Green Bank, West Virginia

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Green Bank
—  Census-designated place  —
Green Bank is located in West Virginia
Green Bank
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°25′12″N 79°49′53″W / 38.42°N 79.83139°W / 38.42; -79.83139Coordinates: 38°25′12″N 79°49′53″W / 38.42°N 79.83139°W / 38.42; -79.83139
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountyPocahontas
Area[1]
 • Total3.276 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Land3.276 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total143
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID
 
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Green Bank
—  Census-designated place  —
Green Bank is located in West Virginia
Green Bank
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°25′12″N 79°49′53″W / 38.42°N 79.83139°W / 38.42; -79.83139Coordinates: 38°25′12″N 79°49′53″W / 38.42°N 79.83139°W / 38.42; -79.83139
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountyPocahontas
Area[1]
 • Total3.276 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Land3.276 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total143
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID

Green Bank is a census-designated place in Pocahontas County in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands inside the Allegheny Mountain Range. Green Bank is located along WV 28. Green Bank is also close to the Snowshoe Mountain ski resort. As of the 2010 census, its population was 143.[2]

Located within the National Radio Quiet Zone, it is home to the Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope, which is operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). It was at the NRAO, in 1960, that Frank Drake presented the Drake Equation, which was developed to provide an estimate of the total number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.

Bruce Bosley, a four-time All-Pro for the San Francisco 49ers and a standout player at West Virginia in the 1950s, starred as running back at the now-shuttered Green Bank High School.

With Green Bank being located within the Quiet Zone, many people who suffer from electromagnetic sensitivity (EMS) are finding new homes within it's borders. Safety from cellular radiation is the main attraction to Green Bank for EMS citizens. As of 2012 there is an approximate known 40 member colony within the Green Bank Quiet Zone which are affected by radiation with variable degrees.[citation needed]

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