Huntington–Ashland metropolitan area

The Huntington–Ashland metropolitan area is a metropolitan area in the Appalachian Plateau region of the United States. Referred to locally as the “Tri-State area”, the region spans seven counties in the three states of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. With a population of 361,580,[3] the Tri-State area is nestled along the banks of the Ohio River.

Tri-State Area
Huntington–Ashland, WV–KY–OH MSA
Coordinates: 38°25′09″N 82°26′43″W
CountryUnited States
State(s)West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio
Largest cityHuntington
Other cities - Ashland
 - Ironton
 - Teays Valley
 - Flatwoods
  Total2,159.9 sq mi (5,594 km2)
Highest elevation
Kelly Knob[1] 1,512 ft (461 m)
Lowest elevation
Ohio River[2] 485 ft (148 m)
 (2015 est.)
  Rank146th in the U.S.
  Density167.4/sq mi (64.6/km2)


County State Population (2011) Seat
Boyd Kentucky 49,466 Catlettsburg
Cabell West Virginia 96,653 Huntington
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


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

Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places

Townships (Lawrence County, Ohio)


As of 2018, there were 352,823 people and 136,769 households residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 93.9% White, 2.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $45,535. The per capita income for the MSA was $25,801. 18.2% of the population is beneath the poverty line, including 23% of children and 11% of seniors.

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.[9]

Major highways

Area codes

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

Higher education

See also


  1. "Kelly Knob". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved on 2010-08-19
  2. Groundwater Resources of Greenup County, Kentucky Retrieved on 2010-08-19
  3. "Population statistics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 19, 2013.
  4. "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  5. "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  6. "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in West Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  7. "Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  8. "2011Demographic Profile Data: Ashland, Kentucky". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  9., LAURA. "Huntington area labeled as nation's most unhealthy". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
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