Profile for Bluefield, West Virginia, WV
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Bluefield is a city in Mercer County.
The latitude of Bluefield is 37.269N. The longitude is -81.222W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,572 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 11,124.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Bluefield demographic reports
Bluefield is at the foot of East River Mountain.
Former and merged names include:
· Higginbotham Summit
Coal was discovered in the area in the 1880s. By the end of that decade, 1889 to be exact, Bluefield incorporated.
At an elevation of over 2,600 feet, Bluefield has the highest elevation of all the cities in the state.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 49. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· John F. Nash Jr., winner of Nobel Prize in economics and main figure in the 2001 movie, "A Beautiful Mind."
Local festivals include:
- Downtown Street Fair - Aug. 3-4, 2007
- Southern WV Italian Festival - Oct. 5-6, 2007
- Mountain Festival - May 22-29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bluefield web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Nearby parks & recreation:
Pinnacle Rock State Park
Sports teams: Orioles (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Science Center of West Virginia, War Museum, Wiley Cabin & Museum
Colleges and universities:
Bluefield State College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
12% of Bluefield residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bluefield ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bluefield was $17,751, compared with $21,587 nationally.
22% of Bluefield residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Bluefield festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Mountain Festival - M
- Southern WV Italian Festival - O
- Downtown Street Fair - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Bluefield include Bluefield Downtown Commercial Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Bluefield, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $291. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $678.
Libraries in Bluefield include Craft Memorial ... View libraries
Newspapers in Bluefield include Bluefield Daily Telegraph
TV stations in Bluefield include WLFB, WVVA.
Mercer County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bluefield political report.
The average commute time for Bluefield workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bluefield between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Bluefield include Bluefield Knights Inn, Econo Lodge.
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