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Overview

Introduction to Parkersburg, States

Parkersburg, West Virginia is 64 miles N of Charleston, West Virginia and 90 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. It is in Wood County. The city is part of the Parkersburg-Marietta metro area. The population of Parkersburg is 33,099.

Parkersburg History

The area now known as Parkersburg was originally laid out in the late 1700s. The Virginia General Assembly officially chartered the town in 1820, but it was again rechartered as a city in 1860.

Parkersburg and nearby Attractions

  • Ohio River Museum
  • Campus Martius Museum
  • Blue Rock State Park
  • Forked Run State Park
  • Strouds Run State Park
  • Wolf Run State Park

Things To Do In Parkersburg

The popular shopping centers in the area include the Southgate Shopping Center, Station Square Shopping Center, Gihon Village Shopping Center and the Emerson Plaza Shopping Center. Some of the other notable locations in the area include the Parkersburg Industrial Park, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, the Parkersburg Art Center and the Parkersburg Medical Park. The community celebrates festivals like the West Virginia Honey Festival every August, the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival every June and the Homecoming Festival every August.

Parkersburg Transportation

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is the nearest major airport.

City Higher Education

Mountain State College, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Ohio University and Denison University are the local colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 31,133
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,182
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 42%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.8%
Median Earnings25+ $25,383
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,163
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,289

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,127
% Above Poverty Level 75.7%
% Below Poverty Level 24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $607
Median House Value $86,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 14.6%

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

Parkersburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles N of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Wood
Metro Area Parkersburg - Marietta
Standard Zip Codes 26101, 26104, 26105
P.O. Box Zip Codes 26102, 26103
Company Zip Codes 26106
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.277
Longitude -81.561

Parkersburg 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 PARKERSBURG
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Station PARKERSBURG AP
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station CRESTON
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 41 F
Apr Temp 36 to 67 F
Jul Temp 61 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Parkersburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Neal (26103)

North Parkersburg (26104)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 1,031 $43,611
Cairo 405 $41,250
Elizabeth 839 $31,838
St. Marys 1,725 $59,271
Vienna 10,623 $62,323
Williamstown 2,931 $61,667

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

Parkersburg Public Libraries

Library
Parkersburg/wood Cty Public Library
3100 EMERSON AV.
Parkersburg, West Virginia
(304) 420-4587
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Parkersburg Hospitals

ST JOSEPHS HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1824 MURDOCH AVENUE
(304) 424-4382
Emergency Service: Yes

CAMDEN CLARK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
800 GARFIELD AVE
(304) 424-2111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Parkersburg High Schools

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PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
2101 DUDLEY AVE
304-420-9595
Serves 1,446 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

PARKERSBURG SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
1511 BLIZZARD DR
304-420-9610
Serves 1,243 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER
907 MISSION DRIVE
304-420-4544
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

WOOD COUNTY VOC/TECH CENTER
1511 BLIZZARD DR
304-420-9501
A Vocational School

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