Shady Spring, West Virginia

Shady Spring, West Virginia

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Shady Spring, West Virginia
settlement_type = CDP
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map_caption = Location of Shady Spring, West Virginia

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = West Virginia
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Raleigh

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area_total_km2 = 16.5
area_land_km2 = 16.4
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area_total_sq_mi = 6.4
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 2078
population_density_km2 = 126.5
population_density_sq_mi = 327.6

timezone = Eastern (EST)
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elevation_m = 822
elevation_ft = 2697
latd = 37 |latm = 42 |lats = 13 |latNS = N
longd = 81 |longm = 5 |longs = 27 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 25918
area_code = 304
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Shady Spring is a census-designated place (CDP) in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,078 at the 2000 census. It is a family oriented community, with a very low crime rate.

Shady Spring is an area of development for new housing communities. It is close to Glade Springs Resort, Flat Top Lake, Winterplace Ski Resort, and the city of Beckley.

Due to its growing size, the county school board upgraded its middle and high schools to deal with the increased student volume.


Shady Spring is located at coor dms|37|42|13|N|81|5|27|W|city (37.703737, -81.090907)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²), of which, 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²) of it is land and 0.16% is water.

Origin of the name

The community takes its name from a spring. “The ‘Shady Spring’ was an enduring landmark, never known to ‘run dry’ and served as a focal point for the community, especially for the women, many of whom would come bearing washtubs…,” according to “A History of Shady Spring District." The first business in Shady was the Pioneer Inn and Tavern, established in 1832 by Henry Hull and his brothers. The first official post office was established on Aug. 25, 1925, and the first postmistress was Mrs. Sarah Willis. [ "A History of Shady Spring District, Compiled and Published by the Shady Spring District Woman’s Club" (1979). Central Printing Co., Beckley, W.Va. 343-347.]

Gen. Rutherford B. Hayes, future president of the United States, was in the area during the Civil War. He “described the spring in 1862: ‘A large spring gives the name to this place. The water gushes out copiously, runs on the surface a few rods and runs again into the earth,” according to “Raleigh County: West Virginia” by Jim Wood. [ Wood, Jim (1994). Raleigh County: West Virginia. BJW Printing & Office Supplies, Beckley, W. Va. 643.]


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,078 people, 869 households, and 636 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 327.6 people per square mile (126.5/km²). There were 942 housing units at an average density of 148.5/sq mi (57.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.52% White, 0.05% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 869 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $90,464, and the median income for a family was $136,810. Males had a median income of $93,821 versus $88,363 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $80,872. About 1.4% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.


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