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Ceredo, West Virginia
Looking east along U.S. Route 60 from C Street
Looking east along U.S. Route 60 from C Street
Location of Ceredo in Wayne County, West Virginia.
Location of Ceredo in Wayne County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Wayne
 • Total 2.04 sq mi (5.29 km2)
 • Land 1.31 sq mi (3.40 km2)
 • Water 0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
551 ft (168 m)
 • Total 1,450
 • Estimate 
 • Density 968.80/sq mi (374.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304, 681
FIPS code 54-14308
GNIS feature ID 1537176
CK Mitch Stadium
A Little League Baseball game.

Ceredo is a town in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the Ohio River. The population was 1,450 at the 2010 census. Ceredo is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.

The city is also near the location of the Southern Airways Flight 932 aviation disaster. On November 14, 1970, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 airplane carrying the Marshall University football team crashed on a hillside on approach to the Tri-State Airport, killing all 75 on board. A movie about the tragedy, We Are Marshall, was released in 2006.


Ceredo was so named by its founder because of the bountiful harvest of corn upon the site. The name is derived from Ceres, the goddess of corn and harvest.

New England Congregationalists founded Ceredo to demonstrate the superiority of an economic system not based on slave labor. Eli Thayer, an abolitionist congressman from Massachusetts, believed that bringing abolitionists like himself into southern states could ultimately bring about the end of slavery. While some welcomed the newcomers, several area newspapers published opinions against this "invasion." The newspaper of nearby Ashland, Kentucky, however, supported this move. By 1857, the city was fully established with a newspaper of its own and several industries.

With John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, the situation for this abolitionist colony appeared bleak. Its purpose to bring about the peaceful end of slavery over, several residents volunteered for pro-Union regiments.

The Cabell Huntington Hospital was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


Ceredo is located at 38°23′36″N 82°33′37″W / 38.39333°N 82.56028°W / 38.39333; -82.56028 (38.393406, -82.560246).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.26 square miles (5.85 km2), of which, 1.53 square miles (3.96 km2) is land and 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 462
1890 923 99.8%
1900 1,279 38.6%
1910 1,215 −5.0%
1920 1,110 −8.6%
1930 1,164 4.9%
1940 1,212 4.1%
1950 1,399 15.4%
1960 1,387 −0.9%
1970 1,583 14.1%
1980 2,255 42.5%
1990 1,916 −15.0%
2000 1,675 −12.6%
2010 1,450 −13.4%
2019 (est.) 1,273 −12.2%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,450 people, 638 households, and 378 families living in the city. The population density was 947.7 inhabitants per square mile (365.9/km2). There were 718 housing units at an average density of 469.3 per square mile (181.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 638 households, of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.6% 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 2.64.

The median age in the city was 48.9 years. 16.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 26.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 42.6% male and 57.4% female.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ceredo has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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