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Gauley Bridge

Gauley Bridge, West Virginia

  •   State: 
    West Virginia
    Fayette County
    Gauley Bridge
      County FIPS: 
    38°10′4″N 81°11′49″W
      Area total: 
    1.63 sq mi (4.22 km²)
      Area land: 
    1.58 sq mi (4.10 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.05 sq mi (0.12 km²)
    810 ft (247 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Beckley, WV
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    349.56 residents per square mile of area (134.93/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Gauley Bridge is a town in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 614 at the 2010 census. The Kanawha River is formed at Gauley Bridge by the confluence of the New and Gauley Rivers. The community was named after a bridge over the Gauley River near the original town site. It is close to the site of the Hawk's Nest incident, in which hundreds of people died in the 1920s and 1930s. The town is located at 38°1004N 81°1149W (38.167815, -81.197079).According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.63 square miles (4.22 km²), of which 1.58 square miles of it is land and 0.05 sq miles (0.13 km²) is water. The median income for a household in the town was $25,500, and the median for a family was $26,250. About 26.7% of families and 33.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49% of those under the age of 18 and 24 of those over 24.7 years of age. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was2.87. In 2000, there were 738 people, 325 households, and 205 families living in the the town. As of the census of 2010,there were 614 people, 279 homes, and 159 families.


Gauley Bridge is the primary city name, but also Brownsville are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. Gauley Bridge is located at 38°1004N 81°1149W (38.167815, -81.197079).According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.63 square miles (4.22 km²) of which 1.58 square miles is land and 0.05 sq miles (0.13 km²), is water. The town is home to the Gauley Bridge High School, which was founded in 1903. The school is located in the town of Gauley, which is also known as Gauley High School and Gauley Elementary School. It is located on the banks of the Red River, which runs through the center of the town. The Gauley River flows through the town, and the town's name is derived from the river's ancient name, Gauley. It was named after a local family of the same name, who lived in the area in the 1800s and early 1900s.


As of the census of 2010, there were 614 people, 279 households, and 159 families living in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 98.9% White, 0.3% Native American, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population. The median income for a household in theTown was $22,500. The per capita income for the town is $11,820. About 49.7% of those under age 18 and 24.7%. of those age 65 or over. are below the poverty line. The town has a population of 614, with a median age of 43.5 years, and a population density of 458.6 inhabitants per square mile (177.0/km²) The town is located on the U.S. Geological Survey map of New Hampshire. The U.N. Census Bureau estimates the town's population at 614 in 2010, with an estimated 614 by the end of the year. The population is expected to rise to 738 by the year's end, with the population expected to reach 7,000 by the mid-2020s. It is the only town in the state to have a post-secondary education program. The state's population growth rate has been slow, with only 1.4% of residents attending college or higher. The city's population has been declining since the early 1990s, when it had a growth rate of 2.9%. The town was founded in 1881.


U.S. Route 60, WV 16, and WV 39 all intersect in Downtown Gauley Bridge. WV 60, 16 and 39 are all part of the West Virginia Turnpike system. The West Virginia Highway System was established in the early 1900s. It was the first state highway system in the United States. It is still in use today and is a major artery in the state. The WV Highway System has been in operation since the late 1800s and is one of the oldest in the U.S., according to the National Highway and Transportation Association (NHTSA) The NHTSA says it is the only highway system that runs through downtown Morgantown, West Virginia. It also runs through the state's largest city, Mountaintop, which is located on the other side of the Gauley River. The highway system was built in the mid-19th century and was named after Gauley, a town in West Virginia, which was once the largest city in the region. It has since been the site of the WV Transportation Commission (WVTC), which was formed in the late 19th century. The current WVTC is based in Morgantop, where it was founded in the 1930s and has been the location of the NHTSC since the early 20th century, as well as a number of other state highways. The NTC says it has been a major hub for the region since the mid 1950s and early 1960s.

Notable person

MacGillivray Milne was the 27th Governor of American Samoa. He was born in American Samoa and died in Samoan capital of Samoaland. Milne is known for his work as a politician and philanthropist. He is the father of American Samoans and the son of a Samoan woman. He served as governor from 2003 to 2008. He also served as a member of the US House of Representatives in the 1990s. He had a son, MacGillvray, and a daughter, MacKenzie Milne, who died in 2010. The son was also a politician, and served as Governor from 2007 to 2010.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia = 87. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 81. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 71. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Gauley Bridge = 4.2 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 1,811 individuals with a median age of 35.3 age the population dropped by -3.65% in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 349.56 residents per square mile of area (134.93/km²). There are average 2.18 people per household in the 325 households with an average household income of $26,393 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.50% of the available work force and has dropped -4.70% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.10%. The number of physicians in Gauley Bridge per 100,000 population = 105.7.


The annual rainfall in Gauley Bridge = 43.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 24.6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 120. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 158. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 24.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 51, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia which are owned by the occupant = 40.99%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 55 years with median home cost = $57,220 and home appreciation of -1.71%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $6.32 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,779 per student. There are 14.5 students for each teacher in the school, 1247 students for each Librarian and 130 students for each Counselor. 2.13% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 5.32% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.96% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Gauley Bridge's population in Fayette County, West Virginia of 22,892 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,08-fold to 1,811 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.67% female residents and 47.33% male residents live in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia.

    As of 2020 in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia are married and the remaining 47.22% are single population.

  • 35.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Gauley Bridge require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    68.55% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 16.53% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.42% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.44% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia, 40.99% are owner-occupied homes, another 43.86% are rented apartments, and the remaining 15.14% are vacant.

  • The 33.43% of the population in Gauley Bridge, Fayette County, West Virginia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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