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Overview

Introduction to Beckley, West Virginia

Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh county, is 46 miles SE of Charleston, West Virginia and 177 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Beckley History

The city of Beckley is the county seat of Raleigh County. The city was established in 1838 and named in honor of John James Beckley, the first Librarian of Congress and the House of Representative’s first clerk. The city was established by his son Alfred Beckley.

Beckley and nearby Attractions

  • Little Beaver State Park
  • Avampato Discovery Museum
  • Bluestone State Park
  • Hawks Nest State Park
  • Cultural Center
  • Twin Falls Resort State Park

Things To Do In Beckley

The New River Industrial Park, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building and the Youth Museum of Southwestern West Virginia are popular local spots. The city hosts the Appalachian Festival every August.

Beckley Transportation

Charlotte/Douglas International is the closest major airport.

Beckley Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Concord College, West Virginia State College and Radford University.

People

Total Population 17,375
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,392
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 40.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,017
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,404
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,139

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,597
% Above Poverty Level 78.2%
% Below Poverty Level 21.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.5%
Median Gross Rent $667
Median House Value $108,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 8.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beckley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles SE of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 177 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Raleigh
Standard Zip Codes 25801
P.O. Box Zip Codes 25802, 25926
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.778
Longitude -81.188

Beckley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BECKLEY VA HOSPITAL
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 35 to 62 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Station BECKLEY AP
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 41.6 inches
Station OAK HILL
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Beckley, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cranberry (25801)

East Beckley (25801)

Sprague (25802, 25926)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lester 334 $43,500
Mabscott 1,387 $75,200
Mount Hope 1,271 $32,500
Pax 151 $33,750
Rhodell 212 $52,625
Sophia 1,356 $43,068

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beckley Public Libraries

Library
Raleigh County Public Library
221 N. KANAWHA ST.
Beckley, West Virginia
(304) 255-0511
Library Web Site

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Beckley Hospitals

RALEIGH GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1710 HARPER ROAD
(304) 256-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

BECKLEY ARH HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
306 STANAFORD ROAD
(304) 255-3456
Emergency Service: Yes

Beckley VA Medical Center
(VA)
200 Veterans Avenue
304-255-2121 or 877-902-5142
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Beckley High Schools

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WOODROW WILSON HIGH SCHOOL
400 STANAFORD RD
304-256-4646
Serves 1,380 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

BURLINGTON BECKLEY CENTER
4700 ROBERT C. BYRD DRIVE
304-637-0351
A Title I School.
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

ACADEMY OF CAREERS AND TECHNOLOGY
390 STANAFORD ROAD
304-256-4615
A Vocational School

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