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Hurricane, West Virginia
Main Street in Hurricane in 2007
Main Street in Hurricane in 2007
Location of Hurricane in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Location of Hurricane in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Putnam
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 3.78 sq mi (9.78 km2)
 • Land 3.74 sq mi (9.70 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
705 ft (215 m)
 • Total 6,284
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,717.41/sq mi (663.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304, 681
FIPS code 54-39532
GNIS feature ID 1554759

Hurricane is a city in Putnam County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 6,284 at the 2010 census.

Hurricane is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000.


Hurricane was named after Hurricane Creek, which was, in turn, named after a group of trees at the arm of the river bent in one direction. A party of surveyors commissioned by George Washington noted the site appeared to have been struck by a hurricane, giving rise to the name. Locals pronounce the town (HURR-i-KINN) not (HURR-i-CANE). Less than 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Hurricane is a post office named Hurricane.

A town named Hurricane Bridge was located where West Virginia Route 39 now crosses the creek, near current-day Hurricane. The town can be traced back to an 1811 Virginia map. The town primarily consisted of a large Inn. On March 28, 1863 , Union and Confederate forces fought a Civil War battle at Hurricane Bridge, now known as the skirmish at Hurricane Bridge.

Hurricane itself can be traced back to 1873, when a railroad track was laid through the town and a small depot was constructed. It was during this period that Main Street developed, and other businesses in the area. Hurricane was a trading and residential town for tobacco growers and other farmers in the early 1900s. The fire department was established March 2, 1936. It was incorporated as a town in 1889, and as a city in the 1970s.

The three oldest continuously operating businesses are:

  • The Hurricane Breeze, a weekly newspaper established October 1900.
  • Putnam County Bank, established October 25, 1901.
  • Rappold's Barber Shop, established June 1906.

In the early 1990s, the old depot, which once served as the catalyst for the town's development, was torn down and replaced with a small gazebo. It was also during the 1990s that the city began to see a surge in urban growth as several subdivisions were established in the city limits. The population increase resulted in the widening of Route 34, a connecting road to Teays Valley, and an expansion of Hurricane High School.

In 2002, a winning multi-state Powerball ticket was sold at a convenience store in Teays Valley near the city of Hurricane. The winning ticketholder was Jack Whittaker. At the time it was the largest jackpot ever won by a single winning ticket in the history of American lottery.[OMG]


Hurricane is located at 38°25′57″N 82°1′11″W / 38.43250°N 82.01972°W / 38.43250; -82.01972 (38.432483, -82.019718).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.77 square miles (9.76 km2), of which, 3.74 square miles (9.69 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 67
1890 207 209.0%
1900 240 15.9%
1910 422 75.8%
1920 666 57.8%
1930 1,293 94.1%
1940 1,103 −14.7%
1950 1,463 32.6%
1960 1,970 34.7%
1970 3,491 77.2%
1980 3,751 7.4%
1990 4,461 18.9%
2000 5,222 17.1%
2010 6,284 20.3%
2020 6,961 10.8%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,284 people, 2,499 households, and 1,785 families living in the city. The population density was 1,680.2 inhabitants per square mile (648.7/km2). There were 2,627 housing units at an average density of 702.4 per square mile (271.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 1.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 2,499 households, of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 38.1 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Notable people

  • John "Doc" Holliday, former head football coach at Marshall University
  • Tyler Payne, professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs
  • Alex Wilson, MLB relief pitcher

See also

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