Terra Alta

History of Terra Alta

Terra Alta community established recognition in 1853 and is known as the highest locale along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. With an elevation of 2,582 feet above sea level, the half-mile-city was known as “Cranberry” and “Cranberry Summit” for the cranberry glades located nearby.  

As one of the oldest towns listed on the B & O Railroad System, Terra Alta is historically known as “The Jewel of the Alleghenies.” 

Terra Alta Today: What Makes Us Unique

Terra Alta’s scenic beauty is a hidden treasure. The Community Park, filled with exceptional amenities, including a playground and picnic tables, welcomes families and residents. A beautiful, scenic walking trail from the TA/EP School grounds winds through the park. The spacious park is an ideal setting for group gatherings and celebrations.

Terra Alta/East Preston School

Terra Alta offers top-notch learning for students in Pre-K through Grade 8. The nurturing staff guides each student on an educational journey personalized to interests and needs. A wide variety of activities include music programs, sports, and science and social studies fairs. Terra Alta residents love supporting various youth sports on the weekends throughout the year.

alpine lakeAlpine Lake Resort

Serene Alpine Lake covers nearly 2,000 acres of wooded land and 35 miles of roads, giving easy access to 2,300 lots and amenities. Alpine Lake Resort, complete with 35 gorgeous rooms, lake access, private homes, dining and an 18-hole golf course, is special to those in Preston County. Optimal lake and pool activity, cabin rentals for lounging and multiple dining options mean you never really have to leave! 

libraryTerra Alta Public Library

The cherished library has moved multiple times, growing along the way. Not only meeting informational and educational needs, the public library offers technology resources and services to sustain lifelong learners and engage readers of all ages. 

senior centerTerra Alta Senior Center

As one of Preston County Senior Citizens, Inc., managed properties, Terra Alta Senior Center offers individuals 60+ years of age a resource for healthy activities, camaraderie and programming for health, medical and financial needs. 

ball auctionBall Auction

Terra Alta’s passion for auctions and special treasures is displayed through the many local auctions. Ball Auction holds auctions every Saturday throughout the year.

4th of july parkOld Fashion July 4th in the Park

Come together to celebrate the Fourth of July in style at Terra Alta Community Park! Local vendors, live music, food trucks, games and fireworks top off the night.

The Terra Alta Volunteer Fire Department hosts the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in West Virginia. They have a carnival as well as other events around the Fourth.

high ground brewingHigh Ground Brewing

The family-owned brewery opened in 2019 and offers a wide array of craft beers across West Virginia. The public taproom is open to all, including kids and dogs. Seasonal food trucks and events fill the calendar for year-round fun.

cranesville swampCranesville Swamp

The unique weather elements of West Virginia have created a breathtaking and rare landscape. The climactic elements have produced a natural occurrence, “frost pocket,” an area where the hills capture moisture and cold air, creating a landscape resembling the environment found further north in Canada. Cranesville Swamp is one of the coolest and soggiest spots in West Virginia. Beautiful nature, wildlife and access to trails offer the perfect learning experience, with stunning picture-perfect moments along the way.

 

 

Terra Alta

Population

Total Population

1,561

Population
Growth Rate

0.49%

Median Age

44

Diversity Index

7.200

Housing & Income

Households

652

Total Housing Units

760


Owner Occupied

491

Renter Occupied

161

Vacant

108

Median Home Value

$85,811


Average Home Value

$125,051

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.59%


Per Capita Income

2.33%

Income Projection

Median Household

$38,721 $43,574


Average Household

$50,857 $57,031


Per Capita

$20,298 $22,771

Workforce

Total Businesses

51

Total Employed

312

Workers 16+

661

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

108

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

10

Employed

52

2021 Food & Beverage Stores

N

Businesses

3

Employed

34

2021 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

25

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

25

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

21

Some
High School

115

Graduated
High School

504

Associates
Degree

55

Bachelor's
Degree

89

Graduate
Degree

55

Average Commute Time

31 min.



Resident Commuters

310

Non-Resident Commuters

90

Drive Alone

506

Carpooled

125

Public

0

Work At Home

26


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