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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.

People

Total Population 6,711
Male Share of the Population 44.3%
Female Share of the Population 55.7%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,036
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 50.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,006
% Above Poverty Level 87.1%
% Below Poverty Level 12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $678
Median House Value $93,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 9.1%

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

Nitro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Kanawha
Metro Area Charleston
Standard Zip Codes 25143
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.414
Longitude -81.844

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)

Station CHARLESTON YEAGER AP
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Station HAMLIN
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 44 F
Apr Temp 38 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 90 F
Oct Temp 39 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.4 inches
Station MADISON 3 NNW
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 39 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bancroft 914 $76,528
Dunbar 7,798 $49,537
Jefferson 800 $26,875
Poca 1,071 $53,750
South Charleston 13,276 $58,321
St. Albans 10,882 $56,691

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

Nitro Public Libraries

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

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Nitro High Schools

NITRO HIGH SCHOOL
1300 PARK AVENUE
304-755-4321
Serves 859 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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