Wood County is a county in the U.S. State of West Virginia, located in the northern part of the state along the Ohio River. Extending from the banks of the Ohio River down the Interstate 77 mountainside corridor, Wood County is a blend of rugged country beauty and metropolitan activities.

The county population is approximately 84,203 (2018) making it the fifth most populous county. The county is located in the Mid-Ohio Valley which has an approximate population of 199,451 (2013) and includes 8 counties. The area offers a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities including boating & hunting and fishing, softball and baseball leagues, museums, vaudeville theater, a ballet company and the satellite home for the West Virginia Symphony.

Shoppers will enjoy Grand Central Avenue, anchored by the Grand Central Mall. The mall features more than 100 stores and neighbors a variety of local and chain restaurants.

The county seat of Parkersburg, WV (the fourth largest city in West Virginia ranks closely with third place Morgantown, WV) has a population of approximately 29,675 (2018) and is approximately 85 miles norther of the West Virginia State capital of Charleston. Parkersburg’s downtown district includes a variety of family owned restaurants ranging from casual to gourmet. Downtown Parkersburg is also the home of several great events including Taste of Parkersburg, Downtown Throwdown, Point Park Concerts on the River and much more!

To learn more about Wood County demographics, recreation, education and more check out our Wood County Welcome Packet!

Administrator’s Office
(304) 424-1984

Parkersburg is a thriving and growing river town steeped in history and poised for tremendous growth. We are excited about our city’s future as we continue to strive to make Parkersburg the region’s premier choice for business, industry and community spirit. There are so many great things about visiting, living and doing business in Parkersburg, we hope you take the time to discover them!

Home to almost 30,000 residents, Parkersburg is the third largest city in the State of West Virginia. Our community has a rich history, wonderful neighborhoods and excellent institutions for primary and secondary education. But, for all of our natural beauty and historical significance, it is our citizens that make Parkersburg a fantastic place to live, work, play and do business.

Parkersburg is committed to providing residents and businesses with the best quality of life. This includes giving people readily accessible information on city services, operations, events and points of interests. Please take a few minutes to explore our website to learn more about our community and all it has to offer.

Mayor Tom Joyce
City of Parkersburg
1 Government Square
Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 424-8400

Vienna is a city in Wood County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River next to Parkersburg. With a population of about 10,000, it is the third largest city by population in the Parkersburg–Vienna–Marietta OH metropolitan area. Vienna is an important hub of commerce in the Mid-Ohio Valley — home to retail stores, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, manufacturing facilities and much more.

Mayor Randall C. Rapp
(304) 295-4541

Williamstown is a city in Wood County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Parkersburg–Marietta–Vienna, WV–OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,996 at the 2000 census.

Mayor Jean Ford
(304) 375-7761
100 West Fifth St
Williamstown, WV 26187

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