Terra Alta, West Virginia

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Population in 2019: 1,500 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +3.0%
 
Males: 725  (48.4%)
Females: 775  (51.6%)
Median resident age:

36.0 years
West Virginia median age:

42.9 years

Zip codes: 26764.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $36,218 (it was $25,388 in 2000)
Terra Alta:

$36,218
WV:

$48,850

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $18,388 (it was $12,040 in 2000)

Terra Alta town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $68,863 (it was $42,100 in 2000)
Terra Alta:

$68,863
WV:

$124,600

Median gross rent in 2019: $625.

March 2019 cost of living index in Terra Alta: 83.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 23.7%
(23.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 73.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Terra Alta, WV (2019)
    • 1,67397.8%White alone
    • 171.0%Hispanic
    • 120.7%Black alone
    • 80.5%Two or more races

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



According to our research of West Virginia and other state lists, there were 15 registered sex offenders living in Terra Alta, West Virginia as of May 10, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Terra Alta is 106 to 1.


Crime rates in Terra Alta by year

Type

2011

2012

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
1
(67.6)
1
(67.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
4
(270.5)
0
(0.0)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
1
(67.6)
3
(201.7)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
1
(67.6)
0
(0.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index40.621.5

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Terra Alta, WV

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 2 (2 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.33
West Virginia average:

2.29
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Ancestries: American (53.3%), German (23.4%), English (2.5%), Irish (2.4%), Italian (1.5%), Scottish (1.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 2559 feet

Land area: 1.19 square miles.

Population density: 1,257 people per square mile   (low).

Terra Alta, West Virginia map

3 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.2%
West Virginia:

1.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $489 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $326 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pittsburgh, PA (72.7 miles , pop. 334,563).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (237.1 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Hutton, MD (2.0 miles),
Crellin, MD (2.4 miles ),
Albright, WV (2.5 miles ),
Kingwood, WV (2.8 miles ),
Oakland, MD (2.8 miles ),
Aurora, WV (2.9 miles ),
Mountain Lake Park, MD (3.0 miles ),
Rowlesburg, WV (3.1 miles )

Latitude: 39.44 N, Longitude: 79.54 W

Area code: 304

Distribution of median household income in Terra Alta, WV in 2019
Distribution of house value in Terra Alta, WV in 2019
Terra Alta satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.7%
West Virginia:

5.7%
Most common industries in Terra Alta, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (18.8%)
  • Educational services (7.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.0%)
  • Wood products (4.5%)
  • Public administration (4.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.2%)
  • Construction (4.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (8.7%)
  • Wood products (7.6%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (6.7%)
  • Public administration (6.7%)
  • Health care (6.2%)
  • Construction (5.9%)
  • Truck transportation (4.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (34.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.1%)
  • Educational services (6.9%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (4.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.5%)
  • Personal & laundry services (3.8%)
Most common occupations in Terra Alta, WV (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Extraction workers (5.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.2%)
  • Other protective service workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (14.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (10.8%)
  • Cashiers (5.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.2%)

Average climate in Terra Alta, West Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Terra Alta, West Virginia average temperatures Terra Alta, West Virginia average precipitation Terra Alta, West Virginia humidity Terra Alta, West Virginia wind speed Terra Alta, West Virginia snowfall Terra Alta, West Virginia sunshine Terra Alta, West Virginia clear and cloudy days

Terra Alta, West Virginia environmental map by EPA

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 39.9. This is significantly better than average.

