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Clay, West Virginia

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Welcome to Clay ...

The town of Clay is located in Clay County<1> and is the County Seat for Clay County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Clay has a population of 440 people<2> (see below for details).

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

Clay is 730 feet [223 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Telephone area codes for Clay: (304) and (681)<4>

The ZIP code for Clay: 25043<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Clay had an population of 440 people. This is a decrease of 10.39% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 25.8% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Clay had a population of 491 people (which is 5.23% of the total population of Clay County). This makes Clay the county's most populous community.

The population of Clay represents 0.03% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 169th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 491 people, the population of Clay decreased 17.2% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 593 people).

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

Communities Also Named Clay ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 22 communities that are also named Clay - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan (2), Mississippi, Missouri (2), New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia (2) and Wyoming.

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

Communities near Clay ...

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

  • Summersville [Nicholas County]
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    • Summersville [Nicholas County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of Clay
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,225 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summersville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summersville<7>
  • Clendenin [Kanawha County]
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    • Clendenin [Kanawha County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the west of Clay
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,098 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clendenin<7>
  • Valley Fork [Clay County]
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    • Valley Fork [Clay County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the northwest of Clay
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  • Harrison [Clay County]
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    • Harrison [Clay County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Clay
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Procious [Clay County]
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      • Procious [Clay County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the west of Clay
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    • Pigeon [Roane County]
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      • Pigeon [Roane County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the northwest of Clay
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    • Mudfork [Calhoun County]
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      • Mudfork [Calhoun County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the north of Clay
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    • Strange Creek [Braxton County]
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      • Strange Creek [Braxton County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Clay
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    • Widen [Clay County]
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      • Widen [Clay County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the east of Clay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Widen have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Stinson [Calhoun County]
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      • Stinson [Calhoun County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Clay
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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 Clay. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Clay.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Clay. 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 Clay.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Clay. See our Newspapers Page for Clay.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Clay ...

Looking for more information about Clay? 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 Clay, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Clay.

Adding Clay to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Clay was on a map titled Map of West Virginia (from Rand McNally, 1911).

We also found Clay on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for West Virginia (1956).

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Clay. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of West Virginia's counties, including Clay, 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 Clay.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Clay - 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 town (such as Clay). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Clay 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Clay) 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 Clay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ClayOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clay. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4610, Longitude: -81.0847    
<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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