Huntington, West Virginia is a city that rests in both Cabell and Wayne Counties in West Virginia. In Cabell, it is the county seat. The city was named after Collis P. Huntington, who founded the city as a western terminus for the Chesapeake and Ohio railway. It was originally created as a railroad town and became incorporated in 1871. It has the largest inland port in the United States. It has a reputation as being one of the most unhealthy cities in the United States, with 45 percent of the population reporting themselves as obese. The city has a subtropical climate, and enjoys a temperate four seasons, usually without extreme weather. This is unlike the surrounding mountainous area, which usually has much more pronounced weather.
The demographics of Huntington are predominately that of the Caucasian non-family: 89.61 percent of the population is Caucasian, and 46.7 percent of the population is that of the non-family or individual. The population is slightly skewed towards the young: 60 percent of the population is below the age of 44. The median income for a family in Peoria is $34,756 dollars, and the per capita income is $16,717 dollars. A disproportionate amount of the under 18 population was under the poverty line: 29.8 percent, compared to 24.7 percent of the general population. The economy consists of mostly industry and fabricating firms, which include Huntington Special Metals, West Virginia Steel, Martin Steel, Hammers Industries, and Richwood Industries. Other notable businesses that are set to move in are the high-tech Sullivan Webb and Huntington Dermatology Inc., which are to be housed in Kinetic Park, a new technology and retail park being developed along Interstate 64. If you wish to find other businesses in Huntington, looking in the Huntington, West Virginia yellow pages and the Huntington, West Virginia business directory might be wise.
Huntington has much to culturally offer, including many festivals and museums. Among these festivals are the St. George Greek Festival, the Chilifest, Guyandotte Civil War Days, and the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival. Also notable is Camden Park, which is the only amusement part in West Virginia. Most athletics in the area are university level and are dominated by Marshall University, which is the main college in the area. Huntington operates under a mayor/city council form of government, with the educational system run separately by the Cabell County School System. Notable personalities from Huntington are Jim Grobe and Eloise Hughes Smith.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan