Raleigh County

Raleigh County, West Virginia

215 Main St
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: (304) 255-9126
Fax: (304) 255-9355

In south-central WV, southeast of Charleston; organized Jan 23, 1850 from Fayette County. Name Origin: For Sir Walter Raleigh (1522?-1618), British naval commander and first lord proprietor of the colony of VA (1584-1603)

Area (sq mi):: 609.34 (land 606.93; water 2.41) Population per square mile: 130.40
Population 2005: 79,167 State rank: 6 Population change: 2000-20005 -0.10%; 1990-2000 3.10% Population 2000: 79,220 (White 88.90%; Black or African American 8.50%; Hispanic or Latino 0.90%; Asian 0.70%; Other 1.10%). Foreign born: 1.20%. Median age: 39.50
Income 2000: per capita $16,233; median household $28,181; Population below poverty level: 18.50% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,672-$24,368
Unemployment (2004): 5.30% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.10% Median travel time to work: 26.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 18.30%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Beckley County seat (16,994)

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    But the long-suffering mining communities of Raleigh County saw the verdict for what it was, a call to justice for a dominant industry that has seldom if ever been brought to judgment in mining country.
    New River in August inked a similar articulation agreement with West Virginia State University to permit students to finish a four-year program at WVSU without leaving the Raleigh County campus.
    has died on a coal mine haul road on the Republic Energy surface mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
    Intended for serious education candidates only, the Teacher Cadet program begins with the basics of education theory and advances to a full-scale, monitored six-week practicum inside real classrooms within Raleigh County.
    ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Twenty-five miners died in an explosion at a coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
    ARS lead scientist Rich Zobel and the soil resource management team at AFSRC work with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); the city of Beckley, West Virginia; the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority; West Virginia State University at Institute; West Virginia University at Morgantown; Virginia Tech at Blacksburg; the University of Ohio at Akron; and various ARS labs, including two regional research centers.
    The large energy company has come under fire in recent months following an accident at its Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County that claimed the life of 29 miners.
    The Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, Raleigh County, about 48km south of Charleston, has caches of extra oxygen along emergency escape routes and airtight chambers designed to provide enough air to keep miners alive for four days if they cannot make their way out, according to Randy Harris, an engineering consultant.
    Things change when Millie comes to Raleigh County in 1957.
    But in response to pressure, the Raleigh County schools superintendent asked the EPA to conduct tests for coal dust.
    Wooton lost to Russ Weeks (R), a well-known local pro-life advocate and vice president of West Virginians for Life's Raleigh County chapter.
    They've even removed gobblers from the runways at Raleigh County Memorial Airport.