Huntington–Ashland metropolitan area

Coordinates: 38°25′09″N 82°26′43″W / 38.41917°N 82.44528°W / 38.41917; -82.44528
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38°25′09″N 82°26′43″W / 38.41917°N 82.44528°W / 38.41917; -82.44528

Tri-State Area
Huntington–Ashland, WV–KY–OH MSA
Coordinates: 38°25′09″N 82°26′43″W / 38.4192°N 82.4453°W / 38.4192; -82.4453
CountryUnited States
State(s)West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio
Largest cityHuntington
Other cities - Ashland
 - Ironton
 - Teays Valley
 - Flatwoods
 • Total2,159.9 sq mi (5,594 km2)
Highest elevation
Kelly Knob[1]1,512 ft (461 m)
Lowest elevation
Ohio River[2]485 ft (148 m)
 (2015 est.)
 • Total361,580
 • Rank146th in the U.S.
 • Density167.4/sq mi (64.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Huntington–Ashland metropolitan area is a metropolitan area in the Appalachian Plateau region of the United States. Referred to locally as the “Tri-State area”, and colloquially as "Kyova" (Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia), the region spans seven counties in the three states of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.[3] With a population of 361,580,[4] the Tri-State area is nestled along the banks of the Ohio River. The region offers a diverse range of outdoor activities.[5]


Huntington-Ashland Metropolitan Area

County 2021 Estimate 2020 Census Change
Cabell County 93,418 94,350 −0.99%
Lawrence County 57,445 58,240 −1.37%
Putnam County 57,260 57,440 −0.31%
Boyd County 47,899 48,261 −0.75%
Wayne County 38,498 38,982 −1.24%
Greenup County 35,649 35,962 −0.87%
Carter County 26,412 26,627 −0.81%
Total 356,581 359,862 −0.91%


Huntington, West Virginia
Ashland, Kentucky
Ironton, Ohio
The confluence of the Big Sandy (left) and Ohio (right) Rivers, as well as shores in the states of Kentucky (back left) and Ohio (back right), at Virginia Point Park in Kenova, West Virginia

Largest cities (more than 5,000 inhabitants)[edit]

City Population as of the 2020 Census Note
Huntington, West Virginia 46,842 Principal city of the MSA[6]
Ashland, Kentucky 21,625 Principal city of the MSA[6]
Teays Valley, West Virginia 14,350 Census-designated place
Ironton, Ohio 10,571 Incorporated city
Flatwoods, Kentucky 7,325 Incorporated city
Hurricane, West Virginia 6,977 Incorporated city
Pea Ridge, West Virginia 6,602 Census-designated place

Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants[edit]

Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants[edit]

Unincorporated places[edit]

  1. ^ While Nitro's total population is over 5,000, most of its population lives in Kanawha County, which is in the Charleston metropolitan area.

Townships (Lawrence County, Ohio)[edit]


As of 2018, there were 352,823 people and 136,769 households residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 93.9% White, 2.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $45,535. The per capita income for the MSA was $25,801. 18.2% of the population is beneath the poverty line, including 23% of children and 11% of seniors.

In 2008, an Associated Press article designated the Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area as the unhealthiest in America, based on its analysis of data collected in 2006 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half the adults in this metropolitan area were obese.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Area codes[edit]

The following prefixes are used for long-distance phone service dialing to the region within the MSA.

Higher education[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kelly Knob". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on 2010-08-19
  2. ^ Groundwater Resources of Greenup County, Kentucky Retrieved on 2010-08-19
  3. ^ Overview -
  4. ^ "Population statistics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "KY-OH-WV Tri-State". KY-OH-WV Tri-State. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. August 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  7. ^, LAURA. "Huntington area labeled as nation's most unhealthy". Retrieved April 1, 2018.