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Welcome to Gary ...

The city of Gary is located in McDowell County<1>.

The location of Gary has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Gary refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Garyite<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Gary has a population of 788 people<4> (see below for details).

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

Gary is 1,390 feet [424 m] above sea level.<5>.

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

Area codes for Gary: (304) and (681)<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Gary had an population of 788 people. This is a decrease of 18.6% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 14.07% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Gary had a population of 968 people. This makes Gary the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Gary represents 0.05% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 113rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 968 people, the population of Gary increased 5.56% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 917 people).

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

Communities Also Named Gary ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 14 communities that are also named Gary - they are located in Colorado, Florida, Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota (2), New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

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

Communities near Gary ...

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

  • Bluefield [Mercer County]
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    • Bluefield [Mercer County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the east of Gary
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,505 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<8>
  • Bluefield [Tazewell County]
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    • Bluefield [Tazewell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the southeast of Gary
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,814 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<8>
  • Tazewell [Tazewell County]
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    • Tazewell [Tazewell County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the south of Gary
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,113 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tazewell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tazewell<8>
  • Welch [McDowell County]
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    • Welch [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<7> to the northwest of Gary
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,575 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Welch<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Mullens [Wyoming County]
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      • Mullens [Wyoming County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the northeast of Gary
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,288 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mullens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mullens<8>
    • War [McDowell County]
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      • War [McDowell County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the southwest of Gary
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 659 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for War have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Pineville [Wyoming County]
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      • Pineville [Wyoming County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the north of Gary
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 567 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pineville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pineville<8>
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
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      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the east of Gary
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 348 people
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    • Bramwell [Mercer County]
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      • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the east of Gary
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 334 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bramwell<8>
    • Davy [McDowell County]
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      • Davy [McDowell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the northwest of Gary
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 324 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Davy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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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 Gary. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Gary.

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Gary ...

Looking for more information about Gary? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Gary, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Gary.

Adding Gary to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Gary 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 Gary was on a map titled Map of West Virginia (from Rand McNally, 1911).

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

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

Mentions & References for Gary

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

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 McDowell, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Gary refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Gary may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gary.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Gary - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<7>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- Gary) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gary. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from GaryOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gary. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3659, Longitude: -81.5473       In this case, the coordinates for Gary have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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