Introduction to Keyser, West Virginia

Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral county, is located 83 miles W of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and is 87 miles SE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is included in the Cumberland metropolitan area.

Keyser History

Keyser is the county seat of the Mineral County, which was founded in 1866. The city was named after William Keyser, who was a railroad official. It was originally known as the Paddy Town and was named after Patrick McCarty. With the arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the name of the city was changed to New Creek Station and then was renamed New Creek. Keyser was incorporated as a town in 1874.

Keyser and nearby Attractions

  • Thrasher Carriage Museum
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  • Cedar Creek Battlefield
  • Casselman River Bridge State Park
  • New Germany State Park
  • Deep Creek Lake State Park

Things To Do In Keyser

Keyser provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. There are also several parks including Rocky Gap State Park, Big Run State Park, Dans Mountain State Park, and New Germany State Park. Historical sites like Willa Cather Birthplace, Fallingwater, and Fort Necessity National Battlefield can be visited. The tourists can also visit the Grace United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and Keyser Church of the Brethren.

Keyser Transportation

One can avail of flights from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

Keyser Higher Education

Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Lord Fairfax Community College, and Frostburg State University provide programs for higher studies.


Total Population 5,320
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 1,608
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 29.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16%
Median Earnings25+ $30,735
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,576


Median Family Income $30,985
% Above Poverty Level 68.6%
% Below Poverty Level 31.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 45.8%
Median Gross Rent $565
Median House Value $90,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 9.3%

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

Keyser Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 83 miles W of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles SE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Mineral
Metro Area Cumberland
Standard Zip Codes 26726
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.44
Longitude -78.974

Keyser Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station OAKLAND 1 SE
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Rocket Center (26726)

Scherr (26726)

Short Gap (26726)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bayard 403 $36,875
Elk Garden 120 $45,625
Piedmont 839 $43,542
Ridgeley 612 $47,500
Romney 2,221 $29,531

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

Keyser Public Libraries

Keyser-mineral Cnty Public Library
Keyser, West Virginia
(304) 788-3222

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Keyser Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(304) 597-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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