Introduction to Bluefield, Vermont

Bluefield, West Virginia, in Mercer county, is 70 miles W of Roanoke, Virginia and 142 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina. About 11,451 people live in Bluefield.

Bluefield History

Bluefield was established in the late 1800s. It was preceded by the arrival of the first coal speculators in southern West Virginia’s Pocahontas coalfields. The community eventually became the coalfield area’s most important social and commercial center. In 1904, the first fire fighting brigades were introduced, eventually becoming an integral part of the area. The city of Bluefield was officially incorporated in 1889.

Bluefield and nearby Attractions

  • Pinnacle Rock State Park
  • Wilderness Road Regional Museum
  • Hungry Mother State Park
  • Camp Creek State Park
  • Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park
  • Twin Falls Resort State Park

Things To Do In Bluefield

The Bluefield Plaza Shopping Center is a popular shopping destination in the area. The Over the Summit Art Gallery, the East River Mountain Tunnel and the Bluefield Area Arts & Science Center are all accessible from Bluefield. Churches in the area include the South Bluefield Christian Church, Refuge Church of Christ and the Bland Street Methodist Church. Pinnacle Rock State Park, Twin Falls Resort State Park and Camp Creek State Park are popular local recreational destinations. Local festivals include the Mountain Festival, which is held every May, and the Southern West Virginia Italian Festival, held every October.

Bluefield Transportation

The nearest major airport is Charlotte/Douglas International.

Bluefield Higher Education

Bluefield State College is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions include Concord College, Radford University and West Virginia State College.


Total Population 10,431
Male Share of the Population 44.1%
Female Share of the Population 55.9%
Senior Citizens 21.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,914
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $43,750
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 29.5%
Median Gross Rent $542
Median House Value $70,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.5%
Irish 9.9%

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

Bluefield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 70 miles W of Roanoke, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 142 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Mercer
Standard Zip Codes 24701
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.269
Longitude -81.222

Bluefield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 80 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Station BLAND
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 41 F
Apr Temp 35 to 62 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches
Station FLAT TOP
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ada (24701)

Bluewell (24701)

Brush Fork (24701)

Ceres (24701)

Green Valley (24701)

Littlesburg (24701)

Lorton Lick (24701)

Sandlick (24701)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anawalt 191 $31,250
Athens 1,086 $66,667
Bramwell 293 $43,438
Matoaka 212 $40,313
Oakvale 174 $0
Princeton 6,082 $45,542

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

Bluefield Public Libraries

Craft Memorial Public Library
Bluefield, West Virginia
(304) 325-3943

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Bluefield Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(304) 327-2911
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(304) 327-1700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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