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Cross Lanes, West Virginia Education and City Information

Cross Lanes is located just west of West Virginia's capital city of Charleston. While Cross Lanes doesn't have any nonprofit postsecondary schools, West Virginia State University, the University of Charleston and several other colleges are located within a 25-mile radius.

Information About Cross Lanes, West Virginia

Cross Lanes, West Virginia, is in Kanawha County, about 11 miles west of Charleston. This small community is a census designated place, or CDP, meaning it isn't incorporated and lacks its own government, but that the U.S. Census Bureau still gathers data on it for statistical purposes. At the time of the 2010 census, the population of Cross Lanes was 9,995, with nearly 92% of residents identifying as white. Residents' average per capita income for the years 2010-2014 was $28,636, which was higher than both the state average of $23,237 and the national average of $28,555.

West Virginia as a whole is known for its rugged yet beautiful mountains. Whitewater rafting, canoeing, camping and hunting are popular activities in the state. Near Cross Lanes, Charleston hosts several annual events, including the West Virginia Dance Festival, Symphony Sunday, and the West Virginia International Film Festival. Sports fans also might trek to Charleston to watch minor league baseball's West Virginia Power, or the D-league soccer team the West Virginia Chaos.

Education Near Cross Lanes

A small, private institution, the University of Charleston was ranked 24th among regional colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. It also was rated the region's 17th best college for veterans. Additionally, Charleston is home to Carver Career Center, which awards certificates and associate's degrees, and Garnet Career Center, which confers less-than-2-year certificates.

Even closer to Cross Lanes in Institute, W.Va., is West Virginia State University, a 4-year public school that offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, along with postbaccalaureate certificates. This school enrolled around 2,900 students in Fall 2014, less than 100 of whom were graduate students.


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