Bluefield is a city in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States.
The population was 10,447 at the 2010 census. It is the core city of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area, which has a population of 107,342.
Bluefield is located at 37°15′44″N 81°13′7″W (37.262219, -81.218674) in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia across the state border from Bluefield, Virginia.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.86 square miles (22.95 km2), all land.
The last passenger train was the Catlettsburg, Kentucky to Washington and Boston Hilltopper train of Amtrak, which was terminated in sweeping cuts in 1979.
Until 1977 Amtrak's Mountaineer operated from Chicago and Cincinnatil, through Bluefield, and then through lower Virginia to Norfolk, Virginia. Into the 1960s the Norfolk and Western Railroad operated trains from the Mid-West to the metropolitan Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia area, and Bluefield City was a stop.
U.S. Route 19, U.S. Route 460, U.S. Route 21 and U.S. Route 52 run through the city. Interstate 77 is a short distance to the east. Proposed and under construction are interstates Interstate 73 and Interstate 74 labeled as King Coal Highway.
General Aviation service is provided at Mercer County Airport, located off State Highway 123 between Bluefield and Princeton. The last commercial service ended in 2007.
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How did West Virginia earn the grade of C+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. West Virginia has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that West Virginia does have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. West Virginia has an effective property tax rate of 0.59%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how West Virginia earned its state tax grade of C+.
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