Dunbar, West Virginia

Dunbar, West Virginia
See also Dunbar (disambiguation)
City of Dunbar
—  City  —
Location of Dunbar, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°21′52″N 81°44′22″W / 38.36444°N 81.73944°W / 38.36444; -81.73944Coordinates: 38°21′52″N 81°44′22″W / 38.36444°N 81.73944°W / 38.36444; -81.73944
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
County Kanawha
 – Mayor Jack Yeager
 – Total 2.8 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 – Land 2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 594 ft (181 m)
Population (2007)
 – Total 7,907
 – Density 2,747.8/sq mi (1,109.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25064
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-22564[1]
GNIS feature ID 1538426[2]

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census estimate. Dunbar was incorporated on April 19, 1921, by an Act of the West Virginia Legislature, and named for Dunbar Baines, a prominent area banker.[3]



Located at Dunbar is the Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[4]


Dunbar is located at 38°21′52″N 81°44′22″W / 38.36444°N 81.73944°W / 38.36444; -81.73944 (38.364319, -81.739539)[5].Dunbar is served by Interstate 64 and WV 25.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land.

Notable businesses

In the past, Dunbar was home to a glass industry, through the Dunbar Glass and Kanawha Glass companies. Dunbar was also home to the Gravely Tractor company.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 4,189
1940 5,266 25.7%
1950 8,032 52.5%
1960 11,006 37.0%
1970 9,151 −16.9%
1980 9,285 1.5%
1990 8,697 −6.3%
2000 8,154 −6.2%
2010 7,907 −3.0%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,154 people, 3,744 households, and 2,167 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,874.5 people per square mile (1,108.5/km²). There were 4,128 housing units at an average density of 1,455.2 per square mile (561.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.65% White, 10.72% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

There were 3,744 households out of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,117, and the median income for a family was $42,665. Males had a median income of $34,816 versus $24,184 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,030. About 13.2% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


Dunbar is served by the following schools:

  • Dunbar Primary School (K-2)


  • Dunbar Intermediate Center (3-5)


  • Dunbar Middle School (6-8)


  • South Charleston High School (9-12)


  • Ben Franklin Career Center


External links


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ West Virginia Blue Book. Published annually by the Clerk's Office of the West Virginia Senate.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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