These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In West Virginia For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in West Virginia are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in West Virginia, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Mountain State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in West Virginia based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in West Virginia ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in West Virginia for 2018:

  1. Bethany (Homes For Sale)
  2. Pinch (Homes For Sale)
  3. Bolivar (Homes For Sale)
  4. Lavalette (Homes For Sale)
  5. Winfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bethlehem (Homes For Sale)
  7. Pleasant Valley (Homes For Sale)
  8. Mineralwells (Homes For Sale)
  9. Barrackville (Homes For Sale)
  10. Falling Waters (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Bethany, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In West Virginia

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 126 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 126, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in West Virginia. Top of that list — Bethany.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in West Virginia.

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1. Bethany


Population: 1,029
Median Income: $56,094 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $110,600 (41st Best)
More on Bethany: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Pinch


Population: 2,826
Median Income: $68,828 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $156,200 (12th Best)
More on Pinch: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Bolivar


Population: 1,225
Median Income: $55,417 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $164,000 (6th Best)
More on Bolivar: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Lavalette


Population: 1,177
Median Income: $49,083 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $142,000 (14th Best)
More on Lavalette: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Winfield

Winfield, WV

Population: 2,300
Median Income: $58,879 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,700 (8th Best)
More on Winfield: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Bethlehem


Population: 2,489
Median Income: $63,813 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,000 (20th Best)
More on Bethlehem: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Pleasant Valley


Population: 3,181
Median Income: $52,669 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $141,200 (15th Best)
More on Pleasant Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Mineralwells


Population: 1,482
Median Income: $64,034 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $118,800 (27th Best)
More on Mineralwells: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Barrackville


Population: 1,221
Median Income: $50,750 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $117,800 (31st Best)
More on Barrackville: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Falling Waters


Population: 1,224
Median Income: $75,365 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $163,300 (7th Best)
More on Falling Waters: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Williamstown

Williamstown, WV

Population: 2,945
Median Income: $52,083 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $134,500 (22nd Best)
More on Williamstown: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

12. Tornado


Population: 1,294
Median Income: $64,479 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $113,400 (37th Best)
More on Tornado: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Lewisburg


Population: 3,947
Median Income: $49,712 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $211,100 (2nd Best)
More on Lewisburg: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Boaz


Population: 1,504
Median Income: $62,969 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,000 (17th Best)
More on Boaz: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Glen Dale


Population: 1,495
Median Income: $52,135 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $138,300 (19th Best)
More on Glen Dale: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Barboursville

Barboursville, WV

Population: 4,162
Median Income: $37,995 (68th Best)
Median Home Value: $131,000 (25th Best)
More on Barboursville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Westover


Population: 4,180
Median Income: $41,053 (57th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,500 (16th Best)
More on Westover: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Athens


Population: 1,070
Median Income: $40,714 (58th Best)
Median Home Value: $134,100 (23rd Best)
More on Athens: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Washington


Population: 1,245
Median Income: $74,408 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $161,600 (9th Best)
More on Washington: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Culloden


Population: 3,451
Median Income: $63,053 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $113,100 (38th Best)
More on Culloden: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in West Virginia are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in West Virginia:

