Ghent, West Virginia

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Census-designated place (CDP)
A dusting of snow in Ghent
A dusting of snow in Ghent
Ghent is located in 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
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Raleigh
 • Total 1.612 sq mi (4.18 km2)
 • Land 1.281 sq mi (3.32 km2)
 • Water 0.331 sq mi (0.86 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 457
 • Density 280/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Ghent /ˈɛnt/ is a census-designated place (CDP) 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, the Flat Top Little General Store (a local convenience store) on U.S. Route 19 exploded, killing four people and injuring several others, near the Winterplace Ski Resort.[4]


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.[5]


  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. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Ghent, West Virginia

The small community is also accompanied by 3 local churches,Ghent elementary school,the local fire department and post office, 2 general stores, a small locally owned restaurant,two small rental stores, The Ski barn and The Ski Shop as well as a hotel.It is located directly off the exit to Ghent and is known as a small well knit community of friends and families.