Introduction to Buckhannon, West Virginia

Buckhannon, West Virginia, in Upshur county, is located 87 miles NE of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and is 100 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is home to approximately 5,725 residents.

Buckhannon History

Buckhannon was first settled in the 1760s. The city was established on January 15, 1816. The Virginia General Assembly chartered the city in 1852. It was originally a part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The city became apart of West Virginia on June 20, 1863. Buckhannon was incorporated on March 9, 1933. It was named after a Delaware chief. The city is the county seat of Upshur County, which was founded in 1851. The first courthouse of the area was built in 1854.

Buckhannon and nearby Attractions

  • Audra State Park
  • West Virginia State Wildlife Center
  • Barbour County Historical Society Museum
  • Watters Smith Memorial State Park
  • Ev - Un Breth Golf Course
  • Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park

Things To Do In Buckhannon

The Stonecoal Lake Wildlife Management Area offers water - related recreation opportunities such as fishing and boating. It also offers facilities for hunting. One can visit the Hardwood forests provides excellent opportunities for hunting turkey, waterfowl, deer, and squirrel. The North Buckhannon Riverfront Park is also worth visiting. The Ev - Un Breth Golf Course provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts.In addition, the city hosts the Upshur County Fair in the month of July, and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival in the month of May.

Buckhannon Transportation

Flights can be availed through Morgantown Municipal Airport.

Buckhannon Higher Education

West Virginia Wesleyan College is the local higher education institution. Others in the neighborhood include Glenville State College, Fairmont State College, and Salem International University.


Total Population 5,650
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,121
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,108
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,097


Median Family Income $46,806
% Above Poverty Level 71.8%
% Below Poverty Level 28.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 11%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 38.2%
Median Gross Rent $580
Median House Value $132,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.6%
Irish 17.5%

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

Buckhannon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 87 miles NE of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 100 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Upshur
Standard Zip Codes 26201
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.993
Longitude -80.232

Buckhannon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 40 F
Apr Temp 35 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.9 inches
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 62 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station PICKENS 1
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 57 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 66.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Century (26201)

Hodgesville (26201)

Tennerton (26201)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anmoore 608 $29,063
Jane Lew 365 $41,000
Junior 471 $40,313
Lost Creek 481 $56,250
Philippi 3,192 $36,188
Weston 4,096 $41,813

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

Buckhannon Public Libraries

Upshur County Public Library
RR 6 BOX 480
Buckhannon, West Virginia
(304) 473-4219
Charles W Gibson Public Library
Buckhannon, West Virginia
(304) 472-2339

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Buckhannon Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(304) 472-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,108 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

RR 5 BOX 2
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