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Overview

Introduction to Keyser, West Virginia

Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral county, is located 83 miles W of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and is 87 miles SE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is included in the Cumberland metropolitan area.

Keyser History

Keyser is the county seat of the Mineral County, which was founded in 1866. The city was named after William Keyser, who was a railroad official. It was originally known as the Paddy Town and was named after Patrick McCarty. With the arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the name of the city was changed to New Creek Station and then was renamed New Creek. Keyser was incorporated as a town in 1874.

Keyser and nearby Attractions

  • Thrasher Carriage Museum
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  • Cedar Creek Battlefield
  • Casselman River Bridge State Park
  • New Germany State Park
  • Deep Creek Lake State Park

Things To Do In Keyser

Keyser provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. There are also several parks including Rocky Gap State Park, Big Run State Park, Dans Mountain State Park, and New Germany State Park. Historical sites like Willa Cather Birthplace, Fallingwater, and Fort Necessity National Battlefield can be visited. The tourists can also visit the Grace United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and Keyser Church of the Brethren.

Keyser Transportation

One can avail of flights from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

Keyser Higher Education

Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Lord Fairfax Community College, and Frostburg State University provide programs for higher studies.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,261
Male Share of the Population51.1%
Female Share of the Population48.9%
Senior Citizens18.6%
Employed Population 16+1,773
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married31.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,092
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,849

Wealth

Median Family Income$33,694
% Above Poverty Level72.7%
% Below Poverty Level27.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.8%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone45%
Median Gross Rent$579
Median House Value$98,200

Ancestry

German25.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.7%
Irish9.2%
English9%
Italian5.5%
Polish1.5%
Scottish1.3%
Dutch1.3%
Swiss1.1%
Swedish0.6%
African0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
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Keyser Almanac

CategoryValue
County Mineral County
Standard Zip Codes26726
Phone Area Codes304,681
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.43
Approximate Longitude-78.98

Keyser Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSAVAGE RIVER DAM
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp19 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 80 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip39.5 inches
StationCUMBERLAND 2
Distance17.9 miles
Jan Temp21 to 40 F
Apr Temp39 to 67 F
Jul Temp62 to 87 F
Oct Temp40 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches
StationOAKLAND 1 SE
Distance22.9 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp57 to 79 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bayard305$36,563
Elk Garden154$50,000
Piedmont763$41,250
Ridgeley564$49,000
Romney2,301$31,058

Keyser Public Libraries

Keyser-mineral County Public Library
105 N. MAIN STREET
Keyser, West Virginia
(304) 788-3222

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Keyser Hospitals

Potomac Valley Hospital
(Proprietary)
100 Pin Oak Lane
(304) 597-3500

Keyser Public Schools

Fountain Primary School
Rt 2 Box 9
ZIP: 26726
(304) 788-4215
Primary
Total Enrollment 101
Keyser High School
1 E Piedmont St
ZIP: 26726
(304) 788-4230
High
Total Enrollment 669
Keyser Middle School
700 Harley Staggers Drive
ZIP: 26726
(304) 788-4220
Middle
Total Enrollment 685
Keyser Primary School
590 Harley O. Staggers Drive
ZIP: 26726
(304) 788-4508
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
Mineral County Alternative School
50 Clary Street
ZIP: 26726
(304) 788-4213
High
Total Enrollment 6
Mineral County Technical Center
600 South Water Street Ext
ZIP: 26726
(304) 788-4240
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The Potomac near Keyser. 1892 (est.)
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