Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is West Virginia a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in West Virginia.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Mountain State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of West Virginia, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 29 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Mountain State for 2018:
- Putnam County (Photos)
- Brooke County (Photos)
- Ohio County (Photos)
- Jackson County (Photos)
- Marshall County (Photos)
- Taylor County (Photos)
- Pleasants County
- Monongalia County (Photos)
- Marion County (Photos)
- Lewis County (Photos)
Putnam County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in West Virginia. And you might want to avoid Mingo County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move West Virginia, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
Or, check out the best places to live in West Virginia and the best places to raise a family in West Virginia.
How do you determine which West Virginia county is the best?
To give you the best county in West Virginia, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in West Virginia across each of the criteria from one to 29, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In West Virginia’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Mountain State.
Read on to see why Putnam County is the best county, while Mingo County is probably in contention for being the worst county in West Virginia.
3. Ohio County
10. Lewis County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In West Virginia To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in West Virginia can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in West Virginia according to the data:
- Mingo County
- Raleigh County
- Fayette County
For more West Virginia reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In West Virginia
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In West Virginia
- 10 Safest Places In West Virginia
- 10 Worst Places To Live In West Virginia
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In West Virginia