City:

39.9
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 1.33. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 14.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.33
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 30.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.7
U.S.:

33.3
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2014 was 0.00291. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 24.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00291
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Terra Alta-area historical tornado activity is slightly above West Virginia state average. It is 58% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/3/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.9 miles away from the Terra Alta town center injured 19 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/19/1967, a category F3 tornado 12.3 miles away from the town center killed one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Terra Alta-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above West Virginia state average. It is 45% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 137.1 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 148.5 miles away from Terra Alta center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 171.7 miles away from Terra Alta center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 222.0 miles away from Terra Alta center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 252.0 miles away from Terra Alta center
On 8/25/2011 at 05:07:52, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 4.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 134.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Preston County (20) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 9, Landslides: 5, Mudslides: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Terra Alta topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Terra Alta:

  • TERRA ALTA CHILDREN'S HOME (101 EAST VIEW DRIVE)
  • HOPEMONT HOSPITAL (ROUTE 3, BOX 330)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Terra Alta:

  • PRESTON MEMORIAL HOMECARE (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; KINGWOOD, WV)
  • HEARTLAND OF PRESTON COUNTY (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; KINGWOOD, WV)
  • PRESTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 8 miles away; KINGWOOD, WV)
  • OAKLAND NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; OAKLAND, MD)
  • IDF - GARRETT DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 9 miles away; OAKLAND, MD)
  • GARRETT CNTY HLTH DEPT (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; OAKLAND, MD)
  • HOSPICE OF GARRETT COUNTY (Hospital, about 9 miles away; OAKLAND, MD)

Airports located in Terra Alta:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Terra Alta:

  • West Virginia University (about 26 miles; Morgantown, WV; Full-time enrollment: 27,429)
  • Fairmont State University (about 34 miles; Fairmont, WV; FT enrollment: 3,714)
  • Frostburg State University (about 36 miles; Frostburg, MD; FT enrollment: 4,944)
  • Allegany College of Maryland (about 46 miles; Cumberland, MD; FT enrollment: 2,407)
  • Waynesburg University (about 47 miles; Waynesburg, PA; FT enrollment: 2,080)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (about 47 miles; California, PA; FT enrollment: 7,773)
  • Westmoreland County Community College (about 55 miles; Youngwood, PA; FT enrollment: 4,669)

Public elementary/middle school in Terra Alta:

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Library in Terra Alta:

  • TERRA ALTA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $60,061; Location: 701B EAST STATE AVENUE; 63,263 books; 1,451 audio materials; 716 video materials; 12 state licensed databases; 73 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Terra Alta: Terra Alta Volunteer Fire Department (A), Terra Alta Community Ambulance Squad (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Terra Alta include: Independent United Brethren Church (A), Pilgrim Holiness Church (B), Saint Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church (C), Terra Alta Baptist Church (D), Terra Alta First United Methodist Church (E), Terra Alta United Presbyterian Church (F), Trinity United Methodist Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: The Preston County Historical Society (Museums; 109 East Washington Avenue).

Hotels: Bill's Place (Aurora Avenue.), Alpine Lake Resort (Route 2 Box 99 D2), Clutter Realty (Route 2 Box 100 B3).

Preston 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 Terra Alta and their reported violations in the past:

CAMP GALILEE (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In SEP-2010, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2010), St Public Notif requested (NOV-05-2010), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-05-2010), St Public Notif received (MAR-21-2011)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In AUG-2010, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2010), St Public Notif requested (OCT-19-2010), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-19-2010), St Public Notif received (NOV-01-2010)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In JUL-2010, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-10-2010), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-10-2010), St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2010)
BACKROADS LLC (Address: 1019 CORINTH MINE ROAD , Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAR-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (APR-01-2012), St Public Notif requested (MAY-11-2012), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-11-2012), St Public Notif received (MAY-29-2012)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In APR-2011, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-01-2011), St Public Notif requested (JUN-08-2011), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-08-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-27-2011)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JUL-2010, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-01-2010), St Public Notif requested (SEP-10-2010), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-10-2010), St Public Notif received (JUN-08-2011)
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
  • 3 regular monitoring violations

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

  • TERRA ALTA WATER WORKS (Address: 701-A EAST STATE AVENUE , Population served: 1,488, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater under infl of surface water)
  • ALPINE LAKE PUBLIC UTILITIES (Address: 1813 ALPINE LAKE ROAD , Population served: 1,308, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.4 people
West Virginia:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

