Clay, West Virginia

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Clay, West Virginia

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High Points

Clay strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in West Virginia):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Clay Low Property Crime
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Clay Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Clay Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Clay Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Clay, West Virginia

Comparing Clay to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in West Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 6 3
Age of the Population 3 1
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Racial Diversity 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 4
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 7
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 6
Public Transportation Use 4 4
Short Commute Times 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 9
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Housing Recently Built 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 9 8

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Clay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles E of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 145 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Clay
Standard Zip Codes 25043
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.46
Longitude -81.085

Clay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station CORTON
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 42 F
Apr Temp 38 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Distance 27.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
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Clay Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 593 100%
Male 270 45.5%
Female 323 54.5%
Under 18 165 27.8%
18+ 428 72.2%
65+ 101 17%
Median Age 35.3
Average Family Size 2.91
White 586 98.8%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.2%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 6 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1 0.2%

Estimated Clay Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 580
Growth -13
Growth % -2.2%

Clay Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 31.8%
English 20.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
Irish 9.8%
German 8.4%
Scotch-Irish 4.4%
Italian 3%
French Canadian 2%
Dutch 1.7%
Scottish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Lebanese 0.7%
Canadian 0.7%
Polish 0.7%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Clay 593 $15,000
Ansted 1,576 $28,938
Clendenin 1,116 $38,021
Gassaway 901 $31,667
Gauley Bridge 738 $25,987
Smithers 904 $27,734
Summersville 3,294 $43,314

Clay Public Libraries

Clay County Public Library
Clay, West Virginia
(304) 587-4254

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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