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Overview

Introduction to Elkins, West Virginia

Elkins, West Virginia, in Randolph county, is located 104 miles E of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and is 105 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Elkins History

In 1890, the present day Elkins was developed by Senator Stephen B. Elkins and Senator Henry Gassaway Davis. In fact, it was also named after Stephen Benton Elkins. It became the county seat of Randolph County in 1899. The West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railway first entered the area in the late 1890s. Elkins experienced the passenger train service in 1905 when the railroad was merged into the Western Maryland Railway.

Elkins and nearby Attractions

  • Tygart Valley Mall Shopping Center
  • Monongahela National Forest
  • Halliehurst
  • Cranberry Glades Botanical Area
  • Barbour County Historical Society Museum
  • Blackwater Falls State Park

Things To Do In Elkins

Elkins is home to Monongahela National Forest that offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. History buffs should visit the Halliehurst and Barbour County Historical Society Museum. The Tygart Valley Mall Shopping Center is the local shopping destination. The Blackwater Falls State Park, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, and Audra State Park are nearby. Local celebrations include Augusta Heritage Festival, Pickin' in the Park, Mountain State Forest Festival, and Randolph County International Ramp Cookoff and Festival.

Elkins Transportation

Harrison/ Marion Regional Airport is less than half an hour's drive away.

Elkins Higher Education

Davis and Elkins College is the local higher education institution. Fairmont State College, James Madison University, and West Virginia University also provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,232
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens17.4%
Employed Population 16+3,252
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married40.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.2%
Median Earnings25+$28,311
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$9,259
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,456

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,292
% Above Poverty Level81.7%
% Below Poverty Level18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36.8%
Median Gross Rent$578
Median House Value$104,500

Ancestry

German23.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.6%
Irish13.1%
English12.5%
Italian5.5%
Scottish3.3%
French Except Basque2.8%
Dutch2.3%
Polish1.8%
Swiss1.7%
Swedish1.5%
Canadian0.5%
Arab0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Australian0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Russian0.1%
African0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Elkins Almanac

CategoryValue
County Randolph County
Standard Zip Codes26241
Phone Area Codes304,681
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.92
Approximate Longitude-79.85

Elkins Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationELKINS AP
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp35 to 63 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches
StationBELINGTON
Distance8.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 62 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp38 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationBUCKHANNON
Distance20.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 40 F
Apr Temp35 to 63 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 66 F
Annual Precip48.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belington2,068$40,592
Beverly620$47,083
Junior455$41,071
Mill Creek798$40,893
Montrose175$67,917
Parsons1,518$46,964

Elkins Public Libraries

Elkins-randolph Public Library
416 DAVIS AVE
Elkins, West Virginia
(304) 637-0287

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Elkins Hospitals

Davis Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
Po Box 1484
(304) 636-3300

Elkins Public Schools

Elkins High School
100 Kennedy Drive
ZIP: 26241
(304) 636-9170
High
Total Enrollment 808
Elkins Middle School
308 Robert E. Lee Avenue
ZIP: 26241
(304) 636-9176
Middle
Total Enrollment 647
Elkins Mountain School
100 Bell Street
ZIP: 26241
(304) 637-0313
High
Total Enrollment 60
Elkins Third Ward Elementary School
111 Nathan Street
ZIP: 26241
(304) 304-9183
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Jennings Randolph Elementary School
101 Scott Ford Road
ZIP: 26241
(304) 636-9181
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
Midland Elementary School
150 Kennedy Drive
ZIP: 26241
(304) 304-9186
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
North Elementary School
310 Boundary Street
ZIP: 26241
(304) 636-9188
Primary
Total Enrollment 270
Randolph County Alternative Center
1425 South Davis Street
ZIP: 26241
(304) 636-9150
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Randolph Technical Center
200 Kennedy Drive
ZIP: 26241
(304) 636-9195
High
Wv Childrens Home
109 Maple Street
ZIP: 26241
(304) 637-0278
High
Total Enrollment 19

Elkins Private Schools

Highland Adventist School
1 Old Leadsville Rd
ZIP: 26241
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 44
New Era Christian Academy
Rr 3 Box 450
ZIP: 26241
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
New Life Christian School
Rr 3 Box 536
ZIP: 26241
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
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