64.6%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

11.0%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
5 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional) in 2010
10 people in homes for the mentally ill in 2000

Banks with branches in Terra Alta (2011 data):

  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Terra Alta Branch at 1003 East State Avenue, branch established on 1909/10/08. 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
  • Clear Mountain Bank: The Terra Alta Bank Branch at 1101 East State Street, branch established on 1891/10/21. Info updated 2010/05/28: Bank assets: $425.8 mil, Deposits: $376.0 mil, headquarters in Bruceton Mills, WV, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: State Bancorp, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Terra Alta:

Marital status in Terra Alta, WV
  • Never married: 21.5%
  • Now married: 52.9%
  • Separated: 3.0%
  • Widowed: 5.9%
  • Divorced: 16.8%

For population 25 years and over in Terra Alta:

  • High school or higher: 84.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 3.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.1%
  • Unemployed: 6.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.6
West Virginia average:

11.0

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Terra Alta
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Terra Alta, WV (based on Preston County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,77761
Evangelical Protestant2,30237
Catholic1,3495
Other3663
None24,726-
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: 5
Preston County:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 21
Here:

6.95 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Preston County:

4.30 / 10,000 pop.
West Virginia:

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

11.6%
West Virginia:

12.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Preston County:

29.0%
West Virginia:

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

8.6%
West Virginia:

13.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.6%
West Virginia:

50.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.2%
West Virginia:

47.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.7
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Terra Alta:

22.3%
West Virginia:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Terra Alta:

9.3%
State:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
State:

6.9

Overweight people:
Terra Alta:

35.6%
West Virginia:

34.2%

General health condition:
Terra Alta:

53.9%
West Virginia:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Terra Alta:

76.8%
West Virginia:

77.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Terra Alta, WV Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Solid Waste Management 3$6,477$25,9080$0
Water Supply 3$8,857$35,4281$40
Police Protection - Officers 2$2,356$14,1360$0
Financial Administration 2$4,575$27,4500$0
Sewerage 2$4,854$29,1243$120
Streets and Highways 1$2,354$28,2480$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$80
Other Government Administration 0$0 9$1,993
Totals for Government 13$29,472$27,20514$2,233

Terra Alta government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Solid Waste Management: $288,000 ($192.00)
    Water Utilities: $274,000 ($182.67)
    Parks and Recreation: $232,000 ($154.67)
    Sewerage: $196,000 ($130.67)
    Central Staff Services: $159,000 ($106.00)
    Regular Highways: $94,000 ($62.67)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $15,000 ($10.00)
    Police Protection: $11,000 ($7.33)
    Local Fire Protection: $5,000 ($3.33)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $12,000 ($8.00)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $15,000 ($10.00)
    Water Utilities: $8,000 ($5.33)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $247,000 ($164.67)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $218,000 ($145.33)

Terra Alta government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $424,000 ($282.67)
    Solid Waste Management: $234,000 ($156.00)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $18,000 ($12.00)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $41,000 ($27.33)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $40,000 ($26.67)
    General Revenue - Other: $26,000 ($17.33)
    Fines and Forfeits: $6,000 ($4.00)
    Interest Earnings: $3,000 ($2.00)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $417,000 ($278.00)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $19,000 ($12.67)
    General Local Government Support: $4,000 ($2.67)
  • Tax - Public Utilities Sales: $123,000 ($82.00)
    Property: $101,000 ($67.33)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $7,000 ($4.67)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $7,000 ($4.67)
    Other License: $3,000 ($2.00)

Terra Alta government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,526,000 ($3684.00)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,297,000 ($3531.33)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $229,000 ($152.67)

Terra Alta government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $365,000 ($243.33)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $544,000 ($362.67)

4.54% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,393 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.54%
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 Monongalia County, WV  1.99% ($45,814 average AGI)
from Garrett County, MD  0.25% ($32,533)
from Marion County, WV  0.19% ($39,087)


