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Overview

Introduction to Grafton, West Virginia

Grafton, West Virginia, in Taylor county, is located 76 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Grafton History

Grafton is located in the Taylor County, which was founded in 1844. The city was named after John Grafton, who was a railroad engineer. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad arrived in the area in 1852. Grafton was chartered as a city on March 15, 1856. It became the county seat in 1878.

Grafton and nearby Attractions

  • Barbour County Historical Society Museum
  • Prickett's Fort State Park
  • Tygart Lake State Park
  • Valley Falls State Park
  • Pricketts Fort State Park

Things To Do In Grafton

Grafton city offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. There are also several parks including Tygart Lake State Park, Pricketts Fort State Park, and Valley Falls State Park. History buffs should visit the local museums like Barbour County Historical Society Museum, and Marion County Historical Society Museum.

Grafton Transportation

One can avail of flights from Harrison/Marion Regional Airport.

Grafton Higher Education

Facilities for higher education can be availed through Alderson - Broaddus College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Salem International University.

People

Total Population 5,173
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 22.9%
Employed Population 16+ 1,857
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 38.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12%
Median Earnings25+ $28,065
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,767
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,837

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,472
% Above Poverty Level 79.9%
% Below Poverty Level 20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $401
Median House Value $69,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 11.6%

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

Grafton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 76 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Taylor
Standard Zip Codes 26354
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.34
Longitude -80.019

Grafton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FAIRMONT
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station ROWLESBURG 1
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 55.6 inches
Station CLARKSBURG 1
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 45 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgeport 8,338 $93,199
Fairmont 18,773 $46,336
Flemington 366 $34,583
Newburg 401 $56,250
Philippi 3,192 $36,188
Pleasant Valley 3,180 $67,212

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

Grafton Public Libraries

Library
Taylor County Public Library
200 BEECH ST.
Grafton, West Virginia
(304) 265-6121
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Grafton Hospitals

GRAFTON CITY HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
500 MARKET STREET
(304) 265-0400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Grafton High Schools

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GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL
400 RIVERSIDE DR
304-265-3046
Serves 685 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

TAYLOR COUNTY VOCATIONAL CENTER
115 LUBY ST
304-265-1050
A Vocational School

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