Bluefield, Virginia Education and City Information

Dubbed Virginia's tallest town, Bluefield, Virginia, is a small town in the Appalachian mountains. It's home to Bluefield College, and a handful of other nonprofit colleges and universities are located with a 25-mile radius.

Information About Bluefield, Virginia

Bluefield, Virginia, is in the Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia. In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Bluefield as 5,302. The racial composition of the town was nearly 90 percent white, more than six percent black or African American and almost two percent Asian, with just over one percent of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino. Nearly 84 percent of residents have a high school education, and just over 20 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Bluefield has pristine mountain views, fresh air and a slower pace of life. Outdoor recreation is plentiful. Bluefield has seven state parks, campgrounds for RVs and some of the best trails for hiking. Fishing and hunting are major attractions. The Historic Crab Orchard Museum is close by in Tazewell, Virginia. The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is in nearby Bristol, Virginia. Average temperatures are 31 to 44 F in winter and 60 to 70 F in the summer. Bluefield offers visitors soaring mountain peaks and cool comfortable valleys.

Education In and Around Bluefield

Bluefield College is a private school that had an enrollment of just 944 students as of Fall 2014. Ranked the 49th best regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, Bluefield College awards associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.

The nearest school to Bluefield in Virginia is Wytheville Community College, almost 25 miles away. There are several closer schools in West Virginia, including public 4-year schools Bluefield State College and Concord University, as well as the Mercer County Technical Education Center. Concord also earned a regional ranking from U.S. News as the 47th best college in the South in 2016.

Bluefield Economy and Major Employers

Industries that provide employment in Bluefield include educational, health and social services and retail trade. Among the largest employers in the Bluefield WV-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2014 were Wal-Mart, Tazewell County School Board, Clinch Valley Community Hospital, Cumberland Mountain Community Services, Southwest Virginia Community College, Pocahontas State Correctional, Tazewell County Virginia, Lowe's Home Center and McDonald's.

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