4.34% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($38,650 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.34%
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 Monongalia County, WV  1.33% ($39,044 average AGI)
to Garrett County, MD  0.27% ($30,688)
to Marion County, WV  0.22% ($41,808)

Businesses in Terra Alta, WV

  • Dairy Queen: 1
  • Subway: 1
  • U-Haul: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Terra Alta:

  • WMSG (1050 AM; 1 kW; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: OAKLAND MEDIA GROUP, INC)
  • KDKA (1020 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WFSP (1560 AM; daytime; 1 kW; KINGWOOD, WV; Owner: WFSP, INC.)
  • WFRB (560 AM; 5 kW; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WWVA (1170 AM; 53 kW; WHEELING, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WVSC (990 AM; 10 kW; SOMERSET, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN, INC.)
  • WMMN (920 AM; 5 kW; FAIRMONT, WV; Owner: FANTASIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WAJR (1440 AM; 5 kW; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WKCW (1420 AM; 50 kW; WARRENTON, VA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLYE (850 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN, INC.)
  • WCLG (1300 AM; 3 kW; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: BOWERS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WSVA (550 AM; 10 kW; HARRISONBURG, VA; Owner: M. BELMONT VERSTANDIG, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Terra Alta:

  • WWHC (92.3 FM; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: OAKLAND MEDIA GROUP, INC)
  • WKMM (96.7 FM; KINGWOOD, WV; Owner: MARPAT CORPORATION)
  • WFSP-FM (107.7 FM; KINGWOOD, WV; Owner: WFSP, INC.)
  • WVPM (90.9 FM; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • W242AD (96.3 FM; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WKHJ (104.5 FM; MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK, MD; Owner: SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, INC.)
  • WWPN (101.1 FM; WESTERNPORT, MD; Owner: ERNEST F. SANTMYIRE)
  • WOGG (94.9 FM; OLIVER, PA; Owner: KEYMARKET LICENSES, LLC)
  • WRIJ (106.9 FM; MASONTOWN, PA; Owner: HE'S ALIVE INC.)
  • WROG (102.9 FM; CUMBERLAND, MD; Owner: TSCHUDY RADIO, INC)
  • WFWM (91.9 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WKGO (106.1 FM; CUMBERLAND, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WLIC (97.1 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: HE'S ALIVE, INC.)
  • WQWV (103.7 FM; FISHER, WV; Owner: MCGUIRE BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WDZN (100.1 FM; ROMNEY, WV; Owner: CHARTER EQUITIES, INC.)
  • WQZS (93.3 FM; MEYERSDALE, PA; Owner: ROGER WAHL)
  • WFRB-FM (105.3 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WQZK-FM (94.1 FM; KEYSER, WV; Owner: STARCAST SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • WKKW (97.9 FM; FAIRMONT, WV; Owner: DESCENDANTS TRUST, LAUREN M.KELLEY, TRUSTEE)
  • WBHZ (91.9 FM; ELKINS, WV; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Terra Alta:

  • WGPT (Channel 36; OAKLAND, MD; Owner: MARYLAND PUBLIC BROADCASTING COMMISSION)
  • WNPB-TV (Channel 24; MORGANTOWN, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)

Terra Alta fatal accident list:

May 28, 2016 04:40 PM, Sr-7, Lat: 39.441897, Lon: -79.534692, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Jul 24, 2014 07:37 PM, Cr-51, Lat: 39.381467, Lon: -79.612478, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Aug 14, 2014 02:28 PM, Sr-7, Lat: 39.443714, Lon: -79.543225, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Nov 23, 2013 07:46 PM, Sr-7, Lat: 39.455519, Lon: -79.572900, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Dec 11, 2010 01:00 AM, Cr-28, Lat: 39.526289, Lon: -79.551144, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Oct 21, 2004 08:44 PM, Sr-7, E High Street, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Sep 2, 1991 11:10 PM, 7, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 36ft / 11.1mTotal length
  • $2,057,000Total costs
  • 5,205Total average daily traffic
  • 698Total average daily truck traffic
  • 7,318Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Terra Alta)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

