These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In West Virginia For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in West Virginia have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in West Virginia?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in West Virginia, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Mountain State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in West Virginia? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in West Virginia. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Huntington (Photos)
  2. Morgantown (Photos)
  3. Keyser (Photos)
  4. Elkins (Photos)
  5. Dunbar
  6. Buckhannon (Photos)
  7. Princeton (Photos)
  8. Fairmont (Photos)
  9. Charleston (Photos)
  10. Martinsburg (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in West Virginia? That would be Bridgeport.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in West Virginia or the safest places to live in West Virginia.

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How do you determine which city is best for singles in West Virginia anyways?

To give you the places in West Virginia which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Mountain State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of West Virginia, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For West Virginia, that meant a total of 26 cities.

Read on to see why Huntington is the talk of the town while Bridgeport is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Huntington

Huntington, Wv

Population: 48,735
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 30.1%
Households with kids: 22.1%
Huntington is a city in Cabell County and Wayne County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the busiest inland port in the United States.

2. Morgantown

Morgantown, Wv

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,364
Median Age: 24.0
Married households: 29.4%
Households with kids: 15.8%
Morgantown is a city in and the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia, situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. With a permanent population of 31,073 per the 2015 U.S. Census estimates, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. The Morgantown metropolitan area has a population of 138,176, and is the 3rd largest in West Virginia. West Virginia University adds several thousand seasonal residents to the city and surrounding area from September through May. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University and the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system.

3. Keyser

Keyser, Wv

Population: 5,261
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 33.3%
Households with kids: 24.0%
Keyser (/ka.zr/) is a city in and the county seat of Mineral County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,439 at the 2010 census.

4. Elkins

Elkins, Wv

Population: 7,232
Median Age: 36.7
Married households: 37.3%
Households with kids: 23.8%
Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins (1841?1911), a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. The population was 7,094 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Randolph County. Elkins is home to Davis and Elkins College and to the Mountain State Forest Festival, held in early October every year.[not verified in body]

5. Dunbar


Population: 7,714
Median Age: 42.8
Married households: 32.3%
Households with kids: 22.9%
Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

6. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, Wv

Population: 5,645
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 38.6%
Households with kids: 23.4%
Buckhannon is the only incorporated city in, and the county seat of, Upshur County, West Virginia, United States, and is located along the Buckhannon River. The population was 5,639 at the 2010 census. Buckhannon is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, held annually on the third week of May. The city is located 115 miles northeast from the capital city of Charleston and 140 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

7. Princeton

Princeton, Wv

Population: 6,056
Median Age: 40.2
Married households: 37.1%
Households with kids: 25.8%
Princeton, often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the South,’ is a city in and the county seat of Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 6,432 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,342. The town hosts the Princeton Rays baseball club of the Appalachian League.

8. Fairmont

Fairmont, Wv

Population: 18,699
Median Age: 34.8
Married households: 38.6%
Households with kids: 26.5%
Fairmont is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 18,704 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marion County.

9. Charleston

Charleston, Wv

Population: 50,210
Median Age: 41.6
Married households: 34.6%
Households with kids: 23.9%
Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

10. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, Wv

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,613
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 30.9%
Households with kids: 30.8%
Martinsburg is a city in and the county seat of Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States, in the tip of the state’s Eastern Panhandle region. Its population was 17,687 in the 2016 census estimate, making it the largest city in the Eastern Panhandle and the ninth-largest municipality in the state. Martinsburg is part of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in West Virginia

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in West Virginia ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in West Virginia according to the data:

  1. Bridgeport
  2. Bluefield
  3. Hurricane

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In West Virginia

City Rank Population Median Age
Huntington 1 48,735 34.6
Morgantown 2 30,364 24.0
Keyser 3 5,261 35.1
Elkins 4 7,232 36.7
Dunbar 5 7,714 42.8
Buckhannon 6 5,645 30.0
Princeton 7 6,056 40.2
Fairmont 8 18,699 34.8
Charleston 9 50,210 41.6
Martinsburg 10 17,613 34.2
Wheeling 11 27,758 45.5
Clarksburg 12 16,226 38.7
Moundsville 13 8,858 46.0
Grafton 14 5,156 43.3
St. Albans 15 10,788 46.6
Beckley 16 17,348 40.4
Parkersburg 17 30,962 42.1
New Martinsville 18 5,255 47.0
South Charleston 19 13,182 43.3
Oak Hill 20 8,722 41.4
Weirton 21 19,307 47.1
Vienna 22 10,566 43.3
Nitro 23 6,505 45.9
Hurricane 24 6,460 39.0
Bluefield 25 10,366 41.8
Bridgeport 26 8,364 44.1

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