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City of Dunbar
Location of Dunbar in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Location of Dunbar in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
County Kanawha
 • Total 2.81 sq mi (7.27 km2)
 • Land 2.80 sq mi (7.26 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
594 ft (181 m)
 • Total 7,907
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,531.41/sq mi (977.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-22564
GNIS feature ID 1538426

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.


Dunbar was incorporated on April 19, 1921, by an Act of the West Virginia Legislature. Dunbar is on land that was originally occupied by Native Americans with 11 mounds identified in the residential areas. The land was granted to George Washington for his military service and was named for Mary Dunbar after she inherited the land from Washington, although other sources say it was named for Dunbar Baines, a prominent area banker. Dunbar was a farming community until industries began to evolve in the City with the opening of glass and bottling plants in 1912. The Gravely Plow was invented in Dunbar in 1916. Located at Dunbar is the Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.


Dunbar is located at 38°21′52″N 81°44′22″W / 38.36444°N 81.73944°W / 38.36444; -81.73944 (38.364319, -81.739539). Dunbar is served by Interstate 64 and WV 25.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.81 square miles (7.28 km2), of which, 2.80 square miles (7.25 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Notable businesses

In the past, Dunbar was home to a glass industry, through the Dunbar Glass and Kanawha Glass companies. Dunbar was also home to the Gravely Tractor company.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 4,189
1940 5,266 25.7%
1950 8,032 52.5%
1960 11,006 37.0%
1970 9,151 −16.9%
1980 9,285 1.5%
1990 8,697 −6.3%
2000 8,154 −6.2%
2010 7,907 −3.0%
2019 (est.) 7,093 −10.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,907 people, 3,795 households, and 2,000 families living in the city. The population density was 2,823.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,090.3/km2). There were 4,175 housing units at an average density of 1,491.1 per square mile (575.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.7% White, 12.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 3,795 households, of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.3% were non-families. 40.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 18.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 20.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.7% male and 54.3% female.


Dunbar is served by the following schools:

  • Dunbar Primary School (K–2)
  • Dunbar Intermediate Center (3–5)
  • Dunbar Middle School (6–8)
  • South Charleston High School (9–12) — There is no public high school in Dunbar. Students attend South Charleston High School.
  • Ben Franklin Career Center

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