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Overview

Introduction to Nitro, West Virginia

Nitro, West Virginia, in Kanawha county, is located 12 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and is 123 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. Part of the surrounding Charleston metro area, the city is not an isolated city.

Nitro History

Nitro was officially incorporated by Circuit Court in the year 1932. The word "nitro" is derived from the word "nitrocellulose." The community which is now known as Nitro was the center of ammunition production of the United States, at the time of the World War I. The government of United States named the area Nitro on account of the establishment of a huge federal plant, manufacturing explosives during World War I. A part of the community of Nitro lies in the Kanawha County and the remainder in Putnam County.

Nitro and nearby Attractions

  • Museum in the Community
  • Hawks Nest State Park
  • Avampato Discovery Museum
  • Chief Logan State Park
  • Beech Fork State Park
  • Cultural Center

Things To Do In Nitro

Nitro has a number of notable locations such as the Tri State Racetrack & Gaming Center, Nitro City Hall, and Bradford Landing. The parks in the area include Ridenour Memorial Park, Nitro City Park, and Hawks Nest State Park offers multiple facilities for recreation. The local churches include Nitro Church of Christ, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church of Nitro. Nitro Public Library offers a wide range of reading materials of diverse interest to the avid readers. Big Bend Golf Course is a well facilitated golf course.

Nitro Transportation

The Port Columbus International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Nitro Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at institutions such as Marshall University, Concord College, and West Virginia State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,505
Male Share of the Population44.1%
Female Share of the Population55.9%
Senior Citizens18%
Employed Population 16+3,151
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married51.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20%
Median Earnings25+$35,800
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,498

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,930
% Above Poverty Level87.2%
% Below Poverty Level12.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation2%

Housing

People Living Alone32.3%
Median Gross Rent$727
Median House Value$96,400

Ancestry

English15.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13%
Irish10.5%
Italian3.3%
Hungarian2.2%
Scottish2.1%
Polish1.2%
Swedish0.7%
African0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Czech0.3%
Canadian0.3%
German0.2%
Latvian0.2%
French Except Basque0.2%
Welsh0.1%
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Nitro Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kanawha County
Standard Zip Codes25143
Phone Area Codes304
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.42
Approximate Longitude-81.82

Nitro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHARLESTON YEAGER AP
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 43 F
Apr Temp42 to 67 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 67 F
Annual Precip44 inches
StationHAMLIN
Distance17.4 miles
Jan Temp21 to 44 F
Apr Temp38 to 69 F
Jul Temp62 to 90 F
Oct Temp39 to 71 F
Annual Precip44.4 inches
StationMADISON 3 NNW
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp22 to 43 F
Apr Temp39 to 69 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp41 to 69 F
Annual Precip47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bancroft963$77,917
Dunbar7,714$49,257
Jefferson822$25,833
Poca1,019$52,386
South Charleston13,182$60,855
St. Albans10,788$62,067

Nitro Public Libraries

Nitro Public Library
1700 PARK AVE.
Nitro, West Virginia
(304) 755-4432

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Nitro Public Schools

Nitro Elementary School
1921 19th Street
ZIP: 25143
(304) 755-2451
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Rock Branch Elementary
4616 1st Avenue
ZIP: 25143
(304) 755-1443
Primary
Total Enrollment 240
Nitro High School
1300 Park Avenue
ZIP: 25143
(304) 755-4321
High
Total Enrollment 818

Nitro Private Schools

Freedom Christian Academy
302 21st St
ZIP: 25143
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
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