West Virginia : What you need to know

Noted for its mountains, rolling hills and many state parks, West Virginia offers a variety of outdoor recreational options that include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, hunting and whitewater rafting. Best places to live in West Virginia include Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling and Morgantown, and the state's strong economy is led by aerospace, chemical research, plastics, biometrics and medicine. West Virginia is also a leading energy-producing state with rich natural resources.


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West Virginia Profile

Quick Facts

Population 1851420
Latest Population Increase -0.13%
Median Household Income $1851420
Median Home Price $103800
Median Property Tax $966
Median Rent $72.5

Employment Rate

  Employed 94%
  Unemployed 6%

Race

  Ethnicity White 93.6%
  Ethnicity Black 3.3%
  Ethnicity Asian 0.7%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 1.4%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.2%
  Ethnicity Other 0.2%

Employment Rate

  Employed 94%
  Unemployed 6%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 11.7%
  Associate's Degree 6.6%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 7.4%
  High School Graduate 40.7%
  Some College, No Degree 18.5%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 19.2%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 85%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 5.1%
Construction 6.2%
Manufacturing 8.1%
Wholesale Trade 2.2%
Retail Trade 12.6%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5.4%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 4.1%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 7.8%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 26.7%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 9.2%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.3%
Public Administration 6.7%

Housing

  Homes Rent 72.5%
  Homes Owned 27.5%

West Virginia Rankings


Best places to Live in West Virginia
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Accoville 749 $83,600 $36,667
Addison (Webster Springs) 1,015 $64,000 $35,595
Albright 327 $50,000 $28,438
Alderson 1,221 $96,200 $24,643
Alum Creek 1,902 $93,200 $35,469
Amherstdale 205 $80,000 $24,250
Anawalt 191 $24,400 $24,219
Anmoore 608 $48,900 $26,429
Ansted 1,583 $74,300 $41,000
Apple Grove 175 $35,900 $0
Athens 1,086 $141,800 $33,542
Auburn 128 $37,500 $0
Aurora 296 $88,500 $40,395
Bancroft 914 $106,100 $75,278
Barboursville 4,078 $119,000 $39,068
Barrackville 1,324 $103,500 $47,344
Bartley 250 $27,900 $22,895
Bartow 47 $0 $0
Bath (Berkeley Springs) 580 $155,300 $36,250
Bayard 403 $75,000 $31,875