Ambrose Lane), Holiday Inn Express (805 Oakvale Road), Ramada Limited (1115 Oakvale Rd).

Courts: Mercer County - Magistrate Flanagan Ofc (1428 East Main Street), Mercer County Reappraisal Office (1422 East Main Street), Mercer County - Magistrate Compton Ofc (1428 East Main Street).

Birthplace of: Rod Thorn - Basketball player, Don Caruth - Politician, John Woods (baseball) - Baseball player, Greg Keatley - Baseball player.

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 Princeton and their reported violations in the past:

APPALACHIAN TEEN CHALLENGE FEMALE CENTER (Address: 1651 UNITY ROAD , Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JUN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAY-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-07-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-20-2013)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JUL-2012, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-03-2012), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-03-2012), St Compliance achieved (OCT-15-2012), St Public Notif received (OCT-17-2012)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JUL-01-2012, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (AUG-03-2012), St Compliance achieved (AUG-08-2012)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 39 regular monitoring violations
  • One other older monitoring violation
APPALACHIAN TEEN CHALLENGE (Address: 1651 UNITY ROAD , Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JUN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAY-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-01-2013), St Public Notif requested (DEC-12-2013), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-12-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-18-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2009 and DEC-2009, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-02-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-25-2010)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2009 and DEC-2009, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-02-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-25-2010)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
West Virginia:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

55.5%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.5%
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: 0.3% of all households
3 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

People in group quarters in Princeton in 2000:

  • 117 people in nursing homes
  • 16 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 11 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 8 people in other group homes

Banks with branches in Princeton (2011 data):

  • First Community Bank: Stafford Commons Branch, Princeton Branch, Princeton Crossing 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.
  • First Century Bank, Inc.: Springhaven Branch at 145 Springhaven Drive, branch established on 2001/07/30; Princeton Branch at 1215-A Pine Plaza Shopping Center, branch established on 1986/09/17. Info updated 2012/01/26: Bank assets: $417.5 mil, Deposits: $353.1 mil, headquarters in Bluefield, WV, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: First Century Bankshares, Inc.
  • City National Bank of West Virginia: Princeton Branch at 191 Greasy Ridge Road, branch established on 2007/11/26. Info updated 2008/01/10: Bank assets: $2,753.2 mil, Deposits: $2,223.1 mil, headquarters in Charleston, WV, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 68 total offices, Holding Company: City Holding Company
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Princeton-Bluefield Main Branch at 1309 Stafford Drive, branch established on 1977/02/24. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • New Peoples Bank, Inc.: Princeton Office Branch at 1221 Stafford Drive, branch established on 2001/09/20. Info updated 2007/08/21: Bank assets: $781.6 mil, Deposits: $709.1 mil, headquarters in Honaker, VA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 28 total offices, Holding Company: New Peoples Bankshares, Inc.
  • MCNB Bank and Trust Co.: South Walker Street Branch at 322 South Walker Street, branch established on 2003/02/25. 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 Princeton:

Marital status in Princeton, WV
  • Never married: 29.4%
  • Now married: 42.0%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 11.9%
  • Divorced: 16.0%

For population 25 years and over in Princeton:

  • High school or higher: 80.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.2%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.3
West Virginia average:

10.8

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

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Princeton, 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
Here:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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
Here:

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.
West Virginia:

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

6.20 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Mercer County:

13.5%
State:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.5%
West Virginia:

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

13.4%
West Virginia:

13.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Princeton:

48.7%
West Virginia:

50.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.2%
West Virginia:

47.3%

Average BMI:
Princeton:

29.0
West Virginia:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Princeton:

22.4%
West Virginia:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

14.2%
West Virginia:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Princeton:

6.9
West Virginia:

6.9

Overweight people:
Princeton:

35.7%
West Virginia:

34.2%

General health condition:
This city:

52.2%
State:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Princeton:

74.7%
State:

77.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Princeton, 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
Hospitals 947$3,851,354$48,803161$337,808
Police Protection - Officers 21$72,487$41,4210$0
Firefighters 13$49,826$45,9930$0
Streets and Highways 11$30,513$33,2870$0
Solid Waste Management 7$16,581$28,4250$0
Other Government Administration 4$16,818$50,4548$1,911
Parks and Recreation 3$7,356$29,42410$4,497
Financial Administration 2$7,803$46,8180$0
Police - Other 2$5,452$32,7120$0
Local Libraries 1$3,129$37,5488$7,695
Judicial and Legal 1$2,352$28,2240$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 0$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 1,012$4,063,671$48,186187$351,911

