Community Profile

Presented by the Development Authority of Mercer County

LOCATION

Mercer County lies in the ridge and valley region of the extreme southern section of West Virginia, approximately 100 miles from the State Capitol, City of Charleston. Two major cities in the county are Bluefield and Princeton, the County Seat. Mercer County is within a 500-mile radius of 50% of the U.S. population. Southern West Virginia has four distinct seasons. A legacy of warm summer days and cool nights inspired Bluefield’s nickname, “The Air-Conditioned City.” Cool autumn days with a rainbow of fall colors make way for a cold, dry winter and spectacular rebirth of spring flowers.

POPULATION

                                 2015 (est.)

County………………….61,785
Princeton………………  6,359
Bluefield……………….10,473

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

Mercer County $34,160.00

CLIMATE

Temperature:

Annual Average – 52℉
Monthly AverageJanuary: 30℉ – July: 70℉
Rainfall (inches) 38.4
Snowfall (inches) 35-45

LODGING I RETAIL OUTLETS

Motels: 16
Total Rooms: 1023
Shopping Centers: 6
Department Stores: 9

AREA RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

Protestant: ……………….140
Catholic: …………………..3
Synagogue: ……………….1

LABOR ANALYSIS

Radius of Labor Drawing Area: 50 miles
Estimated Available: 250,000 total
Annual Number of High School Graduates: 850
Work Stoppages in the Last 5 Years: 0
Manufacturing Workers in Union: 5%
Right to Work Law: Yes
Wage and/or Labor Survey Available: Yes

TAXES

Property situated in the state is broken down into four classifications: Class I is all intangible personal property, such as notes, accounts receivable, etc.; Class II is owner-occupied residences; Class III is all other tangible property outside of municipalities; and Class IV is all other property within municipalities. Industry is taxed under Class I, plus Class III or IV, depending upon the municipality or district in which the plant is located. The published property tax rates in the respective classifications are as follows (per $100.00 appraised value):

2015 Levy Rates

Class I Class III Class IV
Districts 1.1380 2.2760 2.7760
Athens 1.3830 2.7660
Bluefield 1.3880 2.7760
Bramwell 1.3858 2.7716
Matoaka 1.3880 2.7760
Oakvale 1.3880 2.7760
Princeton 1.3880 2.776

State Taxes
Corporate Net Income …………………………. 6.5%
Consumer Sales / Use ………………………….. 6%

Individual Income
Maximum Rate …………………………………… 6.5%
Minimum Rate……………………………………. 3o/o

EDUCATION

# of Schools Grades # Enrolled
Primary 27 K-12 9,271
Private & Parochial 2 K-12 256
Technical Education 1 10-Adult 920
Colleges 5 Bluefield State College, Bluefield College, American Nat. Univ., New River Comm. & Tech College, Valley College
University 1 Concord University
Public Libraries 4 Total Volumes: 301,536
Total number of Teachers 866

 

HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL

Hospitals  3
Clinics 8
Doctors 259
Dentists 30
Number of Beds 462

 

RECREATION FACILITIES

Amateur Theaters 2
Auto Race Tracks 1
Ball Fields 4
Bowling Centers 2
Drive-In 1
Fitness Centers 2
Golf Courses 4
Indoor Movies 8
Pools 4
Tennis Courts 20

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

Mercer County Board of Education
Princeton Community Hospital
Bluefield Regional Medical Center
Bluefield State College
Concord University
Grants
Echostar
Kroger (Princeton and Bluewell)
Lusk Disposal/Empire Salvage
Mercer County Courthouse
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Res-care
Southern Highlands
Wal-Mart
Allegheny Wood Products
BB&T
Carter Machinery
Conn-Weld Industries
First Century Bank
First Community Bank
King Tire Service, Inc.
Lowes
Timken-Smith Services, Inc.
Acme Wood Preserving
BSC/Downard Hydraulics, LLC
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Cole Chevrolet Cadillac GMC
Frontier Communications
IPM Technologies/Bluefeld Gear
K-Mart
Lamb Machine
Mercer Nursing & Rehabilitation
Ramey Motors
Recycle West Virginia
Rish Equipment
Shrewsbury Machine & Casting
T &N Electric
Tabor Machine
Worldwide Equipment, Inc.

GOVERNMENT

Mercer County government is responsible for numerous and varied functions.

These functions are administered by local elected officials. The government of Mercer County plays a very large role in delivering public services to the citizens in their county, ie: police protection, health services, recreation, fire protection, flood protection, ambulances, senior citizen programs and transportation.

The County Commission consists of three commissioners, each elected for six-year terms.

The Sheriff is elected for a four-year term and may be re-elected.

The Assessor is elected for a four-year term and may be re-elected.

There are six municipalities in Mercer County:
Athens
Matoaka
Bluefield
Oakvale
Bramwell
Princeton – The County Seat

INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES

Visit website www.mercercoeda.com for a partial list of available properties.

OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Bluefield Elks Lodge
Bluefield Auditorium
Brushfork Armory
Coal City Auditorium
Princeton Elks Lodge

COMMUNICATIONS

Newspapers
Bluefield Daily Telegraph – Daily and Sunday
USA Today – Daily
Princeton Times – Weekly
State Journal – Monthly

Radio

WAEY FM-96   AM-1490
WAMN AM-1040
WGAG FM-93.1
WHIS AM-1440
WHAJ FM-104
WKOY AM-1240
WKMY FM-101

 

Television
WVVA-TV
Comcast
Suddenlink
WWD

Telephone
Frontier Communications

UTILITIES AND SERVICES

Electric Power:
American Electric Power
3 Phase Electrical Power

Natural Gas:
Bluefield Gas Company
Allegheny Gas Company
Mountaineer Gas

Water: City  and Daily Capacity
Athens ………………………….. 600,000 gallons
Bluefield ……………………….. 3 million gallons
Bramwell ………………………. 90,000 gallons
Matoaka ……………………….. 125,000 gallons
Princeton ………………………. 5 million gallons

SEWER

Sewer rates are based upon water consumption. Rates are available upon request.

Solid Waste Disposal
Mercer County Landfill

TRANSPORTATION

Mercer County, West Virginia lies at the hub of several major transportation routes serving the eastern United States. Not only does this network facilitate excellent intra-regional transportation links, but it also offers outstanding intraregional networking potential. I-77 provides an ideal link with major northern population centers like Cleveland and via I-79, Pittsburgh. I-77 offers excellent access to major centers in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as many major population centers in the southern United States. 1-64 east of Beckley, West Virginia provides access to the Midwest and with U.S. Route 460 in Virginia, the area has excellent service to the East Coast. 1-64, I-77 and U.S. Route 460 provide convenient hookups with 1-81, which extends from Tennessee to New England.

Motor Trucking
Mercer County is served by the following interstate truck lines:

Consolidated Motor Express
Heavy Hauling
Overnight
Yellow

Air Service
Mercer County is served by the Mercer County Airport.
Runway Length: 4,743 feet
Surface: Asphalt

Automobile Rental
Cole Cadillac Chevrolet GMC
RTE 460 E, Bluefield
304-324-2206

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
463 Old Bluefield Road, Princeton
800-325-8007

Hertz Rent-A-Car
Mercer County Airport
800-654-3131

Bus Service
Greyhound and Bluefield Transit System

Parcel Service
Airborne Express
DHL Worldwide Express
FedEx
United Parcel Service
Wells Fargo

Railroad Service
Norfolk Southern Railway Company

Taxi Service
Taxi Service – Taxi One

Limousine Service
Limousine Service – Greenbrier Valley Limousines