Belva, West Virginia

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Census-designated place
Belva is located in West Virginia
Belva is located in the US
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°13′50″N 81°11′37″W / 38.23056°N 81.19361°W / 38.23056; -81.19361Coordinates: 38°13′50″N 81°11′37″W / 38.23056°N 81.19361°W / 38.23056; -81.19361
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Nicholas and Fayette
 • Total 0.162 sq mi (0.42 km2)
 • Land 0.137 sq mi (0.35 km2)
 • Water 0.025 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 95
 • Density 590/sq mi (230/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1535619[3]

Belva is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in west Nicholas County and north Fayette County, West Virginia, United States; while the CDP only includes the Nicholas County portion, the Fayette County portion is considered part of the community.[3][4][5] The town is situated at the bottomland surrounding the convergence of Bells Creek with Twentymile Creek and, subsequently, Twenty Mile Creek with the Gauley River. Belva is also the location of the convergence of two state highways: West Virginia Route 16 and West Virginia Route 39.


The community is named in honor of Belva Ann Lockwood, a presidential candidate and early feminist.[6]

Belva post office was established in 1885.[7]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Belva has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Belva". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ "Belva Census Designated Place". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ Fayette County, West Virginia General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). West Virginia Department of Transportation. 2011. § 1. Retrieved 2011-06-24. [dead link]
  6. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 105. 
  7. ^ Helbock, Richard W. (2004) United States Post Offices, Volume VI - The Mid-Atlantic, p. 33 Scappoose, Oregon: La Posta Publications
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Belva, West Virginia