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Summersville, West Virginia
Summersville, West Virginia
Main Street (West Virginia Route 41) in downtown Summersville in 2007
Main Street (West Virginia Route 41) in downtown Summersville in 2007
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Location of Summersville in Nicholas County, West Virginia.
Location of Summersville in Nicholas County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°17?0?N 80°50?39?W / 38.28333°N 80.84417°W / 38.28333; -80.84417Coordinates: 38°17?0?N 80°50?39?W / 38.28333°N 80.84417°W / 38.28333; -80.84417
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
 o MayorRobert Shaffer[1]
 o Total4.53 sq mi (11.73 km2)
 o Land4.49 sq mi (11.62 km2)
 o Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
1,880 ft (573 m)
 o Total3,572
 o Estimate 
 o Density729.66/sq mi (281.75/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 o Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)304, 681
FIPS code54-77980[5]
GNIS feature ID1547739[6]
WebsiteOfficial website

Summersville is a city in Nicholas County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 3,572 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Nicholas County.[7]


Summersville was laid out in 1824.[8] The city was named for Lewis Summers, a local judge who had introduced the bill to create Nicholas County.[9]

Summersville was home to both Union and Confederate encampments during the Civil War. The town was mostly burned down by the Confederate spy, Nancy Hart Douglas, during the war. The town was rebuilt by 1884.[10]

In 1914, Nicholas County High School was established, then located downtown in the "Old Main". More buildings were built on the campus to house the growing student body until a new building north of town was finished in 1978.

Construction on Summersville Dam began in 1960 and was finished and dedicated by President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1966.[11]

Since the upgrade of U.S. Route 19 through Summersville from a two lane highway to a four lane highway, the city has become the economic center of Nicholas County. The road is commonly used by northern travelers as a shortcut to the south.

Summersville is home to the annual Potato Festival.

On June 23, 2016 flooding impacted Summersville. This resulted in Summersville Middle School being demolished and relocated to a modular setting after flood waters damaged the school. Ground was broken on a new campus for Summersville Middle School, Nicholas County High School, and the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center on June 2, 2020.[12]


Summersville is located at 38°17?0?N 80°50?39?W / 38.28333°N 80.84417°W / 38.28333; -80.84417 (38.283342, -80.844207).[13] It is located just north of the Gauley River which is famous for its challenging whitewater. The river is impounded by a large dam which creates Summersville Lake, creating flatwater recreation as well.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.26 square miles (11.03 km2), of which, 4.22 square miles (10.93 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[14]


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Summersville has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[15]


Nicholas County Courthouse in 2007

The median income for a household in the town was $29,783, and the median income for a family was $43,314. Males had a median income of $33,633 versus $22,348 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,217. About 6.9% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2018 Summersville has been home to a major economical increase due to a 303 mi 42in. natural gas pipeline running through eastern Nicholas county, bringing in close to 1,000 more people to the county generating more revenue for businesses, Lodging and much more.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 3,572 people, 1,640 households, and 974 families living in the town. The population density was 846.4 inhabitants per square mile (326.8/km2). There were 1,761 housing units at an average density of 417.3 per square mile (161.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 1,640 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.6% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the town was 43 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 30.4% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.


Summersville is served by the Nicholas County Board of Education, which operates three schools, Summersville Elementary School, Summersville Middle School (Summersville Junior High School until 2006), and Nicholas County High School, in Summersville.

Summersville is also home to New Life Christian Academy, a private school.

New River Community and Technical College maintains a campus in Summersville.

In Media

Summersville and surrounding locations are featured in the 2018 video game Fallout 76.

See also


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  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 612.
  9. ^ Capace, Nancy (1999). Encyclopedia of West Virginia. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-403-09843-9.
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  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Climate Summary for Summersville, West Virginia
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved 2015.

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