Mercer County, West Virginia
Mercer County Economic Development Authority
Mercer County, West Virginia

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Mercer County offers prime real estate, low cost, a strong labor pool, low crime, arts and culture, outstanding outdoor recreation, professional sports teams, and a central location that is easily accessible and puts you within a day's drive to two-third's of the U.S. population.

The climate is ideal year-round. The high elevation helps to moderate summer heat and humidity. Excellent health care is available at two community hospitals, a regional medical center and a rehabilitation center.

Residents enjoy an abundance of leisure activities including arts and crafts, theater productions, skiing, hunting, fishing, golf, a popular state park, all in their back yard.

Unique among local sporting attractions is Appalachian League baseball which includes the Bluefield Blue Jays and the Princeton Rays - farm clubs of the major league teams in Toronto and Tampa Bay.

 

Find out about our two cities . . . Bluefield & Princeton!

 


Education is the key to the county's continued quality of life. Over 1,200 professional, supervisory and support personnel are employed in the county, serving over 11,000 students in the educational system

College opportunities are plentiful with two, four-year colleges in the county, Concord College and Bluefield State College, offering undergraduate degree programs. Graduate degrees are available at both institutions via the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (COGS).

 
Schools
Teachers
Grades
Enrollment
Elementary
19
327
K-6
5,640
Jr. High
2
115
7-9
1,515
High
4
203
10-12
2,720
Private & Parochial
2
14
K-12
256
Technical
1
32
10-adult
920
Colleges
5
Bluefield State College
       
Bluefield College
    Visit Bluefield College online.
Concord University
       
National College
    Visit National College online.
New River Community and Tech College
       
Valley College
       

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Newspapers:
Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Daily & Sunday)
Princeton Times (Weekly)
USA Today (Daily)
State Journal (Monthly)
 
Radio:
WAEY FM - 96/AM - 1490
WAMN AM - 1040
WHIS AM - 1440
WHAJ FM - 104
WKOY AM - 1240
WKMY FM - 101
WGAG FM - 93.1
 
Television:
WVVA-TV (Channel 6)
Comcast Cable
Suddenlink
 
Telephone:
Frontier Communication

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Total Libraries: 4 Total Volumes: 301,536

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Motor trucking served by:
Consolidated Motor Express
Heavy Hauling
Yellow Freight
UPS Freight
 
Bus Service:
Greyhound and Bluefield Transit Authority
Intracity-Yes
 
Parcel Service:
Federal Express
United Parcel Service
Airborne Express
Wells Fargo
DHL Worldwide Express
 
Air Service:
Mercer County is served by the Mercer County Airport
Runway Length - 4,743 feet
Surface - asphalt
Commercial service - Yes
 
Railroad Service:
Norfolk Southern Railway Company
 
Taxi Service:
Taxi Service - Cimmaron Coach
Taxi One
 
Limousine Service:
Greenbrier Valley Limousines

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Annual Avg.

Monthly Avg.

Temperature

52.0

January 30.9
July 70.2

Rainfall (inches)

38.4

Snowfall (inches)  

35-45

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Prostestant

102

Catholic

3

Synagogue

1

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Mercer County government is responsible for numerous and varied functions, which 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, i.e. police protection, health services, recreation, fire protection, flood protection, ambulances, senior citizen programs, and transportation.

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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

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Mercer County

$31,485

(2012)

Average Weekly Wage

$639.00

(2012)

     
Industry Average  
Annual Wage

$33,037

(2012)

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Motels

15

Total Rooms

950

Shopping Centers

6

Department Stores

9

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Hospitals

3

Number of beds

462

Clinics

8

 

300

Doctors

259

   
Dentists

30

   

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Number of Employees
 
Company
 
 
 
1000 - 1250
  Mercer County Board of Education
  Princeton Community Hospital
   
   
  Bluefield Regional Medical Center
  Bluefield State College
  Concord University
  Echostar
  Grants
  Kroger (Princeton & Bluewell)
200 - 999
  Lisk Disposal/Empire Salvage
  Mercer County Courthouse
  Norfolk Southern
  Res-care
  Southern Highlands
  Wal-Mart
   
   
  Allegheny Wood Products
  BB&T
  Carter Machinery
  Conn-Weld Industries
100 - 199
  First Century Bank
  First Community Bank
  King Tire Service, Inc.
  Lowes
  Timken- Smith Services, Inc.
   
   
  Acme Wood Preserving
  American National University
  BSC/Downard Hydraulics, LLC
  Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  Cole Chevreloet Cadillac GMC
  Frontier Communications
25 - 99
  K-Mart
  IPM Technologies/Bluefield Gear
  Lamb Machine
  Mercer Nursing & Rehabilitation
  Ramey Motors
  Recycle West Virginia
  Rish Equipment
  Shrewsbury Machine & Casting
  T&N Electric
  Tabor Machine
  Worldwide Equipment, Inc.

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Mercer County Economic Development Authority     1500 W. Main St. | Princeton, WV 24740 | Ph: 304-431-8521 | Fax: 304-487-5616
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