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Huntington fast facts

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 02:49 PM

Huntington is a city in Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia, along the Ohio River. Most of the city is in Cabell County, for which it is the county seat. A small portion of the city, mainly the neighborhood of Westmoreland, is in Wayne County. Its population was counted at 49,138 in 2010. Huntington is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area, with nearly 290,000 residents. Huntington is the largest city within the MSA and the second largest city in West Virginia, behind Charleston. The city is also the home of Marshall University.

The city was named for Collis P. Huntington, who founded Huntington in 1870 as the western terminus for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) on the land west of the mouth of the Guyandotte River at the Ohio River. The city houses numerous railroad shops which expanded east to Newport News (and coal piers) and west to eventually reach Cincinnati and Chicago in the years after its founding.

POPULATION: 49,138 (according to 2010 Census).

MAYOR: Steve Williams, 304-696-5540.

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Joyce Clark, District 1; Pete Gillespie (D), District 2; Frances Jackson (D), District 3; Gary Bunn (R), District 4; Sandra Clements (D), District 5; Mark Bates (R), District 6; Scott Caserta (D), District 7; Tom McGuffin (D), District 8; Rick Simmons (D) District 9; Rebecca Thacker (D), at-large; David Ball (D) at-large.

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

CITY HALL: 800 5th Ave., 304-696-5580. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Monday through Friday.

HUNTINGTON APPOINTED PERSONNEL: Administration & Finance, Brandi Jacobs-Jones; Attorney, Scott McClure; City Clerk, Barbara Nelson, 304-696-5530; Development and Planning, Charles Holley; Economic Develoment, Tom Bell; Finance, Deron Runyon; Human Relations, “Monty” Smith; Municipal Judge, Scott Damron; Public Works Sanitary Board, Loretta Covington.

POLICE: Huntington Police Department, Skip Holbrook, chief; non-emergency, 304-696-5510; investigations, 304-696-4420; services, 304-696-5560.

FIRE: Huntington Fire Department, Chief Carl Eastham; non-emergency, 304-696-5950.

AMBULANCE: Cabell County Emergency Medical Services, Gordon Merry III, director; non-emergency, 304-526-9797.

TRASH COLLECTION: City of Huntington Sanitation Department, 304-696-4431.


BOUNDARIES: Ohio River to the north, Interstate 64 to the south, Ceredo to the west and 40th Street in Guyandotte to the east.

SCHOOL DISTRICT: Cabell County Schools, 2850 5th Ave., 304-528-5000.

ZIP CODES: 25701-25779

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Transit Authority (bus service), 304-529-7433.