Smithers, West Virginia

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Population in 2013: 802 (96% urban, 4% rural). Population change since 2000: -11.3%
 
Males: 327  (40.9%)
Females: 475  (59.1%)
Median resident age:  45.8 years
West Virginia median age:  41.7 years

Zip codes: 25036, 25186.

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Estimated median household income in 2013: $24,893 (it was $20,417 in 2000)
Smithers:

$24,893
WV:

$41,253

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $17,929 (it was $12,807 in 2000)

Smithers city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $79,103 (it was $51,400 in 2000)
Smithers:

$79,103
WV:

$103,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $89,278; Detached houses: $98,218; Townhouses or other attached units: $381,775; In 2-unit structures: $35,656; Mobile homes: $30,882

Median gross rent in 2013: $430.

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  • Races in Smithers, WV (2010)

    Smithers races chart
    • 72589.2%White alone
    • 647.9%Black alone
    • 131.6%Two or more races
    • 60.7%Hispanic
    • 50.6%American Indian alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Smithers: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (20.6%), German (14.9%), Italian (12.7%), English (8.0%), United States (4.4%), Hungarian (2.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 643 feet

Land area: 0.54 square miles.

Population density: 1,497 people per square mile   (low).

Smithers, West Virginia map

For population 25 years and over in Smithers:

  • High school or higher: 79.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Smithers city:

  • Never married: 34.7%
  • Now married: 30.1%
  • Separated: 0.4%
  • Widowed: 17.3%
  • Divorced: 17.5%



According to our research of West Virginia and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Smithers, West Virginia as of July 28, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Smithers to the number of sex offenders is 808 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $519 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $302 (0.4%)

Smithers satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Charleston, WV (21.4 miles , pop. 53,421).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Columbus, OH (154.6 miles , pop. 711,470).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (353.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Montgomery, WV (1.1 miles ), Boomer, WV (1.5 miles ), Kimberly, WV (1.7 miles ), Mount Carbon, WV (1.7 miles ), Handley, WV (1.8 miles ), Deep Water, WV (2.0 miles ), Falls View, WV (2.2 miles ), Pratt, WV (2.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $20,000

Latitude: 38.18 N, Longitude: 81.31 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 304

Smithers household income distribution Smithers home values distribution

Crime rates in Smithers by Year
Type 2001 2003 2004 2005
Murders 0000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.0
Rapes 0000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.0
Robberies 1022
per 100,000 111.00.0229.6231.5
Assaults 8322
per 100,000 887.9340.9229.6231.5
Burglaries 167105
per 100,000 1,775.8795.51,148.1578.7
Thefts 63332229
per 100,000 6,992.23,750.02,525.83,356.5
Auto thefts 1300
per 100,000 111.0340.90.00.0
Arson 0000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 320.2) 601.5290.4285.7280.2

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Crime rate in Smithers detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 4 (3 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.72
West Virginia average:

1.92
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.9%
West Virginia:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -256 (-22.1%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (27%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (11%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Retail trade (24%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Information (2%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (20%)
  • Production occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (29%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

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

Average climate in Smithers, West Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Smithers-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 143.3 miles away from the city 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 234.2 miles away from Smithers 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 75.5 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 139.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 79.5 miles away from Smithers center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 237.0 miles away from the city 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 Fayette County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Landslides: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Smithers topographic map

Birthplace of: Gino Marchetti - Player of football.

Hospitals and medical centers near Smithers:

  • MONTGOMERY GEN. ELDERLY CARE (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; MONTGOMERY, WV)
  • FMC - OAK HILL (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; FAYETTEVILLE, WV)
  • FAYETTE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER, LLC (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; FAYETTEVILLE, WV)

Amtrak stations near Smithers:

  • 1 miles: MONTGOMERY (WASHINGTON ST. & 3RD AVE.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
  • 20 miles: THURMOND (C & O DEPOT)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Smithers:

  • New River Community and Technical College (about 28 miles; Beckley, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,234)
  • West Virginia State University (about 29 miles; Institute, WV; FT enrollment: 2,133)
  • Concord University (about 55 miles; Athens, WV; FT enrollment: 2,698)
  • Marshall University (about 64 miles; Huntington, WV; FT enrollment: 11,450)
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (about 73 miles; Parkersburg, WV; FT enrollment: 2,619)
  • Ashland Community and Technical College (about 76 miles; Ashland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,482)
  • New River Community College (about 82 miles; Dublin, VA; FT enrollment: 3,007)

Public high school in Smithers:

Public elementary/middle school in Smithers:

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

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Smithers Creek (A), Blake Branch (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Fayette County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 72.0. This is about average.

City:

72.0
U.S.:

74.2

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 4.14. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 19.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.14
U.S.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 31.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 15.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 1.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 10.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 21.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.8
U.S.:

9.1

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 0.00355. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00355
U.S.:

0.01468
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 33.0%
(28.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 68.5% for Black residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 66.7% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.0 people
West Virginia:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  53.3%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.7%
Whole state:  6.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Smithers compared to West Virginia state average:

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

Banks with branches in Smithers (2011 data):

  • United Bank: Smithers Branch at U.S. Route 60, branch established on 1984/03/22. Info updated 2007/09/20: Bank assets: $3,625.4 mil, Deposits: $3,023.8 mil, headquarters in Parkersburg, WV, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 56 total offices, Holding Company: United Bankshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.6
West Virginia average:

11.3

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (51%)
  • Electricity (49%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Smithers city (based on Fayette County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant7,33566
Evangelical Protestant5,90463
Catholic1,5933
Black Protestant2312
Other222
None30,954-
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: 16
Fayette County:

