Ghent, West Virginia

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Ghent, West Virginia
A dusting of snow in Ghent
A dusting of snow in Ghent
Ghent, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Ghent, West Virginia
Ghent, West Virginia
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°37′1″N 81°6′53″W / 37.61694°N 81.11472°W / 37.61694; -81.11472Coordinates: 37°37′1″N 81°6′53″W / 37.61694°N 81.11472°W / 37.61694; -81.11472
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
 • Total1.612 sq mi (4.18 km2)
 • Land1.281 sq mi (3.32 km2)
 • Water0.331 sq mi (0.86 km2)
 • Total457
 • Density280/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Ghent /ˈɛnt/ is a census-designated place in Raleigh County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, its population was 457.[2]


The community's name commemorates the Treaty of Ghent.[3] On January 30, 2007, a Little General Store (a local convenience store) on 2964 Flat Top Road U.S. Route 19 exploded, killing four people and injuring several others, near the Winterplace Ski Resort.[4][5]


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ghent has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ 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. 266.
  4. ^ This community also has a TV station that is affiliated with the CBS network, TV 59.Urbina, Ian (January 31, 2007). "4 Killed in Gas Explosion Near West Virginia Resort". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2007.
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  6. ^ Climate Summary for Ghent, West Virginia