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City of Montgomery
Third Avenue in Montgomery. The Montgomery Amtrak station is on the left.
Third Avenue in Montgomery. The Montgomery Amtrak station is on the left.
Location of Montgomery in Fayette County, West Virginia
Location of Montgomery in Fayette County, West Virginia
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Coordinates: 38°10′48″N 81°19′36″W / 38.18000°N 81.32667°W / 38.18000; -81.32667Coordinates: 38°10′48″N 81°19′36″W / 38.18000°N 81.32667°W / 38.18000; -81.32667
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Counties Fayette, Kanawha
Area
 • Total 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)
 • Land 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
Elevation
636 ft (194 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,638
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,508
 • Density 942.50/sq mi (363.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25136
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-55468
GNIS feature ID 1555154

Montgomery is a city in Fayette and Kanawha counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The population was 1,638 at the 2010 census.

From 1876 to 1890, the town was called Coal Valley Post Office. The name then changed to Montgomery's Landing, then to Coal Valley. In 1890 it was again renamed, as Cannelton. It was incorporated on April 1, 1891, and the name Montgomery was settled upon; it was named for James C. Montgomery, one of the city's first settlers. The land was given to James Montgomery as a wedding present from his father-in-law, Levi Morris, who owned all the land.

The town's late-19th century growth was due to the construction of the Kanawha & Michigan Railroad across the river and the connection of the Virginian Railway at nearby Deepwater. In the early 1910s, Montgomery was the shipping center for 26 different coal operations and was the largest town in Fayette County at the time.

From 1895 until its 2017 move to Beckley, Montgomery was the home of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, popularly called WVU Tech. The city is currently home to BridgeValley Community and Technical College – Montgomery Campus.

Geography

Montgomery is located at 38°10′48″N 81°19′36″W / 38.18000°N 81.32667°W / 38.18000; -81.32667 (38.179918, -81.326722).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.59 square miles (4.12 km2), of which 1.57 square miles (4.07 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,594
1910 1,886 18.3%
1920 2,130 12.9%
1930 2,906 36.4%
1940 3,231 11.2%
1950 3,484 7.8%
1960 3,000 −13.9%
1970 2,525 −15.8%
1980 3,104 22.9%
1990 2,449 −21.1%
2000 1,942 −20.7%
2010 1,638 −15.7%
2019 (est.) 1,508 −7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,638 people, 645 households, and 302 families living in the city. The population density was 1,043.3 inhabitants per square mile (402.8/km2). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 533.8 per square mile (206.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.3% White, 17.4% African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 645 households, of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.0% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.2% were non-families. 43.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 30.1 years. 12.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 31.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.2% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.3% male and 46.7% female.

Rail transportation

See also: Montgomery (Amtrak station)

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway stopped in Montgomery until 1971. Amtrak, the national passenger rail service, provides service to Montgomery on the Cardinal route. CSX transportation's Kanawha Subdivision also services Montgomery.

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