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.


Total Population 7,244
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,406
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 41.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $56,719
% Above Poverty Level 80.6%
% Below Poverty Level 19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $574
Median House Value $100,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
US/American 0%
English 13.5%
Irish 13.2%

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

Elkins Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 104 miles E of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 105 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Randolph
Standard Zip Codes 26241
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.925
Longitude -79.846

Elkins Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 35 to 63 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 62 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 40 F
Apr Temp 35 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belington 2,080 $41,033
Beverly 656 $38,125
Junior 471 $40,313
Mill Creek 745 $40,469
Montrose 165 $61,563
Parsons 1,526 $46,719

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

Elkins Public Libraries

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

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Elkins Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
PO BOX 1484
(304) 636-3300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Elkins High Schools

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Serves 909 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

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Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

A Vocational School
Serves 2 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.1

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