I love Beckley and in my opinion, it is the BEST city in West Virginia. There are maybe 15 towns with population of over 10,000 people in the state, to make of list of the worst and best places is preposterous. In fact, it sits at number 8 on the list of the best places to live in West Virginia. As far as crime – there are save neighborhoods and not so safe neighborhoods, like any city. Four “towns” you list are not towns. With over 70% of West Virginia covered in forest and mountains, we realize that anywhere you move to in the Mountain State will be amazing, but we think that you should definitely give the state's best place to live, Hurricane, a hard look. Still, the economy is robust. Please understand that just because someone cannot perform the above observation’s means they are unworthy of being heard, but if anyone is expecting to be taken seriously, they had better come across as being at LEAST somewhat literate. We think that any of them would be a great place to put down roots as a family in West Virginia. Barbour County managed to snag two of your worst top 10 (Belington) being the other. I swore I’d never move back due to the economy and ruralness but I always talked proudly of my home state. I find that there are numerous things to do in our town, kind and caring people, and beautiful West Virginia mountains. Next, we averaged the rankings into one "Worst Place To Live Score". More on Oak Hill:  Data | Photos. More on Keyser:  Data | Photos. I guess any poor city in WV would look Very good to anyone who is retired. Population: 9,889 Quite the combination, right? If you feel this way then why don’t you do us all a favor and move to a different state? Keyser has the 13th worst crime index of any place in West Virginia, and has the 4th lowest income. Did you know 80% of Planned Parenthoods are in Black neighborhoods? I’m very happy to live in a place with a fairly low population density I live in rural Edgefield County South Carolina at the moment. I would want to be in a community that loves Jesus and is accountable to Him! It didn’t mention the amount of deaths due to drugs. Jefferson City cares about the health and safety of every member of our community. I never understood a poor man or woman voting for a Republican, just ask yourself what they ever did for you. Any true West Virginian knows the density and pollution are the areas true Mountaineers run from. I stay to myself because the only thing I see are drug ridden ignorant people who consider themselves God fearing Christians who know nothing of the Bible or politics but could tell you about pills, meth, weed and who has what not to mention white trash gossip of meaningless things. Have I made my point here? Explore the safest suburbs in the U.S. based on crime rates for murder, assault, rape, burglary, and other crime statistics by city. Someone is likely to include your article and/or this Chasing Chains and RoadSnacks on a ‘WORST’ list somewhere!! Originally chartered in 1816, Bridgeport has continued to grow and prosper throughout the centuries all while keeping its cost of living affordable and its unemployment rate one of the lowest in the state. Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change) How can you discuss the education of the ten cities’ populations when you can’t write properly? If you're curious enough, here are the best cities to live in West Virginia: Bridgeport (Pop. I see that “Chasing Chains” is located in Durham – – OMG, really!!!?? Looking for a safe & quiet, but not too rural area. To put that in perspective a more reputable source found that Huntington is educated, culturally elevated above the state of WV, and the economy is out pacing most of the entire state. The people who stuck up for WV, good for you. Downtown Charleston. NO place is “IT”, and will never be. Try going to Charlotte winstonsalem reliegh hickory or try anywhere in Georgia Florida Alabama Virginia Tennessee etc. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks. He is a happily married (to a beautiful & talented Christian native) Christian and father of adorable twin toddlers. Most of life is rough, somewhat uncultured and rustic. GOD BLESS YOU! While we don’t have all of the preferred economic indicators, I certainly wouldn’t call the towns the “worst.” There are a wealth of opportunities awaiting discovery. I grew up in wv and one of the guys I grew up with married a black woman. I was born and raised here and I can tell you how it USE TO BE and what is different now. The actual truth is that he is basing his opinions on limited facts. After three days of looking at homes for $250K+ that were need of serious updating I gave up. Live there??? When we moved to Charlotte they were at least 1/2 year ahead of the public school education in Charlotte. Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Hurricane at the end of the cul-de-sac. © Chasing Chains, LLC. Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (8th worst) America, with all it problems, and they are growing faster every day, is still an interesting place. Most of these are not towns. Seems to me that you are the racist one you are profiling people in the state and saying they are all racist. Martinsburg is probably in the same list as best places to live in WV. Battlefield, the safest city in Missouri, reported only one violent crime and 41 property crimes in 2018. You remind me of the kid in school who felt like they had to bully the little chubby boy or the girl with the funny looking glasses. urg. (By the way the Confederates lost the civil war so if you fly the flag I guess that means you are still a racist). We took a dive into the data for the seventh time to see what has changed over the past year. Downtown Jefferson City from across the Missouri River in Jefferson City, Missouri. However, like its collegiate namesake, Princeton rates highly in education, with the 6th best student-teacher ratio in the state. Population: 12,475Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)Median Home Value: $130,700 (8th best)Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (4th best)More on South Charleston: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living. Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. Planning on moving to WV next year from California. can can flip people off if they as where we are from. Probably because the cost of living here is super affordable, they don't have to constantly look over their shoulders because it's crazy safe here, and education is a priority for the entire city. We're pretty sure that John Denver was singing about West Virginia's 7th best place to live, Dunbar, in his song "Almost Heaven," and this is because Dunbar offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining its small town charm. More on Bluefield:  Data | Photos. It has been proven that the single biggest predictor of someone being poor is coming from a single parent household. WHAT MAP DID YOU USE? Specifically, we analyzed research out of Virginia Commonwealth University that mapped the Klans in each area and gave a history of their recruitment from 1915-1940. We would love to help answer any questions you may have. You can’t even walk downtown without someone asking for money, a cig, and they get really pissed if you don’t give them anything, as if they are some how entitled to what you have. Not to mention, this hard work mentality must be trickling down into the Wheeling's schools, as this is most evident in their eleven--yes, eleven National Blue Ribbon Schools. Maybe in your libtard utopia that you have cocooned yourself with you can believe that BS, the rest of us will just hang out in our small towns waiting for something terrible to happen! For more West Virginia reading, check out: Population: 6,482Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)Median Home Value: $151,600 (4th best)Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (3rd best)More on Hurricane: Real Estate | Cost Of Living. On top of that, residents have the 2nd-worst commute of any place in the state. It definately could use some updating in curb appeal but other than that it’s like anywhere else. Plus the school system here in Jefferson County is really great, the people are really nice, you can get out of the rat race that is the D.C. Metro area , and it’s just so pretty here. As a blogger, you had the opportunity to take the high road by presenting the challenges facing each community “The Top 10 Cites Facing the Most Challenges in WV.” Kicking these communities while they’re down in economic indicators doesn’t serve the blogosphere in the best capacity. According to science, Parkersburg is the 9th worst place you can live in West Virginia. No it’s not christians fault west Virginia sucks. As noted in other comments, these list really cause one to question anything in the media. 6,482) For more West Virginia reading, check out: Richest Cities In West Virginia; Safest Places … I don’t know. Seems to me that people see someone a little different and they Hollar racism. We have reviews of the best places to see in Jefferson City… This list makes no sense. This listing in my opinion is flawed. The 10 Worst Places To Live In West Virginia For 2021. Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1) I’ve lived in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA Martinsburg, WV (I’m batting 1000 on your list!) And all that after 8 years under Obama. Philippi certainly isn’t a tropical paradise, but it’s certainly far from the worst place to live. More on Princeton:  Data | Photos. Oh yeah, I want to live there. More on Grafton:  Data | Photos. if(window.innerWidth < 700){ezoicSiteSpeed(jQuery(document), String(/documentReady/).substring(1).slice(0,-1), String(/jQuery-document-dot-ready/).substring(1).slice(0,-1), function($){$("#skip_expand").html("(Expand+)");$("#toc ul").css("display", "none");$("#skip_expand").on("click", function(){$("#toc ul").toggle()});$("#toc h3").on("click", function(){$("#toc ul").toggle()});});}. What I would consider a good town is NOT what the world would choose! There's a lot more to West Virginia than rural highways and byways; matter of fact, where the WV Byway 25 meets the WV Highway 60 is the 9th best place to live in the state, St. Albans. Mr. Zane, It actually reminds me of Beckley. West Virginia will always be my home.My family and a lot of my friends are from W. V. The information is not a total reflection of the city’s in West Virginia example would be Charleston. Population: 8,556Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)Median Home Value: $222,800 (best)Unemployment Rate: 1.8% (best)More on Bridgeport: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living. You vote for the democrat party for decades. I cannot name one person there that wouldn’t go out of there way to help you. After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in West Virginia? Notify me of follow-up comments by email. They still pay meter maids to troll the streets putting tickets on cars in a has been ghost town. Also the,crime rate and drug issues are horrible. It won’t be a good place until these people get themselves cleaned up and get a life. But Martinsburg does have one good thing going for it -- the most days of sunshine of any place in West Virginia. We call that West Virginia win. The city's home prices, low cost of living, and low crime rate are as sweet as an apple, too.In fact, you can get a nice single family home in Vienna for the 6th … Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. I think it’s funny that Cory is knocking education in Martinsburg, but can barely spell himself. I like your comment. i dont agree on this at all beckley is a very nice place to live yea theres some flaws but there are incredibly nice people the nicest you’ll meet and i know alot of people think we are all red necks but thats not true! Census's most recent American Community Survey, Download The Entire West Virginia Ranking Data, High population density (Lots of things to do). That would be Grafton. I, too, have traveled extensively, and WV is definitely a place that sticks in the mind. Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey, through education, research and the rehabilitation of injured and orphan raptors. They know nothing about the real West Virginia and nothing about some great small towns. The organization's science education programs serve over 27,000 students a year in formal education settings. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in West Virginia. In contrast with Beckley, Grafton is pretty solid in the crime department; only slightly below average. Can anyone tell me about a place to live on a lake without fees in WV.I am looking for a retirement home. And, Vienna's low hanging fruit does disappoint either. Compare to other neighborhoods, cities, and states in … It amuses me how many people get offended by satire. The education category is where Grafton really loses marks -- it ranks dead last in overall education score and has the highest (read worst) student-teacher ratio in the state. If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already. Clarksburg might have the best middle and high school in the state, but that does not make Clarksburg a good place. They have regular income & housing would look mighty cheap to live a good life. We compiled a list of which places in West Virginia are the least wild and wonderful to live in so you don't have to find out for yourself. In fact, the median home price in South Charleston is the 8th lowest in the state at $130,700 and the median income here is upwards of $53,713/year. Median Home Value: $97,200 (9th worst) Pea Ridge and Teays Valley are unincorporated areas with some population. The city's home prices, low cost of living, and low crime rate are as sweet as an apple, too. Where are these places you wonder? Moundsville, part of Marshall County, is the 6th worst place to live in West Virginia for 2021. The cost of living in Dunbar is extremely manageable (1.0x lower than the state average) and homes are affordable. Leave while you can, because once your sick, its forever! My friend lives a few cities up north of Wheeler. Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Charleston with a population of 48,006 against places with a population of 18? We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair. Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) We use data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine quality of life for places across the nation. Median Home Value: $91,100 (5th worst) Neither myself nor my husband are natives-we chose to live & raise our child in WV. LAME… ” Who needs a decent chance at life right?, one must have clean water, lets face it WV is so far behind, that most people do not have water, because its contaminated by mines and frack wastes, they only test for chemicals they know are in the waters, so when they taste something out of the ordinary they just increase the chlorine levels, says all of Charleston.” How about where the fracking dumps are deep injection wells next to rivers/ next to reservoirs, and where the trucks dump the SOUR BRINES, or Drilling injection wastes onto the roads at night, call the police, they laugh at it. The only negative issue with any of the valley towns are the big chemical companies killing the air and water along the beautiful Kanawha River! “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. Now had those folks voted for Hillary things would have looked up. Select your state and city below to learn more about our junk removal services in your area. Though 17 of them are the largest cities in their states, the biggest population doesn’t always represent the best quality of life. You & most others are selling WV short! I visited several other towns in the valley area regularly. Now the government knows all the problems they can fix them. Bragging is the way I see it when anyone says how good they live, in a poor state. He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move. Charleston is a river town nestled in the hills with lots to do! All you have is oops nothing you have to go to Bridgeport to even watch aovie or a delapadated drive in outside of Shinnston with toilet facilities that’s not fit for animals. It’s amazing to see how offended people get when you say something bad about West Virginia. The town has relatively low unemployment rate of 6.4%, the 9th healthiest pace in the state. I am so surprised that Beckley tops the list for the worst places to live. Cory your post of needles men and homeless people seem to describe every city in the us not just wv. Personally, I think a town or city’s location in relation to the slaw line should be a most important consideration. "I wasn't expecting to really feel much getting the vaccine emotionally," Matuskowitz, 37, told CNN. In this part of the state we have Martinsburg, Shepardstown, Charles Town, and Harper’s Ferry. Meanwhile, the median home value sits at $96,000. What, pray tell, do you hope to accomplish by publishing negative non-facts about communities, especially when those communities are may be doing the very best they can to keep their heads above water? We tend to think so. We understand there's a lot of good in every place. They are loaded with cops running wild. