Life in Huntington

The Heart of Huntington

“In the middle of Huntington, West Virginia, there's a river. Next to this river there is a steel mill. And next to the steel mill there is a school.” – We are Marshall, 2006

Marshall University Fountain

Marshall University's main and health sciences campuses are located in Huntington, West Virginia. Established in 1837, Marshall University is situated in the tri-state region bordering Kentucky and Ohio, with a population of 365,000 in the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area. This area was ranked among the “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report. ​

We invite you to explore the rich offerings of Huntington as well as the extraordinary opportunities for growth and achievement Marshall University and Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine can offer medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.

Life in Huntington

Residents of Huntington and its surrounding communities have access to culture, dining, indoor and outdoor entertainment, shopping, sporting events, history and more.

West Virginia, the outdoor recreation capital of the East, is also home to 5 major ski resorts, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, around 130 golf courses and more than a million acres of state and national park land filled with lakes and streams ready to be explored. Find more to explore across the tri-state on the Outdoor Recreation Guide

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Local Festivals

The fall tends to be festival season in the tri-state; however, you will find them all year round in the area.

Check out the local visitors bureaus for more local events and festivals:

Live Like a Local Bucket List

  • See a show at the Keith Albee Theater.
  • Hike a trail or take a boat ride at Beech Fork State Park.
  • Visit the Huntington Museum of Art.
  • Dine or shop downtown at Pullman Square.
  • Take in at least one local festival (you will find plenty to choose from).
  • Visit the fountain on Marshall University’s campus.
  • Try something fresh at one of our local farmer’s markets.
  • Enjoy an evening stroll around the Rose Garden at Ritter Park.
  • Cheer on the Thundering Herd at a football game.
  • Play a round of Frisbee golf at Barboursville Park.

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