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Davis, West Virginia
William Avenue (Route 32) in Davis in 2020
William Avenue (Route 32) in Davis in 2020
Location of Davis in Tucker County, West Virginia.
Location of Davis in Tucker County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Tucker
 • Total 1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)
 • Land 1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,100 ft (945 m)
 • Total 660
 • Estimate 
 • Density 344.62/sq mi (133.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-20428
GNIS feature ID 1550876

Davis is a town in Tucker County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the Blackwater River. The population was 660 at the 2010 census.


Davis was named either for Senator Henry Gassaway Davis, or for his family generally.

The Herman August Meyer House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.


Davis is located at 39°07′52″N 79°27′59″W / 39.131110°N 79.466318°W / 39.131110; -79.466318 (39.131110, -79.466318). It is located in the northern portion of the Canaan Valley, West Virginia near the Canaan Valley State Resort Park, and is partially surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest including scenic Blackwater Falls.

At an elevation of 3,100 feet, Davis has the highest elevation of any West Virginia town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.83 square miles (4.74 km2), all of it land.

Mountain biking

The area surrounding Davis is renowned for its mountain biking trails and bike culture. The most notable trails include the Plantation Trail, Hoo Doo Hustle and Moon Rocks. Many more miles of trails are also easily accessible at nearby Blackwater Falls State Park. The area also hosts several mountain bike races each year. One of these races, The Revenge Of The Rattlesnake, is considered one of the toughest bike races in the country.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 918
1900 2,391 160.5%
1910 2,615 9.4%
1920 2,491 −4.7%
1930 1,656 −33.5%
1940 1,454 −12.2%
1950 1,271 −12.6%
1960 898 −29.3%
1970 868 −3.3%
1980 979 12.8%
1990 799 −18.4%
2000 624 −21.9%
2010 660 5.8%
2019 (est.) 631 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 660 people, 305 households, and 173 families living in the town. The population density was 360.7 inhabitants per square mile (139.3/km2). There were 425 housing units at an average density of 232.2 per square mile (89.7/km2). The racial makup of the town was 98.0% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9%.

Of the 305 households 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.3% were non-families. 37.4% of households were one person and 15.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the town was 46.1 years. 17.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 34.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Davis has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.

Notable people

  • Eddie Baker, film actor
  • Frankie Yankovic, known as "America's Polka King"
  • Karl Lashley, psychologist

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