  1. Gilbert Creek
  2. Pennsboro
  3. Mount Hope

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In West Virginia

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Bethany 1,029 $56,094 $110,600
2 Pinch 2,826 $68,828 $156,200
3 Bolivar 1,225 $55,417 $164,000
4 Lavalette 1,177 $49,083 $142,000
5 Winfield 2,300 $58,879 $162,700
6 Bethlehem 2,489 $63,813 $137,000
7 Pleasant Valley 3,181 $52,669 $141,200
8 Mineralwells 1,482 $64,034 $118,800
9 Barrackville 1,221 $50,750 $117,800
10 Falling Waters 1,224 $75,365 $163,300
11 Williamstown 2,945 $52,083 $134,500
12 Tornado 1,294 $64,479 $113,400
13 Lewisburg 3,947 $49,712 $211,100
14 Boaz 1,504 $62,969 $139,000
15 Glen Dale 1,495 $52,135 $138,300
16 Barboursville 4,162 $37,995 $131,000
17 Westover 4,180 $41,053 $139,500
18 Athens 1,070 $40,714 $134,100
19 Washington 1,245 $74,408 $161,600
20 Culloden 3,451 $63,053 $113,100
21 Lubeck 1,272 $60,489 $114,300
22 Poca 1,019 $45,568 $136,300
23 Eleanor 1,691 $52,697 $138,900
24 Shady Spring 3,380 $58,813 $180,800
25 Belle 1,213 $46,172 $105,600
26 Kingwood 2,951 $44,896 $131,400
27 Cassville 1,111 $48,313 $99,300
28 Lesage 1,228 $37,000 $110,100
29 St. Marys 1,801 $45,789 $99,800
30 Wellsburg 2,720 $32,861 $84,600
31 Blennerhassett 2,879 $53,772 $118,000
32 Harrisville 2,270 $38,681 $81,800
33 Star City 2,245 $43,030 $152,700
34 Mabscott 1,295 $53,578 $160,200
35 Nutter Fort 1,698 $41,638 $91,600
36 Summersville 3,496 $35,539 $113,700
37 Shepherd 1,578 $37,386 $340,400
38 Shinnston 2,432 $52,019 $94,000
39 West Liberty 1,775 $47,772 $107,500
40 Madison 2,959 $45,938 $118,000
41 Ceredo 1,336 $41,406 $96,600
42 Crab Orchard 2,323 $41,074 $103,400
43 Hamlin 1,531 $35,347 $87,200
44 Follansbee 2,905 $53,958 $94,100
45 Alum Creek 1,949 $36,957 $120,800
46 Rivesville 1,042 $41,111 $104,400
47 Bradley 1,797 $39,362 $110,100
48 Fayetteville 2,898 $35,950 $118,500
49 Mannington 1,951 $48,816 $73,300
50 Inwood 2,842 $56,016 $159,600
51 Shannondale 3,319 $80,592 $176,100
52 Sissonville 4,523 $43,235 $111,000
53 Monongah 1,084 $41,548 $71,200
54 Coal Fork 1,061 $47,222 $93,900
55 Milton 2,571 $40,000 $117,700
56 Chapmanville 1,392 $34,444 $115,500
57 Ronceverte 1,930 $41,944 $93,800
58 Mallory 1,137 $45,625 $83,000
59 Mcmechen 1,665 $39,265 $68,700
60 Prosperity 1,350 $35,882 $104,600
61 Hooverson Heights 2,752 $51,615 $67,300
62 Mullens 1,701 $43,864 $64,100
63 Clendenin 1,027 $41,855 $80,000
64 Kenova 3,112 $34,079 $69,800
65 Elkview 1,554 $42,413 $71,400
66 Romney 2,301 $26,111 $100,000
67 Ravenswood 3,847 $32,007 $92,400
68 Point Pleasant 4,281 $31,778 $77,400
69 Petersburg 2,482 $33,523 $114,600
70 Craigsville 1,740 $35,491 $86,000
71 Coal City 1,644 $42,206 $85,600
72 Stonewood 1,901 $44,261 $81,800
73 Moorefield 3,125 $30,033 $96,700
74 Chesapeake 1,570 $35,893 $70,200
75 Macarthur 1,718 $41,964 $97,000
76 Daniels 2,725 $43,734 $101,200
77 Paden City 2,935 $44,688 $83,100
78 Spencer 2,008 $24,014 $76,900
79 Brush Fork 1,359 $35,714 $74,000
80 Williamson 3,036 $30,833 $89,300
81 Sutton 1,218 $40,625 $65,800
82 Ripley 3,239 $31,522 $112,400
83 Glenville 1,812 $29,917 $82,900
84 Granville 2,326 $32,237 $78,100
85 War 1,044 $28,125 $33,200
86 Belmont 1,031 $40,638 $92,500
87 Fort Ashby 1,501 $30,029 $172,400
88 Addison (Webster Springs) 1,003 $35,417 $63,300
89 Alderson 1,061 $27,042 $98,700
90 Chester 2,581 $35,373 $84,200
91 Montgomery 1,831 $22,039 $84,200
92 Bruno 1,114 $63,272 $85,700
93 Philippi 3,416 $19,957 $96,800
94 Parsons 1,518 $37,667 $69,500
95 Despard 1,166 $32,076 $57,400
96 White Sulphur Springs 2,518 $31,568 $93,000
97 Benwood 1,385 $31,250 $54,200
98 Hinton 2,661 $32,070 $66,000
99 Buffalo 1,300 $40,000 $78,900
100 Logan 1,766 $39,479 $87,200

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