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Barboursville, West Virginia, A Perfect Place To Call Home

By Livability on November 13, 2021

Vineyard in the Village in Barboursville, West Virginia
Courtesy City of Barboursville

Young families, career-minded professionals and retirees living in Barboursville, West Virginia, can travel quickly to nearby major metro areas. But the city’s diverse economy and amazing quality of life may convince them never to leave. 

“We’re in the heart of a Top 50 metro area, in close proximity to Lexington, Columbus and Cincinnati,” Mayor Chris Tatum says of the Kentucky and Ohio cities. 

Business and leisure travelers enjoy direct airline service to major hubs from two airports. By car, travelers are within a day’s drive of large cities including New York, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. 

But why leave when everything you need is right here, from outdoor recreation and shopping to educational and career opportunities? 

“We are home to West Virginia’s second-largest municipal park, with 800 acres of activities including horseback riding, 60 walking, hiking and biking trails, basketball, softball, fishing, disc golf and a concert venue. We host multiple youth sports tournaments,” Tatum says. 

The presence of two state-of-the-art hospitals, Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, offers peace of mind for retirees and families, and creates career opportunities for health care professionals and others. 

Higher education choices include Marshall University, Mountwest Community and Technical College, Huntington Junior College and the Cabell County Career Technology Center. 

“Many of our residents work for the local hospital system, Marshall University, CSX and a variety of industrial corporations,” Tatum adds. 

Barboursville is home to West Virginia’s largest shopping mall, the Huntington Mall, with about 150 retailers. Tanyard Station, the retail development on the site of a historic CSX railyard, continues to grow. 

“Retail and quality of life-type businesses are our bread and butter,” Tatum says. 

College-age students come for the educational opportunities. Retirees and families are coming for Barboursville’s other advantages. 

“They like our low costs and the quality of life,” says Tatum. “The housing market in Barboursville is the best in the Tri-State.” 

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