Introduction to Huntington, West Virginia

Huntington is located along the Ohio River in Cabell County across from the state of Ohio. The city has an active inland port, primarily due to the vast amount of coal and petroleum products that are transported out of the area. Huntington serves as a link between the products delivered by trains and the Ohio River/Mississippi watershed. Huntington's economy is significantly bolstered by the service sector including medical services as well as Marshall University's research activities.


The city was formerly known as Holderby's Landing. The town took its name in tribute to Collis P. Huntington who established the town in 1870. It served as the western terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and contained a significant railroad maintenance facility. The region was earlier part of the French and Indian War Veteran's Savage Grant. Huntington was a major center for passenger train service during the early portion of the 20th Century. During the 1950s its population experienced significant growth, primarily due to the thriving coal and chemical industries.


The city is served by the Tri-State Airport. The East End Bridge, West Huntington Bridge, Robert C. Byrd Bridge and the Chesapeake Bridge cross the Ohio River.


  • The Huntington Museum of Art showcases Appalachian folk art and other varieties
  • The Museum of Radio and Technology
  • The historic Cabell County Courthouse
  • Old Main, located at the Marshall University campus is included on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Keith Albee, formerly a Vaudeville palace is a superb architectural structure
  • Adena Native American burial mound
  • Harris Riverfront Park
  • Ritter Park
  • Benjy's Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum
  • Heritage Farm Museum & Village
  • The historic Carnegie Library
  • West Huntington is known for antique shops
  • The riverfront area provides excellent views of the Ohio River
  • Pullman Square is a major center for shops and restaurants

Events and Fairs

  • Greek Fest celebrates Greek traditions and history and features a variety of Greek food
  • The Chili Fest is a noteworthy event that includes contestants for all over West Virginia and other states
  • Guyandotte Civil War Days is a popular event featuring a wide variety of activities and entertainment
  • Hilltop Festival
  • X-Fest features rock and alternative types of music
  • Huntington Dogwood Arts and Craft Festival
  • Jazz-MU-Tazz
  • Old Central Days

Higher Education

Huntington is home to Marshall University, Robert C. Byrd Institute and Huntington Junior College.


Total Population 48,944
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 19,019
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 33.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.8%
Median Earnings25+ $27,493
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,847
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,379


Median Family Income $46,683
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 41.4%
Median Gross Rent $610
Median House Value $90,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.5%
US/American 0%
English 12.7%
Irish 14.9%

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

Huntington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 110 miles S of Columbus, Ohio
County Cabell
Metro Area Huntington - Ashland
Standard Zip Codes 25701, 25702, 25703, 25704, 25705
P.O. Box Zip Codes 25706, 25707, 25708, 25709, 25710, 25711, 25712, 25713, 25714, 25715, 25716, 25717, 25718, 25719, 25720, 25721, 25722, 25723, 25724, 25725, 25726, 25727, 25728, 25729, 25770, 25771, 25772, 25773, 25774, 25775, 25776, 25777, 25778, 25779
Company Zip Codes 25755
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.419
Longitude -82.445

Huntington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 41.7 inches
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches
Station HAMLIN
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 44 F
Apr Temp 38 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 90 F
Oct Temp 39 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Beverly Hills (25705)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barboursville 4,078 $45,333
Ceredo 1,471 $53,646
Kenova 3,127 $40,430
Milton 2,557 $50,066
Wayne 1,884 $24,583
West Hamlin 875 $15,114

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

Huntington Public Libraries

Cabell County Public Library
Huntington, West Virginia
(304) 528-5700
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Huntington Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(304) 526-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(304) 526-1270
Emergency Service: Yes

Huntington VA Medical Center
1540 Spring Valley Drive
(304) 429-6741 or (800) 827-8244
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 5

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