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Switzer, West Virginia
Location of Switzer, West Virginia
Location of Switzer, West Virginia
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Logan
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
745 ft (227 m)
 • Total 595
 • Density 248/sq mi (97.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-78796
GNIS feature ID 1555771

Switzer is a census-designated place (CDP) in Logan County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 595 at the 2010 census.

The community most likely was named after the local Switzer family.


Switzer is located at 37°47′37″N 81°59′15″W / 37.79361°N 81.9875°W / 37.79361; -81.9875 (37.793612, -81.987386), along Island Creek and West Virginia Route 44.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²); 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²) of this is land, and 0.02 square miles (0.06 km²) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,138 people, 466 households, and 322 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 118.3 people per square mile (45.7/km²). There were 537 housing units at an average density of 55.8/sq mi (21.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.78% White, 3.08% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 466 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 82.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $21,806, and the median income for a family was $30,341. Males had a median income of $33,125 versus $22,054 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,410. About 17.4% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.

Route 44 in Switzer
Route 44 in Switzer
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