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Two different real estate agents told us that prices were elevated due to the fracking and oil companies in the area. Nothing schools will ever do will make up for the issues in Clarksburg. You can download the data here. all states with cities have these same problems. 10,348) Hurricane (Pop. What's the best place to live in West Virginia according to the data? Not a single school. The town of 5,162 people offers more than a pleasant view, however. Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (3rd worst) To be a truly acurate measure of whether a place is great to live or awful, you need to survy the people and take their answers into consideration as well. It's also super safe in Wheeling. Morgantown also has the youngest population 24; and not surprising, it's one of the best places in the Mountain State for singles.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'homesnacks_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_11',111,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'homesnacks_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_12',111,'0','1'])); We can't blame the youngsters as the cost of living here is 0.9x lower than the national average, the unemployment rate is the 20th lowest in the state, and the median income is $42,966/year. And St Albans is a lazy town with charm as well and lots of activity along the Coal River. Too many West Virginian’s want to paint a rosy picture of themselves while sweeping their problems under the rug. Many of its proud 135,000 residents like to explain that it is located where “where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.” I don’t see it anymore. Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6) Median Home Value: $98,200 (11th worst) and we dont all live in old small redneck houses either we have mansions and we have a very nice home!! You can’t go anywhere without seeing druggies with their babies on street corners shooting up with the others. Population: 5,162Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)Median Home Value: $96,000 (19th best)Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (16th best)More on New Martinsville: Real Estate | Cost Of Living. I live near Edgefield South Carolina which is considered one of the safest towns in South Carolina and many people consider it one of the best places to live in the state. Not very scientific now are we?? Though they were dead right about Memphis being the least desirable city to live in. I grew up in Raleigh County – ten years in Beckley and then eight years in Grandview just down the road. so good day! It hit Clarksburg right on the head. It’s enormously expensive to live in a society as ours, but it’s good and worth it if responsibility is practiced and respect is issued without restraint. As for the ‘Almost Heaven’ crap everyone is always talking about, its only almost heaven here because leaving the house is putting your life on the line. You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post. We aim to deliver infotainment about where you live that your real estate agent won't tell you. Nothing for kids to do. We ARE losing our country, and it seems as though we really may ultimately !ose it, but until then, we should fight and struggle to try to maintain what we have left. If it weren’t for my aging parents who need my help I’d already be gone. The median income in the area comes in at a modest $38,506. I lived in Durham and now Durham County, and seeing this article that included my HOMETOWN in WV makes me feel like going to the front door of one of the “founders” of Chasing Chains to give someone a piece of my mind, (or maybe a swift kick in the rear end!!). Good job. I’m Canadian and every year when I drive to Florida through West Virginia I am in disbelief of how many red necks and low budge people we see in WV. WV is a poisoned state, if you value life and your loved ones don’t even consider this state, it has no industry other than gass/coal mining, which will be gone in a few years and offers little to no hope for its residents. Even allot of the working class people are the same. More on Huntington:  Data | Photos. The whole town makes a citizen feel a defence mode . I am a retired teacher after 34 yrs. I’m closer to Martinsburg so we frequent there for quick shopping and I’ve never felt scared there at all. I think the mountains and countryside are gorgeous however I think the governor made a gross error allowing fracking; it was a temporary fix to a sluggish economy and in the end the people in WV will pay dearly for it. We can thank West Virginia for the "Golden Delicious" apple and the 2nd best place to live, Vienna. Don’t know how you equate slavery to Democrats. When it comes to the best places to live in the United States, expect to find Virginia among the top contenders. Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (4th worst) Doesnt work in a state with the population base of WV. Population: 27,062Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)Median Home Value: $110,100 (12th best)Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (13th best)More on Wheeling: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. 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