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Overview

Introduction to Bluefield, Vermont

Bluefield, West Virginia, in Mercer county, is 70 miles W of Roanoke, Virginia and 142 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bluefield History

Bluefield was established in the late 1800s. It was preceded by the arrival of the first coal speculators in southern West Virginia’s Pocahontas coalfields. The community eventually became the coalfield area’s most important social and commercial center. In 1904, the first fire fighting brigades were introduced, eventually becoming an integral part of the area. The city of Bluefield was officially incorporated in 1889.

Bluefield and nearby Attractions

  • Pinnacle Rock State Park
  • Wilderness Road Regional Museum
  • Hungry Mother State Park
  • Camp Creek State Park
  • Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park
  • Twin Falls Resort State Park

Things To Do In Bluefield

The Bluefield Plaza Shopping Center is a popular shopping destination in the area. The Over the Summit Art Gallery, the East River Mountain Tunnel and the Bluefield Area Arts & Science Center are all accessible from Bluefield. Churches in the area include the South Bluefield Christian Church, Refuge Church of Christ and the Bland Street Methodist Church. Pinnacle Rock State Park, Twin Falls Resort State Park and Camp Creek State Park are popular local recreational destinations. Local festivals include the Mountain Festival, which is held every May, and the Southern West Virginia Italian Festival, held every October.

Bluefield Transportation

The nearest major airport is Charlotte/Douglas International.

Bluefield Higher Education

Bluefield State College is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions include Concord College, Radford University and West Virginia State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,366
Male Share of the Population45.6%
Female Share of the Population54.4%
Senior Citizens20.3%
Employed Population 16+3,975
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married43.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.8%
Median Earnings25+$29,493
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,506
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,164

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,701
% Above Poverty Level78.4%
% Below Poverty Level21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone31.5%
Median Gross Rent$549
Median House Value$77,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29.9%
German14.1%
English11%
Irish10%
Italian2.1%
Scottish2%
Hungarian1.9%
French Except Basque1.1%
Polish0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Russian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
West Indian0.2%
Bahamian0.2%
African0.2%
Greek0.2%
Finnish0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Arab0.1%
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Bluefield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Mercer County
Standard Zip Codes24701
Phone Area Codes304,681
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.26
Approximate Longitude-81.21

Bluefield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBLUEFIELD AP
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp44 to 64 F
Jul Temp63 to 80 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip39.6 inches
StationBLAND
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 41 F
Apr Temp35 to 62 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 66 F
Annual Precip40.2 inches
StationFLAT TOP
Distance22.7 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp60 to 78 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip45.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Anawalt162$0
Athens1,070$67,500
Bramwell321$46,458
Matoaka172$36,875
Oakvale192$0
Princeton6,056$47,346

Bluefield Public Libraries

Craft Memorial Library
600 COMMERCE STREET
Bluefield, West Virginia
(304) 325-3943

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Bluefield Hospitals

Bluefield Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
500 Cherry St
(304) 327-1100

Bluefield Public Schools

Bluefield High School
535 West Cumberland Road
ZIP: 24701
(304) 325-9116
High
Total Enrollment 690
Bluefield Intermediate School
1301 Southview Drive
ZIP: 24701
(304) 327-8339
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Bluefield Middle School
2002 Stadium Drive
ZIP: 24701
(304) 325-2481
Middle
Total Enrollment 541
Bluewell Elementary School
205 Bluewell School Rd
ZIP: 24701
(304) 589-5057
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Brushfork Elementary School
140 Brushfork School Road
ZIP: 24701
(304) 325-7066
Primary
Total Enrollment 190
Ceres Elementary School
3716 Maple Acres Road
ZIP: 24701
(304) 325-6786
Primary
Total Enrollment 143
Memorial School
319 Memorial Ave
ZIP: 24701
(304) 327-8106
Primary
Total Enrollment 220
Whitethorn Elementary School
1919 Maryland Avenue
ZIP: 24701
(304) 327-6217
Primary
Total Enrollment 198

Bluefield Private Schools

Valley View Adventist School
Green Valley Rd
ZIP: 24701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
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