Southern West Virginia

Southern West Virginia

Southern West Virginia is a culturally and geographically distinct region in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Generally considered the heart of Appalachia, Southern West Virginia is known for its coal mining heritage and Southern affinity. The region is also closely identified with southwestern Virginia and southeastern Kentucky, with close proximity to northwestern North Carolina and East Tennessee. Today, Southern West Virginia continues to grapple with poverty and an accelerating population loss.

Southern West Virginia, in a cultural and historical context, includes the following counties:

*Boone County
*Fayette County
*Greenbrier County
*Lincoln County
*Logan County
*McDowell County
*Mercer County
*Mingo County
*Monroe County
*Nicholas County
*Raleigh County
*Summers County
*Wyoming County

The City of Beckley, in Raleigh County, is the largest city in this region, followed by Bluefield, in Mercer County. Beckley has recently undergone a period of modest economic growth, and serves as the primary economic and cultural hub of much of Southern West Virginia.

Geographically, Southern West Virginia is occasionally expanded to include the counties of the Charleston-Huntington Metro Valley region:

*Cabell County
*Kanawha County
*Putnam County
*Wayne County

Attractions

*Tamarack, Best of West Virginia
*Winterplace Ski Resort
*The Greenbrier
*New River Gorge

Media

TV

*WVVA - Bluefield - NBC - 6
*WOAY - Oak Hill - ABC - 4
*WVNS - Ghent - CBS - 59
*WLFB - Bluefield - Religious - 40

Radio

*WCIR-FM - Beckley - Top 40 - 103.7 FM
*WTNJ-FM - Mt. Hope - Country - 105.9 FM
*WHAJ-FM - Bluefield - Hot AC - 104.5 FM
*WVOW-FM - Logan - Variety - 101.9 FM
*WJLS-FM - Beckley - Country - 99.5 FM
*WXCC-FM - Williamson - Country - 96.5 FM
*WAXS-FM - Oak Hill - Oldies - 94.1 FM
*WRON-FM - Ronceverte - Good Time Oldies - 97.7 FM

Population

ee also

*Southwest Virginia

External links

* [http://www.visitwv.com/ Southern West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau]


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