Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area

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

Greater Huntington
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA
Map of Greater Huntington
Coordinates: 38°25′09″N 82°26′43″W / 38.4192°N 82.4453°W / 38.4192; -82.4453
Country United States
State(s) West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio
Largest city Huntington
Other cities  - Ashland
 - Ironton
 - Teays Valley
 - Flatwoods
 • Total 2,159.9 sq mi (5,594 km2)
Highest elevation Kelly Knob[1] 1,512 ft (461 m)
Lowest elevation Ohio River[2] 485 ft (148 m)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 365,419
 • Rank 142nd in the U.S.
 • Density 144.7/sq mi (55.9/km2)

The Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area is the largest MSA in West Virginia. The United States metropolitan area includes seven counties across three states: West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 365,419.[3] The MSA is nestled along the banks of the Ohio River within the Appalachian Plateau region. The area is most often referred to locally as the Tri-State region. Sometimes it is also referred to by the acronym KYOVA (KentuckY, Ohio, West VirginiA). In addition, the three largest cities (Huntington, West Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky; and Ironton, Ohio) are referred to locally as the River Cities.


County State Population (2011) Seat
Boyd Kentucky 49,466 Catlettsburg
Cabell West Virginia 96,653 Huntington
Carter Kentucky 27,586 Grayson
Greenup Kentucky 36,865 Greenup
Lawrence Ohio 62,489 Ironton
Lincoln West Virginia 22,147 Hamlin
Putnam West Virginia 55,673 Winfield
Wayne West Virginia 42,126 Wayne


Huntington, West Virginia
Ashland, Kentucky
Ironton, Ohio

Largest Cities (More than 5,000 inhabitants)[edit]

City Population
(2011 est.)
Huntington, West Virginia 49,253 Principal City of the MSA[7]
Ashland, Kentucky 21,652
Principal City of the MSA[7]
Ironton, Ohio 11,135 Principal City of the MSA[7]
Teays Valley, West Virginia 13,175 Census-designated place
(population as of 2010 census)
Flatwoods, Kentucky 7,412 Incorporated City
Nitro, West Virginia (partial) 7,178 Incorporated City
Pea Ridge, West Virginia 6,650 Census-designated place
(population as of 2010 census)
Hurricane, West Virginia 6,284 Incorporated City

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

Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants[edit]

Unincorporated places[edit]

Townships (Lawrence County, Ohio)[edit]


The Huntington-Ashland MSA from a state-level zoom

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 288,649 people, 117,697 households, and 81,089 families residing within the MSA (New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000).[3] The racial makeup of the MSA was 95.91% White, 2.42% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $29,970, and the median income for a family was $37,102. Males had a median income of $33,032 versus $21,543 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,514.

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.[10]

Major highways[edit]

Virginia Point Park in Kenova, West Virginia. Two rivers, the Big Sandy (left) and Ohio (right) Rivers, as well as shores in the states of Kentucky (back left) and Ohio (back right) can be seen.

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]