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Welcome to Bluefield ...

The city of Bluefield is located in Mercer County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bluefield has a population of 9,629 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Bluefield.

Bluefield is 2,610 feet [796 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Bluefield is ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Bluefield lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Bluefield: (304) and (681)<4>

The ZIP code for Bluefield: 24701<5>

Websites for Bluefield ...

Official Website:   www.ci.bluefield.wv.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.bluefieldchamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bluefield had an population of 9,629 people. This is a decrease of 7.83% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 15.91% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bluefield had a population of 10,447 people (or 16.78% of the total population of Mercer County). This makes Bluefield the county's most populous community.

The population of Bluefield represents 0.56% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 14th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 10,447 people, the population of Bluefield decreased 8.77% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 11,451 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bluefield.

Adding Bluefield to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Bluefield in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Bluefield elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Bluefield on a Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Bluefield on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Bluefield ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Bluefield - they are located in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bluefield.

Communities near Bluefield ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bluefield.

  • Princeton [Mercer County]
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    • Princeton [Mercer County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northeast of Bluefield
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,675 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princeton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Princeton<7>
  • Tazewell [Tazewell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tazewell
    • Tazewell [Tazewell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southwest of Bluefield
    • Estimated population in 2019: 4,141 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tazewell have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tazewell
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tazewell<7>
  • Athens [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Athens
    • Athens [Mercer County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Bluefield
    • Estimated population in 2019: 897 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Athens<7>
  • Gary [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gary
    • Gary [McDowell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the west of Bluefield
    • Estimated population in 2019: 788 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gary have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gary
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
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      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the west of Bluefield
      • Estimated population in 2019: 353 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocahontas
    • Bramwell [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bramwell
      • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Bluefield
      • Estimated population in 2019: 337 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bramwell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bramwell<7>
    • Northfork [McDowell County]
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      • Northfork [McDowell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Bluefield
      • Estimated population in 2019: 336 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Northfork have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northfork
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Northfork<7>
    • Keystone [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keystone
      • Keystone [McDowell County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Bluefield
      • Estimated population in 2019: 223 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keystone have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keystone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keystone<7>
    • Matoaka [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Matoaka
      • Matoaka [Mercer County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the north of Bluefield
      • Estimated population in 2019: 202 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Matoaka have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Matoaka
    • Anawalt [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anawalt
      • Anawalt [McDowell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Bluefield
      • Estimated population in 2019: 179 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anawalt have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anawalt

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bluefield. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bluefield.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bluefield. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bluefield.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bluefield. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bluefield.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bluefield ...

Looking for more information about Bluefield? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bluefield, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bluefield.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mercer County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bluefield: www.ci.bluefield.wv.us/

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of West Virginia's counties, including Mercer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bluefield.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bluefield - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bluefield). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bluefield or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bluefield) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bluefield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bluefield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bluefield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2671, Longitude: -81.2219    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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