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Welcome to Welch ...

The city of Welch is located in McDowell County<1> and is the County Seat for McDowell County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Welch has a population of 1,643 people<2> (see below for details).

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

Welch is 1,450 feet [442 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Area codes for Welch: (304) & (681)<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Welch had an population of 1,643 people. This is a decrease of 31.71% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 38.76% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Welch had a population of 2,406 people (or 10.88% of the total population of McDowell County). This makes Welch the county's most populous community.

The population of Welch represents 0.13% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 55th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,406 people, the population of Welch decreased 10.32% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 2,683 people).

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

Communities Also Named Welch ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 18 communities that are also named Welch - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, North Carolina (2), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

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

Communities near Welch ...

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

  • Mullens [Wyoming County]
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    • Mullens [Wyoming County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Welch
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,288 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mullens have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mullens
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mullens<7>
  • Oceana [Wyoming County]
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    • Oceana [Wyoming County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the north of Welch
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,195 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oceana
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oceana<7>
  • Gary [McDowell County]
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    • Gary [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Welch
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 759 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gary have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gary
  • War [McDowell County]
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    • War [McDowell County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Welch
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 659 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for War have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Pineville [Wyoming County]
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      • Pineville [Wyoming County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the north of Welch
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 567 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pineville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pineville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pineville<7>
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
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      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Welch
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 348 people
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    • Bramwell [Mercer County]
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      • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Welch
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 334 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bramwell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bramwell<7>
    • Davy [McDowell County]
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      • Davy [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Welch
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 324 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Davy have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Davy
    • Northfork [McDowell County]
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      • Northfork [McDowell County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the east of Welch
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 322 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Northfork have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northfork
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Northfork<7>
    • Bradshaw [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bradshaw
      • Bradshaw [McDowell County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Welch
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 258 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bradshaw have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bradshaw
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bradshaw<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 Welch. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Welch.

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Welch ...

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

Adding Welch to Our Gazetteer ...

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Welch. 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>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Welch.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Welch - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<5>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- Welch) 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 Welch. 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 WelchOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Welch. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4318, Longitude: -81.5845    
<6>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.
<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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