Best Cities For Singles In West Virginia For 2020


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in West Virginia.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Huntington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Keyser (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Morgantown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Buckhannon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fairmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Elkins (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Martinsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Princeton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Wheeling (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in West Virginia? Huntington ranks as the best place for singles in West Virginia if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

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.

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In West Virginia For 2020

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,420
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 21.9%
More on Huntington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Keyser, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,119
Median Age: 33.0
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 22.1%
More on Keyser: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Keyser 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.

Morgantown, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,539
Median Age: 24.6
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 16.1%
More on Morgantown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Buckhannon, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,566
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 20.9%
More on Buckhannon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Fairmont, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,507
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 30.0%
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Fairmont: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Elkins, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,115
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 25.9%
More on Elkins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins, 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.

Martinsburg, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,497
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 29.7%
More on Martinsburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Martinsburg by HomeSnacks User

IT'S TRASH. All you ever see is crack heads running around and what not. It can be a good place at the same time. Some things we have here like parks and swimming areas for the summer are amazing to be at. Martinsburg is great but the people in it make it a bad place if that makes sense.

Movies, Swimming, Rivers, Parks

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,734
Median Age: 41.7
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 24.1%
More on Charleston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Charleston by HomeSnacks User

This place is absolutely beautiful in autumn The mountains are all full o colorful trees. The people are down to earth, friendly and helpful. Great places to eat. Very cool weather that time of year makes it relaxing.

The scenery is breath taking. See the mountains and colors

Princeton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,907
Median Age: 44.8
Married households: 27.0%
Households with kids: 24.8%
More on Princeton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Princeton by HomeSnacks User

Horrible I got stabbed last time I was visiting

Bedsides the knife in my stomach is the drug problem

Wheeling, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,190
Median Age: 43.9
Married households: 27.0%
Households with kids: 23.1%
More on Wheeling: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located almost entirely in Ohio County, of which it is the county seat, it lies along the Ohio River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Wheeling was originally a settlement in the British colony of Virginia and later an important city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wheeling was the first state capital of West Virginia. Due to its location along major transportation routes, including the Ohio River, National Road, and the B&O Railroad, Wheeling became a manufacturing center in the late nineteenth century. After experiencing the closing of factories and substantial population loss following World War II, Wheeling's major industries now include healthcare, education, law and legal services, entertainment and tourism, and energy.

Review Of Wheeling by HomeSnacks User

Wheeling is a relatively safe, small town located in a tri-state area of the Ohio Valley within 60 minutes of Pittsburgh, PA with the nearest international airport.

The waterfront of downtown can also be lively in the summer with various music events. The Center Market area is a cute, trendy spot with a local brewery, a wine bar, a hair salon, a coffee shop, a creperie and some antiques shops. Don't miss Ogelbay Park, a wonderful resort with upscale dining, golf, tennis, and more and the Festival of Lights at Christmas.

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in west virginia for 2020

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. Nitro
  3. Hurricane

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In West Virginia

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Huntington, WV 47,420 34.6
2 Keyser, WV 5,119 33.0
3 Morgantown, WV 30,539 24.6
4 Buckhannon, WV 5,566 35.5
5 Fairmont, WV 18,507 34.3
6 Elkins, WV 7,115 37.0
7 Martinsburg, WV 17,497 35.3
8 Charleston, WV 48,734 41.7
9 Princeton, WV 5,907 44.8
10 Wheeling, WV 27,190 43.9
11 Parkersburg, WV 30,328 41.8
12 Dunbar, WV 7,462 45.4
13 Clarksburg, WV 15,830 38.2
14 Moundsville, WV 8,651 48.5
15 Weirton, WV 18,894 45.4
16 Vienna, WV 10,446 44.8
17 St. Albans, WV 10,442 45.0
18 Beckley, WV 16,697 42.8
19 Grafton, WV 5,091 45.1
20 New Martinsville, WV 5,190 44.6
21 South Charleston, WV 12,686 42.1
22 Bluefield, WV 10,022 41.0
23 Oak Hill, WV 8,458 41.6
24 Hurricane, WV 6,477 38.4
25 Nitro, WV 6,201 41.3
26 Bridgeport, WV 8,466 43.6

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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