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Mercer County offers prime real estate, low cost, a strong labor pool, low crime, arts and culture, outstanding outdoor recreation, professional sports teams, and a central location that is easily accessible and puts you within a day's drive to two-third's of the U.S. population.

The climate is ideal year-round. The high elevation helps to moderate summer heat and humidity. Excellent health care is available at two community hospitals, a regional medical center and a rehabilitation center.

Residents enjoy an abundance of leisure activities including arts and crafts, theater productions, skiing, hunting, fishing, golf, a popular state park, all in their back yard.

Unique among local sporting attractions is Appalachian League baseball which includes the Bluefield Blue Jays and the Princeton Rays - farm clubs of the major league teams in Toronto and Tampa Bay.

 

Find out about our two cities . . . Bluefield & Princeton!

 

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Education is the key to the county's continued quality of life. Over 1,200 professional, supervisory and support personnel are employed in the county, serving over 11,000 students in the educational system, with a total of 866 teachers.

College opportunities are plentiful with two, four-year colleges in the county, Concord College and Bluefield State College, offering undergraduate degree programs. Graduate degrees are available at both institutions via the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (COGS).

 
Schools
Teachers
Grades
Enrollment
Primary
27
645
K-12
9,271
Private & Parochial
2
14
K-12
256
Technical
1
32
10-adult
920
Colleges
5
 
 
 
Bluefield State College
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Bluefield College
    Visit Bluefield College online.
Concord University
    Visit Concord University online.
National College
    Visit National College online.
New River Community and Tech College
    Visit New River & Tech. College online.
Valley College
    Visit Valley College online.

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Newspapers:
Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Daily & Sunday)
Princeton Times (Weekly)
USA Today (Daily)
State Journal (Monthly)
 
Radio:
WAEY FM - 96/AM - 1490
WAMN AM - 1040
WHIS AM - 1440
WHAJ FM - 104
WKEZ AM – 1240
WKOY FM - 101
WKMY FM - 101
WGAG FM - 93.1
WVBL FM – 88.5
WVCU FM – 97.7
WPIB FM - 91.1
WPWV FM – 90.1
WSTG FM – 95.9
 
Television:
WVVA-TV (Channel 6)
Comcast Cable
Suddenlink
 
Telephone:
Frontier Communication

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Total Libraries: 4 Total Volumes: 301,536

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Motor trucking served by:
Consolidated Motor Express
Heavy Hauling
Yellow Freight
UPS Freight
 
Bus Service:
Greyhound and Bluefield Transit Authority
Intracity-Yes
 
Parcel Service:
Federal Express
United Parcel Service
Airborne Express
Wells Fargo
DHL Worldwide Express
 
Air Service:
Mercer County is served by the Mercer County Airport
Runway Length - 4,743 feet
Surface - asphalt
Commercial service - Yes
 
Railroad Service:
Norfolk Southern Railway Company
 
Taxi Service:
Taxi Service - Cimmaron Coach
Taxi One
 
Limousine Service:
Greenbrier Valley Limousines

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Annual Avg.

Monthly Avg.

Temperature

52.0

January 30.9
July 70.2

Rainfall (inches)  

38.4

Snowfall (inches)  

35-45

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Prostestant

102

Catholic

3

Synagogue

1

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Mercer County government is responsible for numerous and varied functions, which are administered by local elected officials. The government of Mercer County plays a very large role in delivering public services to the citizens in their county, i.e. police protection, health services, recreation, fire protection, flood protection, ambulances, senior citizen programs, and transportation.

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Amateur Theaters

2

Auto Race Tracks

1

Ball Fields

4

Bowling Centers

2

Drive-in

1

Fitness Centers

2

Golf Courses

4

Indoor Movies

8

Pools

4

Tennis Courts

20

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Mercer County

$31,485

(2012)

Average Weekly Wage

$639.00

(2012)

     
Industry Average    
Annual Wage

$33,037

(2012)

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Motels

15

Total Rooms

950

Shopping Centers

6

Department Stores

9

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Hospitals

3

Number of beds

462

Clinics

8

 

300

Doctors

259

   
Dentists

30

   

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Number of Employees
 
Company
 
 
 
1000 - 1250
  Mercer County Board of Education
 
  Princeton Community Hospital
 
   
 
   
 
  Bluefield Regional Medical Center
 
  Bluefield State College
 
  Concord University
 
  Echostar
 
  Grants
 
  Kroger (Princeton & Bluewell)
200 - 999
  Lisk Disposal/Empire Salvage
 
  Mercer County Courthouse
 
  Norfolk Southern
 
  Res-care
 
  Southern Highlands
 
  Wal-Mart
 
   
 
   
 
  Allegheny Wood Products
 
  BB&T
 
  Carter Machinery
 
  Conn-Weld Industries
100 - 199
  First Community Bank
 
  King Tire Service, Inc.
 
  Lowes
 
  Summit Community Bank
 
  Timken- Smith Services, Inc.
 
   
 
   
 
  Acme Wood Preserving
 
  American National University
 
  BSC/Downard Hydraulics, LLC
 
  Bluefield Daily Telegraph
 
  Cole Chevreloet Cadillac GMC
 
  Frontier Communications
25 - 99
  IPM Technologies/Bluefield Gear
 
  Lamb Machine
 
  Mercer Nursing & Rehabilitation
 
  Ramey Motors
 
  Recycle West Virginia
 
  Rish Equipment
 
  Shrewsbury Machine & Casting
 
  Tabor Machine
 
  Worldwide Equipment, Inc.

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