47 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

5
  • Div Of Hwys Substation Rt 7 (Lat: 39.438139 Lon: -79.515333), Structure height: 9 m, Call Sign: WPAB569,
    Assigned Frequencies: 47.1800 MHz, 47.2400 MHz, 47.2800 MHz, 47.3600 MHz, Grant Date: 06/05/2012, Expiration Date: 07/21/2022, Registrant: State Of West Virginia Division Of Highways, Buckhannon, WV 26201, Phone: (304) 473-5337, Fax: (304) 473-4256, Email:
  • Water Tank Lakin Ave (Lat: 39.448972 Lon: -79.544500), Type: Tank, Structure height: 27 m, Overall height: 28 m, Call Sign: WPMQ454, Licensee ID: L00610065,
    Assigned Frequencies: 173.210 MHz, Grant Date: 11/04/1998, Expiration Date: 11/04/2003, Cancellation Date: 01/04/2004, Certifier: Charles R Seather, Registrant: Terra Alta, Town Of, 701-A E.State Avenue, Terra Alta, WV 26764, Phone: (304) 789-6664, Fax: (304) 789-6664
  • 2 Miles South Of (Lat: 39.420083 Lon: -79.548111), Call Sign: KQJ739,
    Assigned Frequencies: 33.3800 MHz, Grant Date: 08/04/2011, Expiration Date: 10/21/2021, Certifier: Robert E Smith, Registrant: Spectrum And Licensing Services, 11 Lee Street, Hanover, PA 17331, Phone: (717) 630-0816, Fax: (717) 637-8300, Email:
  • 1.6 Km S Hwy 7 Near Lookout Tower Briery Mtn, 5.8 Km W (Lat: 39.442861 Lon: -79.608111), Type: Tower, Structure height: 42 m, Call Sign: WPUW999,
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.590 MHz, Grant Date: 03/13/2012, Expiration Date: 05/20/2022, Certifier: Michael D Jones, Registrant: Mountaineer Gas Company, 2401 Sissonville Drive, Charleston, WV 25387, Phone: (304) 340-4035, Fax: (304) 348-1610, Email:
  • 150 Hopemont Drive (Lat: 39.437778 Lon: -79.519306), Call Sign: WRCX401,
    Assigned Frequencies: 467.250 MHz, 468.337 MHz, 469.275 MHz, Grant Date: 02/19/2019, Expiration Date: 02/19/2029, Certifier: Dennis Reckart, Registrant: National License, 12591 Brompton Road, Carmel, IN 46033, Phone: (317) 564-8018, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Terra Alta)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

9 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Terra Alta)

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 20. The highest number of reported fires - 36 took place in 2012, and the least - 9 in 2017. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Terra Alta, WV When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (61.8%), and Outside Fires (23.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Terra Alta, WV
    • 19661.8%Structure Fires
    • 7323.0%Outside Fires
    • 4514.2%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 30.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Terra Alta, WV
Most common first names in Terra Alta, WV among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Charles4170.6 years
Mary3477.4 years
James3368.3 years
Robert3067.5 years
John3076.0 years
William2777.5 years
Harry2175.7 years
George2075.9 years
Joseph1570.6 years
Thomas1477.5 years
Most common last names in Terra Alta, WV among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Lewis2872.8 years
Sisler2175.4 years
Metheny1881.1 years
Shaffer1778.0 years
Wolfe1672.9 years
Ringer1578.0 years
Taylor1579.1 years
Smith1476.0 years
Kelly1476.9 years
Bolyard1378.2 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Terra Alta, WV
  • 70.7%Utility gas
  • 16.5%Electricity
  • 6.5%Wood
  • 3.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.0%Coal or coke
  • 0.8%Other fuel
  • 0.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Terra Alta, WV
  • 45.9%Utility gas
  • 43.0%Electricity
  • 5.2%Wood
  • 4.1%Other fuel
  • 1.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Terra Alta compared to West Virginia state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

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