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Princeton, West Virginia

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Welcome to Princeton ...

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

The location of Princeton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Princeton has a population of 5,741 people<3> (see below for details).

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) and (681)<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Princeton had an population of 5,741 people. This is a decrease of 10.74% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 9.55% 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 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 (with a count of 6,347 people).

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

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.

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    • Bluefield [Mercer County]

      • Bluefield [Mercer County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Princeton
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    • Bluefield [Tazewell County]

      • Bluefield [Tazewell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Princeton
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    • Narrows [Giles County]

      • Narrows [Giles County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Princeton
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    • Rich Creek [Giles County]

      • Rich Creek [Giles County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Princeton
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    • Peterstown [Monroe County]

      • Peterstown [Monroe County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the east of Princeton
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    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]

      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the west of Princeton
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    • Northfork [McDowell County]

      • Northfork [McDowell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the west of Princeton
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    • Bramwell [Mercer County]

      • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Princeton
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    • Keystone [McDowell County]

      • Keystone [McDowell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the west of Princeton
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    • Matoaka [Mercer County]

      • Matoaka [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the northwest of Princeton
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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 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages 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.

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Footnotes ...

<1>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.
<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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Princeton) 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 Princeton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, 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: 37.3689, Longitude: -81.0961       In this case, the coordinates for Princeton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






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