Nitro is a residential town west of Charleston, north of the Kanawha River and south of I-64. Most of the population of 7000 lives along the river and there is a lot of undeveloped hills and woods.
96% of the population is caucasian with north-European ancestry.
ZIPCODE 25143 is Nitro in the greae Charleston area of Kanawha County
Area Code 304
the town used to be known as Crawford City.
the present name of Nitro is in reference to the fact that the area was the number one producer of ammunition during WWI and were also important producers in WWII. (nitro is slang for nitrogycerine which is the main component in explosives).
the famous baseball player, Lew Burdette was a Nitro native as are singer Kathy Mattea and baseball star J.R. House.