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St. Albans, West Virginia
—  City  —
Location of St. Albans, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°22′49″N 81°49′11″W / 38.38028°N 81.81972°W / 38.38028; -81.81972
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
 - Total 4.0 sq mi (9.6 km2)
 - Land 3.9 sq mi (9.4 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 610 ft (186 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,567
 - Density 3,196.0/sq mi (1,233.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-71212[1]
GNIS feature ID 1555553[2]
The Kanawha River in St. Albans as seen from Roadside Park on U.S. Route 60

St. Albans is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, at the confluence of the Kanawha and Coal Rivers. The population was 11,567 at the 2000 census; according to Census Bureau estimates, it had fallen to 11,028 by 2006.[3]

St. Albans was laid out in 1816. Originally, it was known as Philippi, after Philip Thompson, an early settler, the name afterwards being changed to Coalsmouth due to its location at the mouth of the Coal River. The city was then incorporated as Kanawha City in 1868. The town was renamed 1872 by H.C. Parsons of the C & O Railroad in honor of his birthplace in St. Albans, Vermont.[4] St. Alban is believed to have been the first British Christian martyr.

It is the former location of the headquarters of the 111th Engineer Brigade.



St. Albans is located at 38°22′49″N 81°49′11″W / 38.38028°N 81.81972°W / 38.38028; -81.81972 (38.380365, -81.819712)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.16%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,567 people, 5,185 households, and 3,390 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,196.0 people per square mile (1,233.7/km²). There were 5,467 housing units at an average density of 1,510.5/sq mi (583.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.37% White, 2.84% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 5,185 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,130, and the median income for a family was $47,913. Males had a median income of $35,978 versus $25,030 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,806. About 4.9% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives


  • St. Albans High School (9-12)
  • Hayes Middle School (6-8)
  • McKinley Middle School (6-8)
  • Alban Elementary (K-5)
  • Central Elementary (K-5)
  • Anne Bailey Elementary (K-5)
  • George C. Weimer Elementary (K-5)
  • Lakewood Elementary (K-5)




The Kanawha Valley is served by Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority (KRT).


Yeager Airport is Charleston's commercial airport.


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