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Welcome to Princeton ...

The city of Princeton is located in Mercer County<1> and is the County Seat for Mercer County.

When the people of Princeton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Princetonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Princeton has a population of 5,675 people<3> (see below for details).

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

Princeton is 2,430 feet [741 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Princeton is about ½ mile above sea level.

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

Telephone area codes for Princeton: (304) & (681)<5>

The ZIP code for Princeton: 24740<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Princeton had an population of 5,675 people. This is a decrease of 11.77% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.59% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Princeton had a population of 6,432 people (or 10.33% of the total population of Mercer County). This makes Princeton the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Princeton represents 0.35% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 6,432 people, the population of Princeton increased 1.34% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 6,347 people).

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

Adding Princeton 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 Princeton 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 Princeton elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

Communities Also Named Princeton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 43 communities that are also named Princeton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas (2), British Columbia, California (3), Colorado, Florida, Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (2), Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia and Wisconsin.

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

Communities near Princeton ...

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

  • Bluefield [Mercer County]
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    • Bluefield [Mercer County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the southwest of Princeton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 9,629 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 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southwest of Princeton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 4,837 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<8>
  • Narrows [Giles County]
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    • Narrows [Giles County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the east of Princeton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,952 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Narrows have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Narrows<8>
  • Athens [Mercer County]
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    • Athens [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Princeton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 897 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Athens<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Rich Creek [Giles County]
    • Peterstown [Monroe County]
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      • Peterstown [Monroe County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the east of Princeton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 621 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Peterstown<8>
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
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      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the west of Princeton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 353 people
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    • Bramwell [Mercer County]
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      • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the west of Princeton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 337 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bramwell<8>
    • Northfork [McDowell County]
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      • Northfork [McDowell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the west of Princeton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 336 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Northfork have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northfork
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Northfork<8>
    • Keystone [McDowell County]
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      • Keystone [McDowell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the west of Princeton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 223 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keystone have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keystone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keystone<8>

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 Princeton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Princeton.

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Princeton. Our list includes 13 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Princeton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Princeton ...

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Princeton. 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 Mercer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 Princeton 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 Princeton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Princeton.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Princeton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<6>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 Princeton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Princeton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Princeton) 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 Princeton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Princeton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Princeton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3671, Longitude: -81.1024    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>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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