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Welcome to Sophia ...

The town of Sophia is located in Raleigh County<1>.

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Sophia has a population of 1,231 people<3> (see below for details).

Sophia was established in 1912.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Sophia: Named after S.O. Dunlap

The community of Sophia is 2,390 feet [728 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Sophia is about ½ mile above sea level.

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

Area codes for Sophia: (304) and (681)<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Sophia had an population of 1,231 people. This is a decrease of 8.41% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.38% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Sophia had a population of 1,344 people. This makes Sophia the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Sophia represents 0.07% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 93rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,344 people, the population of Sophia increased 3.31% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,301 people).

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

Communities Also Named Sophia ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Sophia - they are located in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

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

Communities near Sophia ...

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

  • Beckley [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beckley
    • Beckley [Raleigh County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Sophia
    • Estimated population in 2019: 15,940 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beckley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beckley<7>
  • Mullens [Wyoming County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mullens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mullens
    • Mullens [Wyoming County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Sophia
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,325 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mullens
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mullens<7>
  • Mount Hope [Fayette County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Hope
    • Mount Hope [Fayette County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Sophia
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,274 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Hope
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Hope<7>
  • Mabscott [Raleigh County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mabscott have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mabscott
    • Mabscott [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Sophia
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,263 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mabscott
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Pineville [Wyoming County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pineville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pineville
      • Pineville [Wyoming County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Sophia
      • Estimated population in 2019: 574 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pineville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pineville<7>
    • Matoaka [Mercer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Matoaka have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Matoaka
      • Matoaka [Mercer County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the south of Sophia
      • Estimated population in 2019: 202 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Matoaka
    • Rhodell [Raleigh County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rhodell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodell
      • Rhodell [Raleigh County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the south of Sophia
      • Estimated population in 2019: 160 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhodell
    • Pax [Fayette County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pax have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pax
      • Pax [Fayette County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the north of Sophia
      • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pax
    • Thurmond [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thurmond
      • Thurmond [Fayette County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northeast of Sophia
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thurmond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thurmond<7>
    • MacArthur [Raleigh County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for MacArthur have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for MacArthur
      • MacArthur [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Sophia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on MacArthur
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for MacArthur<7>

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

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sophia ...

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sophia. 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 Raleigh, 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>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sophia.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Sophia - 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 from Point A (ie- Sophia) 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 Sophia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sophia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sophia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7061, Longitude: -81.2536       In this case, the coordinates for Sophia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>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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