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $103,000 ($17.69)
    General - Other: $90,000 ($15.46)
    Parking Facilities: $40,000 ($6.87)
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $110,353,000 ($18954.48)
    Police Protection: $1,623,000 ($278.77)
    Local Fire Protection: $974,000 ($167.30)
    Regular Highways: $838,000 ($143.94)
    Solid Waste Management: $680,000 ($116.80)
    Central Staff Services: $355,000 ($60.98)
    Financial Administration: $236,000 ($40.54)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $235,000 ($40.36)
    General - Other: $115,000 ($19.75)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $100,000 ($17.18)
    General Public Buildings: $75,000 ($12.88)
    Parks and Recreation: $63,000 ($10.82)
    Public Welfare - Other: $17,000 ($2.92)
    Water Utilities: $4,000 ($0.69)
    Parking Facilities: $3,000 ($0.52)
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $4,276,000 ($734.46)
    Benefit Payments: $1,591,000 ($273.27)
    Corporate Bonds: $979,000 ($168.16)
    Total Cash and Deposits: $288,000 ($49.47)
    Withdrawals: $9,000 ($1.55)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,394,000 ($239.44)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Parks and Recreation: $146,000 ($25.08)
    Other - Libraries: $119,000 ($20.44)
    Other - Transit Utilities: $25,000 ($4.29)
    Other - Sewerage: $14,000 ($2.40)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $365,000 ($62.69)
    General Public Building: $162,000 ($27.83)
    Solid Waste Management: $150,000 ($25.76)
    Police Protection: $125,000 ($21.47)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $34,000 ($5.84)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($0.86)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $41,818,000 ($7182.76)

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

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $112,386,000 ($19303.68)
    Solid Waste Management: $642,000 ($110.27)
    Other: $29,000 ($4.98)
  • Employee Retirement - From Other Governments: $362,000 ($62.18)
    Local Employee Contribution: $106,000 ($18.21)
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $77,000 ($13.23)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $116,000 ($19.92)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $2,000 ($0.34)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,091,000 ($187.39)
    Rents: $632,000 ($108.55)
    Fines and Forfeits: $215,000 ($36.93)
    General Revenue - Other: $192,000 ($32.98)
    Donations From Private Sources: $18,000 ($3.09)
    Sale of Property: $3,000 ($0.52)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $25,000 ($4.29)
    Other: $24,000 ($4.12)
  • Tax - Occupation and Business License - Other: $3,116,000 ($535.21)
    Property: $828,000 ($142.22)
    Public Utilities Sales: $366,000 ($62.86)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $135,000 ($23.19)
    Other: $87,000 ($14.94)
    Amusements Sales: $77,000 ($13.23)
    Other License: $67,000 ($11.51)
    Other Selective Sales: $9,000 ($1.55)
    Motor Vehicle License: $8,000 ($1.37)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $4,000 ($0.69)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $30,545,000 ($5246.48)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $29,149,000 ($5006.70)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,396,000 ($239.78)

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

  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $571,000 ($98.08)
    Total Federal Securities: $304,000 ($52.22)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $22,120,000 ($3799.38)

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 Princeton, WV
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Lane Furniture2
AT&T1Little Caesars Pizza1
Advance Auto Parts1Long John Silver's1
Applebee's1Lowe's1
Arby's2McDonald's2
AutoZone1Microtel1
Blockbuster1Nike1
Burger King1Outback1
CVS1Outback Steakhouse1
Chevrolet1Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut1
Cracker Barrel1RadioShack1
Curves1Rite Aid1
Dairy Queen2Ryan's Grill1
Days Inn1SONIC Drive-In1
Domino's Pizza1Sleep Inn1
FedEx2Starbucks2
Ford1Subway3
GameStop1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1Toyota1
Hardee's2U-Haul3
Hilton1U.S. Cellular1
Holiday Inn1UPS6
Hyundai1Walgreens1
KFC1Walmart1
Kroger1Wendy's2
La-Z-Boy1

Strongest AM radio stations in Princeton:

