Huntington, West Virginia

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Nickname : The Jewel City, The River City
Huntington's Disease
Huntington's Disease
Location in West Virginia
Huntington, West Virginia
Basic data
Foundation : 1785
State : United States
State : West Virginia
Counties : Cabell County
Wayne County
Coordinates : 38 ° 25 ′  N , 82 ° 26 ′  W Coordinates: 38 ° 25 ′  N , 82 ° 26 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
48,113 (as of 2016)
359,588 (as of 2016)
Population density : 1,167.8 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 46.6 km 2  (approx. 18 mi 2 ) of
which 41.2 km 2  (approx. 16 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 252 m
Postcodes : 25701-25779
Area code : +1 304
FIPS : 54-39460
GNIS ID : 1540605
Website :
Mayor : Steve Williams (D)
Huntington wv.jpg
City view from Marshall University

Huntington is the second largest city in the US state of West Virginia and the seat of Countyverwaltung ( county seat ) of Cabell County . The site was named after Collis P. Huntington , who founded the city in 1870 as the west end of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway , and is home to Marshall University and several museums including the Huntington Museum of Art . Huntington is connected to the neighboring city of Proctorville in the state of Ohio via the East End Bridge , which crosses the Ohio River .

The city reached a population of around 86,000 in the 1950s due to its economic growth through coal mining and companies in the chemical and steel industries . However, with the decline in the importance of coal as an energy source and the railroad as a means of transport, Huntington lost a significant part of its industrial base, which also caused the population to decline continuously since the early 1960s. At present, the population and work situation in the city is shaped by the remaining steel companies, in particular by the resident hospitals , which not only supply the city but also its rural surroundings, and the university.

The worst accident in the history of American college sports occurred near Huntington in 1970 when a plane carrying players from the Marshall University football team crashed. The events surrounding this disaster were the model for the McG film They Were Heroes with Matthew McConaughey and Robert Patrick . The shooting in 2006 took place in Huntington among other places.

In 2017, one in four HD residents was a drug addict. Over 10,000 people of the 49,000 inhabitants use heroin or other opioids .

Population development

year Residents
1980 63,684
1990 54,844
2000 51,475
2005 49.198
2010 49,138
2016 48.113

sons and daughters of the town

Year of birth Surname Year of death job
1917 Curtis Bill Pepper 2014 Journalist and author
1918 Archer Edwin Reilly (Archer E. Reilly) 2003 Lawyer and politician
1921 Harold Franklin Hawkins (Hawkshaw Hawkins) 1963 Country singer
1928 Ernie Farrow 1969 Jazz bassist
1928 Morris Tanenbaum Chemist and manager
1934 Calf legge 1963 Jazz pianist
1936 Harold Everett Greer (Hal Greer) 2018 Basketball player
1950 Bradford Claude Dourif (Brad Dourif) actor
1951 John W. Rudnicki Engineering scientist
1960 Evan Hollin Jenkins (Evan Jenkins)    Politician
1971 Thomas Harold Massie (Thomas Massie)    Politician
1979 Joshua Denver Harto (Joshua Harto) actor
1987 Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo (OJ Mayo) Basketball player
1987 William Henry Walker (Bill Walker) Basketball player
  Julia Keller Writer, journalist and university lecturer


  1. Der Spiegel, No. 33, 2017
  2. 1980–2000: census results; 2005: Update of the US Census Bureau

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