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Virginia Point Park in Kenova, West Virginia. Two rivers, the Big Sandy (left) and Ohio (right) Rivers, as well as shores in the states of Kentucky (back left) and Ohio (back right) can be seen.
The Huntington-Ashland MSA
The Huntington-Ashland MSA from a state-level zoom

The Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area is a United States metropolitan area that includes five counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649. A July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 284,026.[1] The MSA is nestled along the banks of the Ohio River within the Appalachian Plateau region. The area is most often referred to locally as the Tri-State region. Sometimes it is also referred to as the KYOVA area, an acronym that refers to the three states that make up the region. In addition, the three largest cities (Huntington, West Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky and Ironton, Ohio) are referred to locally as the River Cities.



In alphabetical order:

County State Population Seat
Boyd Kentucky 49,752 Catlettsburg
Cabell West Virginia 96,784 Huntington
Greenup Kentucky 36,891 Greenup
Lawrence Ohio 62,319 Ironton
Wayne West Virginia 42,903 Wayne



Largest Cities (More than 5,000 inhabitants)

City Population
(2007 est.)
Huntington, West Virginia 48,982 Principal City of the MSA[5]
Ashland, Kentucky 21,352 Principal City of the MSA[5]
Ironton, Ohio 11,320 Principal City of the MSA[5]
Flatwoods, Kentucky 7,617
Pea Ridge, West Virginia 6,363 Census-designated place
(population as of 2000 census)

Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants

Places with less than 1,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places

Townships (Lawrence County, Ohio)


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 288,649 people, 117,697 households, and 81,089 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 95.91% White, 2.42% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $29,970, and the median income for a family was $37,102. Males had a median income of $33,032 versus $21,543 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,514.

In 2008, an Associated Press article designated the Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area as the unhealthiest in America, based on its analysis of data collected in 2006 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half the adults in this metropolitan area were obese.[1]

Major Highways

Area codes

The following prefixes are used for long-distance phone service dialing to the region within the MSA.

Universities, colleges, and technical schools

See also



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