Introduction to Hurricane, West Virginia

Hurricane, West Virginia, in Putnam county, is located 21 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and is 118 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The city is included in the Charleston metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 5,222 people resided in Hurricane.

Hurricane History

Hurricane is a city in the Putnam County, which was founded in 1848. The city was named after the Hurricane Creek. The town of Hurricane Bridge was located near the intersection of Route 34 and Route 60. Collis P. Huntington completed the single track railroad in 1873, which connected Chesapeake and the Ohio River. The town was relocated and was named Hurricane Station. The town was incorporated in 1888. Later in 1970s the status was raised to a city.

Hurricane and nearby Attractions

  • Buffington Island
  • Beech Fork State Park
  • Hurricane City Park
  • Hurricane Plaza Shopping Center
  • Museum in the Community

Things To Do In Hurricane

Hurricane city offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The city has numerous parks like Beech Fork State Park, and Hurricane City Park. The tourists can shop at the Hurricane Plaza Shopping Center. Book lovers can visit the Putnam County Public Library. The Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, and Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church are some of the local churches.

Hurricane Transportation

Yeager Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Hurricane Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued through Marshall University, Ohio University, and West Virginia State College.


Total Population 6,352
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,719
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28%
Median Earnings25+ $41,982
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,479


Median Family Income $76,250
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $633
Median House Value $152,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 13.2%

Hurricane Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 118 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Putnam
Metro Area Charleston
Standard Zip Codes 25526
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.432
Longitude -82.02

Hurricane Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station HAMLIN
Distance 11.6 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
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 69 F
Annual Precip 40.9 inches
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 39 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bancroft 534 $48,125
Eleanor 1,976 $64,643
Milton 2,507 $51,484
Nitro 6,860 $56,098
St. Albans 10,939 $64,940
Winfield 2,538 $75,714

Hurricane Public Libraries

Putnam County
4219 STATE RT.34
Hurricane, West Virginia
(304) 757-7308

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Hurricane Hospitals

(304) 757-1700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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