Northfork, West Virginia

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Northfork, West Virginia

Northfork, West Virginia, in McDowell county, is 65 miles S of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and 155 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is home to some 519 residents.

The People and Families of Northfork

In Northfork, about 33% of adults are married. People in Northfork have space to make their own lives; many people there enjoy living in their own houses or apartments. The town somehow seems full of possibilities, with its large single population.

There are more females than males in Northfork than is typical. You'll see many senior citizens in the town.

Wealth and Education

In 2000, Northfork had a median family income of $19,236.

Northfork Housing

According to the 2000 census, 81% of the housing in Northfork was owner-occupied. You may be likely to find historic buildings in the town as the average housing age is high. It's possible to find inexpensive apartments in Northfork. In the town you can own a home without paying sky-high real estate taxes.


In Northfork, 85% of commuters drive to work.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Northfork Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Northfork Low Property Crime
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Northfork Affordability of Rents
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Northfork Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Northfork, West Virginia

Comparing Northfork 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
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 5
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 2 3
People Above Poverty 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 10
Short Commute Times 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 6
Public Transportation Use 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 3
Housing Recently Built 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 8
Low Violent Crime 5 4

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Northfork Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles S of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 155 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County McDowell
Standard Zip Codes 24868
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.42
Longitude -81.44

Northfork Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station GARY
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 44 F
Apr Temp 37 to 67 F
Jul Temp 61 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station FLAT TOP
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches
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Northfork Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 519 100%
Male 229 44.1%
Female 290 55.9%
Under 18 117 22.5%
18+ 402 77.5%
65+ 125 24.1%
Median Age 43.4
Average Family Size 3.03
White 229 44.1%
African-American 280 53.9%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.2%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 9 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2 0.4%

Estimated Northfork Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 454
Growth -65
Growth % -12.5%

Northfork 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.7%
Italian 8.1%
English 3.6%
Irish 3%
US/American 3%
Scottish 2.1%
German 1.5%
Hungarian 1.5%
African 0.9%
Swiss 0.9%
Dutch 0.6%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Algoma (24868)
Ashland (24868)
Crumpler (24868)
Powhatan (24868)
Worth (24868)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Northfork 519 $19,236
Anawalt 272 $17,321
Bramwell 426 $32,396
Gary 917 $30,938
Keystone 453 $12,639
Kimball 411 $21,429
Welch 2,683 $30,833
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