Handley, West Virginia

According to biotionary, Handley, West Virginia is a small town located in the eastern panhandle of the state. It is situated in Berkeley County, just a few miles from the Maryland border. With a population of just over 500 people, Handley has remained small and rural for most of its history.

The town was established in 1848 and named after Thomas Handley, an early settler who owned land in the area. The early settlers were mostly farmers who grew corn and wheat on their land. As the years went on, more people moved to Handley and it became a thriving community with several stores, churches, and businesses.

The town has always been proud of its agricultural heritage and many residents still work in the farming industry today. In addition to farming, some residents work in nearby towns such as Martinsburg or Charles Town.

According to bittranslators, Handley is home to several historic buildings including two churches that were built before 1900: The Reformed Church of Handley (1890) and The Methodist Episcopal Church (1893). There is also an old schoolhouse that was built around 1890 which now serves as a museum for local history.

The town also has several small parks where families can picnic or go for walks on nice days. Nearby attractions include Harpers Ferry National Historical Park which is about 30 minutes away and Skyline Drive which is about 45 minutes away.

Overall, Handley is a quiet little community with strong ties to its agricultural roots. The people are friendly and welcoming to visitors who come to explore this small slice of West Virginia life. Visitors can experience a slower pace of life while enjoying scenic views of rolling farmland surrounded by mountains.

Handley, West Virginia

Population: 362. Estimated population in July 2020: 344 (-5.0% change)
Males: 178 (49.2%), Females: 184 (50.8%)

Kanawha County

Zip code: 25102

Median resident age: 43.0 years
Median household income: $21,429
Median house value: $42,100

Races in Handley:

  • White Non-Hispanic (89.8%)
  • Black (8.6%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)

Ancestries: United States (21.0%), German (7.7%), Irish (6.9%), Dutch (5.8%), English (2.8%), Hungarian (1.9%).

Elevation: 650 feet

Land area: 1.0 square miles


For population 25 years and over in Handley

  • High school or higher: 62.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 6.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.8%
  • Unemployed: 13.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 32.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Handley town

  • Never married: 27.4%
  • Now married: 47.9%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 14.6%

0.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +42 (+13.1%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Handley:

  • HIGHLAND HOSP (about 18 miles; CHARLESTON, WV)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Handley:

  • YEAGER (about 20 miles; CHARLESTON, WV; Abbreviation: CRW)
  • RALEIGH COUNTY MEMORIAL (about 33 miles; BECKLEY, WV; Abbreviation: BKW)
  • GREENBRIER VALLEY (about 72 miles; LEWISBURG, WV; Abbreviation: LWB)

Other public-use airports nearest to Handley:

  • SUMMERSVILLE (about 35 miles; SUMMERSVILLE, WV; Abbreviation: SXL)
  • KEE FIELD (about 43 miles; PINEVILLE, WV; Abbreviation: I16)
  • BOGGS FIELD (about 44 miles; SPENCER, WV; Abbreviation: 14P)

Amtrak station near Handley:

  • 3 miles: MONTGOMERY (WASHINGTON ST. & 3RD AVE.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Handley:

  • WEST VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE (about 16 miles; INSTITUTE, WV; Full-time enrollment: 3,688)
  • CONCORD COLLEGE (about 57 miles; ATHENS, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,723)
  • BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE (about 64 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,096)
  • WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AT PARKERSBURG (about 76 miles; PARKERSBURG, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,306)
  • MARSHALL UNIVERSITY (about 76 miles; HUNTINGTON, WV; Full-time enrollment: 12,361)
  • SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 81 miles; RICHLANDS, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,412)
  • NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 89 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,262)