  • WAEY (1490 AM; 1 kW; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: PRINCETON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WAMN (1050 AM; 1 kW; GREEN VALLEY, WV; Owner: WAMN, INC.)
  • WBDY (1190 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WHIS (1440 AM; 5 kW; BLUEFIELD, WV; 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)
  • WKNV (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FAIRLAWN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WJLS (560 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WKEZ (1240 AM; 1 kW; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WWNR (620 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: DYNASTAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFNR (710 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLACKSBURG, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WOAY (860 AM; 10 kW; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: COMMISSIONED COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Princeton:

  • WHAJ (104.5 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WHKX (106.3 FM; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WPIB (91.1 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WKOY-FM (100.9 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WSTG (95.9 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: PRINCETON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W244BB (96.7 FM; PRINCETON, WV; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WJLS-FM (99.5 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WMTD-FM (102.3 FM; HINTON, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • KHPR (88.1 FM; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WPIN-FM (91.5 FM; DUBLIN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WPSK-FM (107.1 FM; PULASKI, VA; Owner: NEW RIVER VALLEY RADIO PARTNERS, LLC)
  • WMEV-FM (93.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCIR-FM (103.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • 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)
  • WVTR (91.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WOLD-FM (102.5 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: EMERALD SOUND, INC.)
  • WROV-FM (96.3 FM; MARTINSVILLE, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

TV broadcast stations around Princeton:

  • WVVA (Channel 6; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: WVVA TELEVISON, INC.)
  • WLFB (Channel 40; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: LIVING FAITH MINISTRIES, INC.)
Princeton fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Princeton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 56Number of bridges
  • 440ft / 134mTotal length
  • $10,327,000Total costs
  • 315,811Total average daily traffic
  • 44,058Total average daily truck traffic
  • 302,570Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Princeton, WV - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 51930-1939
  • 31940-1949
  • 51950-1959
  • 71960-1969
  • 101970-1979
  • 71980-1989
  • 151990-1999
  • 42000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Princeton, WV

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 147. The highest number of fire incidents - 200 took place in 2011, and the least - 76 in 2003. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Princeton, WV When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (52.7%), and Outside Fires (30.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Princeton, WV
    • 1,24252.7%Structure Fires
    • 70830.0%Outside Fires
    • 29612.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 1124.7%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Princeton, WV

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

  • Budget Inn, 409 Thorn St, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 425-3585
  • Days Inn, 347 Meadowfield Ln, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 425-8100, Fax: (304) 487-1734
  • Comfort Inn Princeton, 136 Ambrose Ln, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 487-6101, Fax: (304) 425-7002
  • Ramada Limited, 1115 Oakvale Rd, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 425-8711, Fax: (304) 487-9785
  • Super 8, 901 Oakvale Rd, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 487-6161, Fax: (304) 487-6161
  • Holiday Inn Express, 805 Oakvale Rd, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 425-8156, Fax: (304) 425-1080
  • Country Inn & Suites, 111 Halls Ridge Rd, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 425-2200, Fax: (304) 425-2201
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 250 Ambrose Ln, Princeton, West Virginia 24739 , Phone: (304) 487-3885, Fax: (304) 487-0601
  • Hampton Inn, 277 Meadowfield Ln, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 , Phone: (304) 431-2580, Fax: (304) 431-2366
All 9 fire-safe hotels and motels in Princeton, West Virginia
Most common first names in Princeton, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James29570.8 years
William25973.5 years
Mary20978.4 years
John19574.8 years
Robert15871.2 years
Charles13172.4 years
George10373.8 years
Virginia9277.3 years
Helen7977.9 years
Thomas6872.6 years
Most common last names in Princeton, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bailey15575.4 years
Smith12974.1 years
White12974.9 years
Thompson8773.9 years
Blankenship7768.0 years
Jones7774.6 years
Hall7075.8 years
Martin7075.4 years
Hill6874.4 years
Meadows6575.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Princeton, WV
  • 51.8%Utility gas
  • 42.2%Electricity
  • 3.2%Wood
  • 2.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Princeton, WV
  • 67.0%Electricity
  • 31.6%Utility gas
  • 1.4%No fuel used


Princeton compared to West Virginia state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Princeton on our top lists:

  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: health technologists and technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #20 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+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: office and administrative support occupations (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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