Moving to Bluefield

Everything you need to know

Bluefield's namesake: The Chicory Flower

Consider a Place...

Where natural beauty is abundant while having access to 21st-century infrastructure and workforce. A place with move-in-ready space and available land for new construction to serve your needs. A place where you are located in close proximity to Interstates I-77, I-64, and I-81 and rail owned and operated by Norfolk Southern Railway. A place centrally located within 50 miles of thirteen higher education institutions and over 500,000 people. A place where the community and its leaders embrace and support business development. A place where you have direct access to your local, state, and federal leaders. A place where military pensions are not taxed by the state. A place to be part of a community with vision, hope, pride, and success. 

Facts to Consider

An important factor to consider when relocating to Bluefield is the cost of living in West Virginia. If you live in a major urban area of the country, a high population density increases the costs of homes, rent, and insurance. Factors such as state taxes, location, and climate also determine the cost of living. 

BLUEFIELD'S CLIMATE

Bluefield is known as “Nature’s
Air-Conditioned City”
where summers are normally very pleasant; seasonal temperatures and low humidity. 

The rugged terrain offers spectacular changes of season with vibrant spring colors and warm magnificent fall foliage. Temperatures on average range from 52 degrees with a January average of 30.9 degrees as the low. July average is 70.2 degrees as the high with rainfall on average 38.5 inches and snowfall averaging 34.6 inches.

COST OF LIVING

An important factor to consider when relocating to Bluefield is the cost of living in West Virginia. If you live in a major urban area of the country, a high population density increases the costs of homes, rent, and insurance. 

Factors such as state taxes, location, and climate also determine the cost of living. The cost of living in Bluefield, West Virginia is 8.5% lower than the average cost of living in the state of West Virginia and lower than the U.S. average. 

BLUEFIELD HOUSING & RELOCATION

From secluded mountain hideaways to stately city residences, unique historic homes, townhouses, condominiums, apartments or mobile-home dwellings, Bluefield has just what you are looking for. There are a variety of residential types and price ranges to choose from.

Relocating to Bluefield?
Visit the
Mercer County Board of Realtors

THINGS TO DO 

The City of Bluefield is alive with beautiful scenery, city parks, the Ridge Runner train, history, arts and culture, and hiking and biking trails. The Appalachian League Blue Jays call Bowen Field in Bluefield home.

Mercer County is unique in that it houses two minor league baseball teams in one county (Bluefield Blue Jays and Princeton Rays) a feat not many counties in West Virginia can claim.

FITNESS & RECREATION

The Bluefield Fitness and Recreation Center is a full-service, family-focused fitness center. The FitRec has become a cornerstone in Bluefield that promotes strong community partnerships and empowers individuals to achieve their fullest potential. 

Our staff is dedicated to helping everyone who has a fitness need. The City of Bluefield Parks & Recreation Department’s mission is to provide quality recreational programs and outdoor activities for all ages during the entire year. For a detailed list of our programs please visit the Tourism and Recreation section on the www.cityofbluefield.com web page.

EDUCATION

Bluefield recognizes education is needed in order to grow and prosper as a community.  The area offers a multitude of traditional and special education programs, preschool and after school programs, K-12 and up through higher education, which incorporates technology into traditional classrooms with many having video classrooms for distance learning, which provides links to local colleges and various area secondary schools.

HIGHWAYS & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The City of Bluefield is located along with a number of major highway intersections, which provides easy access to all of the eastern United States. The city is adjacent to Interstate 77 and is approximately 42 miles from I-81 north and south. It is also approximately 45 miles from I-64 running east and west. US Route 460 is a major corridor linking Bluefield to the interstate system. 

The City of Bluefield is situated within a one-day drive from over half of the country’s population. The Bluefield Area Transit (BAT), is a division of the City of Bluefield and services Mercer and McDowell counties with routes into Bluefield, Princeton, Athens, Welch, Pipestem State Park, and local colleges. Whether you are going shopping or to visit friends or family, the Bluefield Area Transit provides a convenient, easy way to get to your destination.

HEALTHCARE

Starting on August 1, 2020, Princeton Community Hospital will be offering full-service emergency services at 500 Cherry Street in Bluefield, West Virginia. The PCH Bluefield Emergency Department will be open 24/7 and staffed by experienced and highly qualified emergency physicians and nurses ready to provide care to you and your family. The PCH Bluefield Emergency Department offers easy-to-access, quality care when an emergency occurs – no matter how big or small. PCH Bluefield Emergency Department is a part of Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton, West Virginia and will strive to serve the emergency needs of the Bluefield, West Virginia community with the permanent closure of Bluefield Regional Medical Center. The PCH Bluefield Emergency Department will administer treatment to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Behavioral Health Pavilion of the Virginias is an affiliate of Princeton Community Hospital. We offer a variety of services provided in our state-of-the-art facility that is designed to assure dignity and respect for our patients.

The City of Bluefield has numerous doctors in various health care professions to serve you. To see a comprehensive list please see our Business Directory and click on the Healthcare Tab.

Local + Regional Amenities

Bluefield offers various recreational, entertainment, and tourism activities that the whole family can enjoy. Click on the map below to explore what we have to offer.

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