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Smithers is a city in Fayette and Kanawha counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located along the Kanawha River, it lies almost entirely in Fayette County. The population was 813 at the 2010 census. The city most likely takes its name from Smithers Creek. The small river city is noted for having a rich cultural history related to both its coal mining and Italian-American heritages.
Smithers is located at 38°10′39″N 81°18′23″W (38.177389, -81.306269), along the Kanawha River at the mouth of Smithers Creek.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.29 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 813 people, 405 households, and 216 families living in the city. The population density was 1,626.0 inhabitants per square mile (627.8/km2). There were 473 housing units at an average density of 946.0 per square mile (365.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.8% White, 8.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.