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Smithers, West Virginia
Michigan Avenue in Smithers
Michigan Avenue in Smithers
Location of Smithers in Fayette County, West Virginia.
Location of Smithers in Fayette County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Fayette, Kanawha
 • Total 1.65 sq mi (4.26 km2)
 • Land 1.45 sq mi (3.75 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.51 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • Total 813
 • Estimate 
 • Density 506.91/sq mi (195.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-74740
GNIS feature ID 1547007

Smithers is a city in Fayette and Kanawha counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located along the Kanawha River, it lies almost entirely in Fayette County. The population was 813 at the 2010 census. The city most likely takes its name from Smithers Creek. The small river city is noted for having a rich cultural history related to both its coal mining and Italian-American heritages.


Smithers is located at 38°10′39″N 81°18′23″W / 38.17750°N 81.30639°W / 38.17750; -81.30639 (38.177389, -81.306269), along the Kanawha River at the mouth of Smithers Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.29 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 2,232
1950 2,208 −1.1%
1960 1,696 −23.2%
1970 2,020 19.1%
1980 1,482 −26.6%
1990 1,162 −21.6%
2000 904 −22.2%
2010 813 −10.1%
2019 (est.) 734 −9.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 813 people, 405 households, and 216 families living in the city. The population density was 1,626.0 inhabitants per square mile (627.8/km2). There were 473 housing units at an average density of 946.0 per square mile (365.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.8% White, 8.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 405 households, of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.7% were non-families. 41.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.67.

The median age in the city was 49.8 years. 17.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 25.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.


Smithers had a combined middle school and high school, Valley High School, serving grades 6-12. The school closed at the end of the 2018–19 school year. The campus is now used as Valley PK-8.

Notable people

  • Bertis Downs IV, legal and managerial representative of the musical group R.E.M.
  • Gino Marchetti, inductee in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
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