Prichard is a census-designated place (CDP) in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 527. It is located along the Big Sandy River and U.S. Route 52. It is part of the Huntington–Ashland, WV–KY–OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which had a population of 287,702 according to the US Census (2010).
The community was named after one James Pritchard.
Prichard Elementary School opened in 1958, replacing a two-room schoolhouse. It is the lone academic facility in Prichard. Once students reach 6th grade, they attend either Buffalo Middle School, Wayne Middle School, or Fort Gay Middle School. Upon reaching 9th grade, Prichard residents attend either Spring Valley High School, Wayne High School or Tolsia High School.
With only a limited number of employment opportunities within Prichard, the average work commute for residents was 38.7.
In September 1999, Senator Jay Rockefeller announced that Okuno International would open a hydraulic cylinder plant in Prichard, offering 50 new jobs and eventually expanding to 100.
Aplicare, a manufacturer of topical antiseptic and personal care products, operated a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility which, according to their website, manufactured “all of our bottled antiseptics, our personal care product line, and several unit dose products including lubricating jelly and antiseptic hand gel.