Dunbar, West Virginia

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Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,694 at the 2007 census estimate. Dunbar was incorporated on April 19, 1921, by an Act of the West Virginia Legislature, and named for Dunbar Baines, a prominent area banker.[3]



Dunbar is located at 38°21′52″N 81°44′22″W / 38.36444°N 81.73944°W / 38.36444; -81.73944 (38.364319, -81.739539)[4].Dunbar is served by Interstate 64 and WV 25.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land.

Notable businesses

In the past, Dunbar was home to a glass industry, through the Dunbar Glass and Kanawha Glass companies.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,154 people, 3,744 households, and 2,167 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,874.5 people per square mile (1,108.5/km²). There were 4,128 housing units at an average density of 1,455.2/sq mi (561.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.65% White, 10.72% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

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