3.46 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
Fayette County:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
Fayette County:

6.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 31
Here:

6.70 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

12.3%
West Virginia:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Fayette County:

31.2%
West Virginia:

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

7.5%
State:

13.1%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 3$4,307$17,2280$0
Police Protection - Officers 3$4,753$19,0127$6,507
Police - Other 1$1,742$20,9040$0
Firefighters 0$0 1$588
Solid Waste Management 3$6,519$26,0760$0
Sewerage 2$4,173$25,0380$0
Totals for Government 12$21,494$21,4948$7,095

5.02% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,603 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.02%
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 Raleigh County, WV  1.10% ($31,307 average AGI)
from Kanawha County, WV  0.60% ($28,618)
from Nicholas County, WV  0.30% ($33,933)


5.16% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,670 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.16%
West Virginia average:

5.13%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Raleigh County, WV  1.25% ($32,387 average AGI)
to Kanawha County, WV  0.77% ($25,781)
to Nicholas County, WV  0.28% ($33,585)

Strongest AM radio stations in Smithers:

  • WMON (1340 AM; 1 kW; MONTGOMERY, WV; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS OF KENTUCKY, LLC)
  • WCAW (680 AM; 10 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WOAY (860 AM; 10 kW; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: COMMISSIONED COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WIWS (1070 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WCHS (580 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WJLS (560 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WWNR (620 AM; 5 kW; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: DYNASTAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WVTS (950 AM; 5 kW; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WSCW (1410 AM; daytime; 5 kW; SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS OF KENTUCKY, LLC)
  • WTVN (610 AM; 50 kW; COLUMBUS, OH; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WYKM (1250 AM; 5 kW; RUPERT, WV; Owner: MT. STATE B. CO., INC.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBGS (1030 AM; daytime; 10 kW; POINT PLEASANT, WV; Owner: BIG RIVER RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Smithers:

  • WKVW (93.3 FM; MONTGOMERY, WV; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • WCIR-FM (103.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WKAZ (107.3 FM; MIAMI, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WXAF (90.9 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: MARANATHA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDBS (97.1 FM; SUTTON, WV; Owner: SUMMIT MEDIA BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WAXS (94.1 FM; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: PLATEAU BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WKLC-FM (105.1 FM; ST. ALBANS, WV; Owner: WKLC, INC.)
  • WVPB (91.7 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WVPN (88.5 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WMTD-FM (102.3 FM; HINTON, WV; Owner: SOUTHERN COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WKWS (96.1 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WTNJ (105.9 FM; MOUNT HOPE, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRVZ (98.7 FM; POCATALICO, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WVAF (99.9 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION OF CHARLESTON)
  • WZAC-FM (92.5 FM; DANVILLE, WV; Owner: PRICE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMLJ (90.5 FM; SUMMERSVILLE, WV; Owner: GRACE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WJLS-FM (99.5 FM; BECKLEY, WV; Owner: FIRST MEDIA RADIO, LLC)
  • WCWV (92.9 FM; SUMMERSVILLE, WV; Owner: R-S BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WZJO (94.5 FM; DUNBAR, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC)
  • WVSR-FM (102.7 FM; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Smithers:

  • WVAH-TV (Channel 11; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WVAH LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WOAY-TV (Channel 4; OAK HILL, WV; Owner: THOMAS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WCHS-TV (Channel 8; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: WCHS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WLPX-TV (Channel 29; CHARLESTON, WV; Owner: PAXSON CHARLESTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • WPBY-TV (Channel 33; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)

Smithers fatal accident list:

Aug 16, 1979 07:40 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jun 10, 1977 03:55 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Jul 14, 1977 02:14 AM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 12m39ftTotal length
  • $2,439,000Total costs
  • 9,200Total average daily traffic
  • 994Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Us Hwy 60 (Lat: 38.699167 Lon: -81.982778), Call Sign: WQCD812
    Assigned Frequencies: 30.8400 MHz, 154.540 MHz, 33.4000 MHz, 33.1600 MHz, 31.2400 MHz, 468.487 MHz, 468.762 MHz, 468.837 MHz, 469.637 MHz, 469.662 MHz... (+21 more)
    Grant Date: 02/09/2005, Expiration Date: 02/09/2015, Certifier: Beth Cotner
    Registrant: Dolfen Consulting Group, 95 Willow Lane, Bristol, IL 60512-9711, Phone: (630) 553-5886, Fax: (630) 566-1755, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KB8DSK
    Grant Date: 03/21/1997, Expiration Date: 03/21/2007, Cancellation Date: 03/25/2009
    Registrant: Alan D Woody, 31 Stockton St, Smithers, WV 25186
  • Call Sign: KC8DZC
    Grant Date: 05/28/1996, Expiration Date: 05/28/2006, Cancellation Date: 05/29/2008
    Registrant: Aaron C Conley, Smithers, WV 25186

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 17
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Smithers, WV
Most common first names in Smithers, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James2472.6 years
John1776.7 years
Charles1773.2 years
William1269.7 years
Robert1270.6 years
Thomas971.1 years
Mary780.1 years
Walter776.0 years
Betty672.7 years
Helen670.7 years
Most common last names in Smithers, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith783.0 years
Myers767.5 years
Dalporto779.5 years
Edelman779.1 years
White773.4 years
Miller772.7 years
Taylor674.7 years
Simms572.6 years
Perry573.0 years
Giannini569.2 years
Businesses in Smithers, WV
NameCountNameCount
H&R Block1Rite Aid1
Kroger1Subway1
McDonald's1U-Haul1
Pizza Hut1
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