Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA
Map of Greater Huntington

Common name: Greater Huntington
Largest city Huntington
Other cities  - Ashland
 - Ironton
 - Teays Valley
 - Flatwoods
Population  Ranked 146th in the U.S.
 - Total 361,580
 - Density 167.4/sq. mi. 
Area 2159.9 sq. mi.
5594.1 km²
State(s)  West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio
 - Highest point Kelly Knob[1] 1,512 feet (461 m)
 - Lowest point Ohio River[2] 485 feet (148 m)

The Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area is the largest metropolitan statistical area in West Virginia and includes seven counties across three states: West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 361,580.[3] 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 by the acronym KYOVA (KentuckY, Ohio, West VirginiA). In addition, the three largest cities (Huntington, West Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky; and Ironton, Ohio) are referred to locally as the River Cities.


County State Population (2011) Seat
Boyd Kentucky 49,466 Catlettsburg
Cabell West Virginia 96,653 Huntington
Carter Kentucky 27,586 Grayson
Greenup Kentucky 36,865 Greenup
Lawrence Ohio 62,489 Ironton
Lincoln West Virginia 22,147 Hamlin
Putnam West Virginia 55,673 Winfield
Wayne West Virginia 42,126 Wayne


Huntington, West Virginia

File:Downtown Ashland.jpg

Ashland, Kentucky

Ironton, Ohio

The confluence of the Big Sandy (left) and Ohio (right) Rivers, as well as shores in the states of Kentucky (back left) and Ohio (back right), at Virginia Point Park in Kenova, West Virginia

Largest cities (more than 5,000 inhabitants)[]

City Population
(2011 est.)
Huntington, West Virginia 49,253 Principal city of the MSA[7]
Ashland, Kentucky 21,652
Principal city of the MSA[7]
Teays Valley, West Virginia 13,175 Census-designated place
(population as of 2010 census)
Ironton, Ohio 11,135 Incorporated city
Flatwoods, Kentucky 7,412 Incorporated city
Nitro, West Virginia (partial) 7,178 Incorporated city
Pea Ridge, West Virginia 6,650 Census-designated place
(population as of 2010 census)
Hurricane, West Virginia 6,284 Incorporated city

Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants[]

  • Barboursville, West Virginia
  • Buffalo, West Virginia
  • Burlington, Ohio
  • Catlettsburg, Kentucky
  • Ceredo, West Virginia
  • Coal Grove, Ohio
  • Culloden, West Virginia (census-designated place)
  • Eleanor, West Virginia
  • Grayson, Kentucky
  • Greenup, Kentucky
  • Hamlin, West Virginia
  • Kenova, West Virginia
  • Lesage, West Virginia (census-designated place)
  • Louisa, Kentucky
  • Milton, West Virginia
  • Olive Hill, Kentucky
  • Raceland, Kentucky
  • Rush, Kentucky (census-designated place)
  • Russell, Kentucky
  • South Point, Ohio
  • South Shore, Kentucky
  • Wayne, West Virginia
  • Westwood, Kentucky (census-designated place)
  • Worthington, Kentucky
  • Wurtland, Kentucky
  • Winfield, West Virginia

Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants[]

  • Athalia, Ohio
  • Bancroft, West Virginia
  • Bellefonte, Kentucky
  • Chesapeake, Ohio
  • Fort Gay, West Virginia
  • Hanging Rock, Ohio
  • Lavalette, West Virginia (census-designated place)
  • Poca, West Virginia
  • Proctorville, Ohio
  • West Hamlin, West Virginia

Unincorporated places[]

  • Alkol, West Virginia
  • Armilda, West Virginia
  • Atenville, West Virginia
  • Brabant, West Virginia
  • Branchland, West Virginia
  • Cannonsburg, Kentucky
  • Coalton, Kentucky
  • Confidence, West Virginia
  • Crum, West Virginia
  • Culloden, West Virginia
  • Dollie, West Virginia
  • Dunlow, West Virginia
  • East Lynn, West Virginia
  • Eden Park, West Virginia
  • Etna, Ohio
  • Ferrellsburg, West Virginia
  • Fourteen, West Virginia
  • Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia
  • Fry, West Virginia
  • Genoa, West Virginia
  • Gill, West Virginia
  • Green Shoal, West Virginia
  • Griffithsville, West Virginia
  • Hometown, West Virginia
  • Ironville, Kentucky
  • Kitts Hill, Ohio
  • Lanham, West Virginia
  • Leet, West Virginia
  • Liberty, West Virginia
  • Meads, Kentucky
  • Midway, West Virginia
  • Midkiff, West Virginia
  • Ona, West Virginia
  • Pedro, Ohio
  • Pleasant View, West Virginia
  • Pliny, West Virginia
  • Princess, Kentucky
  • Ranger, West Virginia
  • Rector, West Virginia
  • Raymond City, West Virginia
  • Red House, West Virginia
  • Rock Camp, Ohio
  • Rockdale, Kentucky
  • Salt Rock, West Virginia
  • Sod, West Virginia
  • Scott Depot, West Virginia
  • Scottown, Ohio
  • Spurlockville, West Virginia
  • Sumerco, West Virginia
  • Summit, Kentucky
  • Sweetland, West Virginia
  • Teays, West Virginia
  • Warren, West Virginia
  • Waterloo, Ohio
  • Wewanta, West Virginia
  • Willow Wood, Ohio
  • Wilsondale, West Virginia
  • Yawkey, West Virginia

Townships (Lawrence County, Ohio)[]

  • Aid
  • Decatur
  • Elizabeth
  • Fayette
  • Hamilton
  • Lawrence
  • Mason
  • Perry
  • Rome
  • Symmes
  • Union
  • Upper
  • Washington
  • Windsor


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 288,649 people, 117,697 households, and 81,089 families residing within the MSA (New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000).[3] 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.[10]

Major highways[]

  • I-64.svg Interstate 64
  • US 60.svg U.S. Route 60
  • US 23.svg U.S. Route 23
  • US 52.svg U.S. Route 52
  • WV-2.svg West Virginia Route 2
  • WV-10.svg West Virginia Route 10
  • WV-152.svg West Virginia Route 152
  • WV-527.svg West Virginia Route 527
  • Elongated circle 3.svg Kentucky Route 3
  • Elongated circle 10.svg John Y. Brown Jr. AA Highway (KY 10)
  • Elongated circle 67.svg Industrial Parkway (KY 67)
  • Elongated circle 180.svg Kentucky Route 180
  • OH-7.svg Ohio State Route 7
  • OH-93.svg Ohio State Route 93
  • OH-527.svg Ohio Route 527

Area codes[]

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

Higher education[]

See also[]

  • Kentucky census statistical areas
  • Ohio census statistical areas
  • West Virginia census statistical areas


  1. ^ "Kelly Knob". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.  Retrieved on 2010-08-19
  2. ^ Groundwater Resources of Greenup County, Kentucky Retrieved on 2010-08-19
  3. ^ a b "Population statistics". Archived from the original on March 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in West Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  7. ^ a b "Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  8. ^ "2011Demographic Profile Data: Ashland, Kentucky". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^

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