A Town in Motion
Princeton enjoys top-of-the-line Police and Fire Departments who work constantly to keep the community safe. The Fire Department has consistently achieved an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 rating; the second-best rating on a scale of 1-10. This rating provides homeowners and businesses with the lowest insurance premiums in the area.
Besides working to keep public places clean and safe, the Public Works Department offers garbage pickup services to residents within City limits. The Princeton Rescue Squad provides emergency medical response through its center on Stafford Drive and substations throughout the city.
Princeton Parks and Recreation has created an ideal environment for individuals and families of all kinds and all ages to find activities and recreation facilities in the Princeton community. The recreation center hosts organized community sports leagues for ages 3 and up, including 6 basketball leagues for boys and girls, cheerleading, co-ed volleyball leagues, disc golf, youth and adult martial arts, and indoor soccer leagues. The Rec Center features a gymnasium, conference room, summer day camp room, House of Bounce Party Room, concession stand, karate dojo, an outdoor playground with a swing set and two handicapped accessible swings, a large covered picnic shelter, outdoor basketball court, skate park, softball field, and the newly constructed dog park. The outdoor facilities, including pools, concert spaces, skate park, playgrounds, picnic facilities, disc golf holes, and the highly popular hiking trails see over 54,000 people. With plans for new recreation facilities upcoming, Princeton will only become a better place for fun and health in the future.
The city recently welcomed WVU Medicine as the new administrator of Princeton Community Hospital. Under this new leadership, the hospital will continue to provide its crucial services with new and expanded healthcare options.
Princeton offers all the utilities needed to live a comfortable life and do business in Southern West Virginia. Princeton’s utilities are provided by several sources including the Princeton Sanitary Board (sewer), American Water (tap water), American Electric Power (electrical), and Princeton Public Works (trash). These are a combination of public and private services.
The city is home to many schools ranging from preschool to high school and vocational colleges. Three higher education centers in Concord University, Blufield University, and Bluefield State University in the near area provide access to undergraduate education and beyond.
Princeton is a growing center for culture in Mercer County. The Princeton Public Library offers access to a large collection of literature, books, films, and more. The Library also hosts a variety of regular programs and activities for all ages. The Chuck Mathena Center features an array of musical, dramatic, artistic, and dance performances from nationally known bands, theater troupes, community groups, and more. Princeton is filled with things to do and opportunities to be active that make life entertaining for our community. If you’re a visitor coming to enjoy our businesses, activities, or outdoor recreation, our community will be happy to welcome you in one of our many options for accommodation.
Thanks to a thriving entrepreneurial spirit and plentiful business support, Princeton remains an ideal environment for businesses both small and large. This environment has made Princeton home to over 1,400 active businesses within city limits. Mercer Street’s growing Grassroots and Historic Districts and more are still growing with new business development every year. Princeton’s Business Loop is a combination of commercial thoroughfare making a circuit. Including Mercer Street, Thorn Street, Rogers Street, Brick Street, Stafford Drive, S. Walker Street, and East Main Street back to Mercer Street, this route features hundreds of businesses, many community facilities, and between 12,000 to 20,000 cars that visit the area every day.