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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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Quick Facts about WV

Population 1,851,420
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $41,751
Median Home Price $103,800
Median Property Tax $966
Median Rent $73

Employment Rate in WV

  Employed 94%
  Unemployed 6%

Race in WV

  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 in WV

  Employed 94%
  Unemployed 6%

Educational Levels in WV

  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 in WV

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 in WV

  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
Charleston 50,566 $144,400 $48,442
Huntington 48,944 $90,600 $29,873
Parkersburg 31,133 $86,400 $31,876
Morgantown 30,164 $172,900 $34,090
Wheeling 27,894 $98,800 $36,989
Weirton 19,432 $89,300 $39,832
Fairmont 18,773 $95,700 $36,086
Martinsburg 17,564 $143,400 $37,843
Beckley 17,375 $108,600 $34,944
Clarksburg 16,347 $80,000 $37,036
Teays Valley 13,848 $209,600 $70,419
South Charleston 13,276 $109,700 $46,390
St. Albans 10,882 $101,700 $44,758
Vienna 10,623 $123,200 $46,968
Cross Lanes 10,567 $139,000 $55,773
Bluefield 10,431 $70,600 $34,972
Cheat Lake 9,219 $247,900 $83,403
Moundsville 8,888 $78,500 $34,628
Bridgeport 8,338 $202,100 $79,324
Oak Hill 8,249 $85,800 $39,316