Rand, West Virginia

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Street scene in Rand in the 1970s
Street scene in Rand in the 1970s
Location in Kanawha County and state of West Virginia.
Location in Kanawha County and state of West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°16′57″N 81°33′44″W / 38.28250°N 81.56222°W / 38.28250; -81.56222Coordinates: 38°16′57″N 81°33′44″W / 38.28250°N 81.56222°W / 38.28250; -81.56222
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
 • Total0.461 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Land0.461 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
 • Total1,631
 • Density3,500/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Rand is a census-designated place (CDP) on the Kanawha River in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 1,631.[2] It is surrounded by the communities of Malden and DuPont City.


The unincorporated community within the historic Kanawha Salines area, was named after Plus Rand Levi, son of Mordecai Levi, patent holder of the Brick Road. Originally named "Plus" in 1907–1909 when large tract was purchased from Dickinson family. But due to a town already called plus, the community would become known as Levi until around the 1930s or 1940s where it would change again due to a town in Braxton county already named Levi, thus adopting the currant name of Rand.[3][4]

Notable people[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and ESPN analyst Randy Moss was born and raised in Rand, as well as Samuel Singleton Jr, a former minor league baseball player.[5][6]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. 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. 493.
  4. ^ Year: 1940; Census Place: Malden, Kanawha, West Virginia; Roll: T627_4416; Page: 32B; Enumeration District: 20-111
  5. ^ Bieler, Des (November 12, 2014). "What we learned from ESPN's '30 for 30′ on Randy Moss". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  6. ^ McGarry, Tim (September 17, 2012). "Randy Moss remembers his roots with Rand University". USA Today. Retrieved March 27, 2016.

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