Smithers, West Virginia

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Smithers, West Virginia
Location of Smithers, West Virginia
Location of Smithers, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°10′39″N 81°18′23″W / 38.17750°N 81.30639°W / 38.17750; -81.30639Coordinates: 38°10′39″N 81°18′23″W / 38.17750°N 81.30639°W / 38.17750; -81.30639
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Fayette, Kanawha
Area[1]
 • Total 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
 • Land 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 633 ft (193 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 813
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 808
 • Density 1,626.0/sq mi (627.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25186
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-74740[4]
GNIS feature ID 1547007[5]

Smithers is a city in West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. Almost all of the city is in Fayette County, with a very small part in Kanawha County. The population was 813 at the 2010 census. The small river city is noted for having a rich cultural history related to both its coal mining and Italian-American heritages.

Geography[edit]

Smithers is located at 38°10′39″N 81°18′23″W / 38.17750°N 81.30639°W / 38.17750; -81.30639 (38.177389, -81.306269),[6] along the Kanawha River at the mouth of Smithers Creek.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.29 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 813 people, 405 households, and 216 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,626.0 inhabitants per square mile (627.8/km2). There were 473 housing units at an average density of 946.0 per square mile (365.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.8% White, 8.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 405 households of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.7% were non-families. 41.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.67.

The median age in the city was 49.8 years. 17.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 25.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 904 people, 450 households, and 259 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,686.9 people per square mile (646.4/km²). There were 553 housing units at an average density of 1,031.9 per square mile (395.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.15% White, 8.41% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

There were 450 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.63.

The age distribution is 19.8% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,417, and the median income for a family was $27,734. Males had a median income of $22,353 versus $18,846 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,807. About 20.0% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Smithers has a combined middle school and high school, Valley High School, serving grades 6-12.

Notable people[edit]

Michigan Avenue in Smithers
Michigan Avenue in Smithers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ The National Map, accessed 2013-11-26
  8. ^ Barnes, M.A. (July 9, 2002). "Classic Profile: Athens Attorney Committed to Living Life With Passion". Athens Banner-Herald.