These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In West Virginia For 2019


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 2019:

  1. Bethany (Homes)
  2. Pinch (Homes)
  3. Bethlehem (Homes)
  4. Glen Dale (Homes)
  5. Barrackville (Homes)
  6. Mineralwells (Homes)
  7. Winfield (Photos | Homes)
  8. Falling Waters (Homes)
  9. Barboursville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Williamstown (Photos | Homes)

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.

For more reading on the Mountain State check out:

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 – 118 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 118, 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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,008
Median Income: $62,857 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $121,700 (30th Best)
More on Bethany: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,697
Median Income: $68,182 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,000 (8th Best)
More on Pinch: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,459
Median Income: $70,288 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,100 (19th Best)
More on Bethlehem: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,459
Median Income: $52,625 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $139,800 (20th Best)
More on Glen Dale: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,280
Median Income: $58,631 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $134,600 (25th Best)
More on Barrackville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,437
Median Income: $70,318 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $125,000 (28th Best)
More on Mineralwells: Data | Homes For Sale

Winfield, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,332
Median Income: $59,844 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,900 (6th Best)
More on Winfield: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,418
Median Income: $78,681 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $143,800 (15th Best)
More on Falling Waters: Data | Homes For Sale

Barboursville, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,186
Median Income: $38,629 (63rd Best)
Median Home Value: $139,300 (21st Best)
More on Barboursville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Williamstown, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,928
Median Income: $56,750 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,800 (22nd Best)
More on Williamstown: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,589
Median Income: $59,781 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $143,300 (16th Best)
More on Boaz: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,246
Median Income: $59,722 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,000 (5th Best)
More on Bolivar: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,923
Median Income: $39,448 (60th Best)
Median Home Value: $215,400 (2nd Best)
More on Lewisburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,256
Median Income: $45,000 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $156,900 (10th Best)
More on Star City: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,175
Median Income: $51,492 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $142,100 (17th Best)
More on Pleasant Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,304
Median Income: $55,539 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $136,400 (23rd Best)
More on Cassville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,154
Median Income: $42,175 (50th Best)
Median Home Value: $141,700 (18th Best)
More on Westover: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,256
Median Income: $63,276 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $118,000 (34th Best)
More on Culloden: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 1,211
Median Income: $66,000 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $119,500 (33rd Best)
More on Tornado: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,520
Median Income: $49,219 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $96,900 (56th Best)
More on Nutter Fort: 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. Pennsboro
  2. Gilbert Creek
  3. Mount Hope

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In West Virginia

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Bethany 1,008 $62,857.0 $121,700.0
2 Pinch 2,697 $68,182.0 $162,000.0
3 Bethlehem 2,459 $70,288.0 $140,100.0
4 Glen Dale 1,459 $52,625.0 $139,800.0
5 Barrackville 1,280 $58,631.0 $134,600.0
6 Mineralwells 1,437 $70,318.0 $125,000.0
7 Winfield 2,332 $59,844.0 $165,900.0
8 Falling Waters 1,418 $78,681.0 $143,800.0
9 Barboursville 4,186 $38,629.0 $139,300.0
10 Williamstown 2,928 $56,750.0 $136,800.0
11 Boaz 1,589 $59,781.0 $143,300.0
12 Bolivar 1,246 $59,722.0 $175,000.0
13 Lewisburg 3,923 $39,448.0 $215,400.0
14 Star City 2,256 $45,000.0 $156,900.0
15 Pleasant Valley 3,175 $51,492.0 $142,100.0
16 Cassville 1,304 $55,539.0 $136,400.0
17 Westover 4,154 $42,175.0 $141,700.0
18 Culloden 3,256 $63,276.0 $118,000.0
19 Tornado 1,211 $66,000.0 $119,500.0
20 Nutter Fort 1,520 $49,219.0 $96,900.0
21 Shady Spring 3,584 $60,640.0 $185,300.0
22 Eleanor 1,559 $55,648.0 $148,900.0
23 Lavalette 1,215 $53,388.0 $74,200.0
24 Athens 1,105 $42,656.0 $120,500.0
25 Lubeck 1,352 $58,194.0 $114,800.0
26 Kingwood 2,942 $47,337.0 $127,800.0
27 Belle 1,185 $44,191.0 $105,800.0
28 Ceredo 1,467 $55,179.0 $100,000.0
29 Blennerhassett 3,335 $55,804.0 $135,200.0
30 Shepherd 1,573 $40,417.0 $350,000.0
31 St. Marys 1,839 $47,941.0 $107,200.0
32 Fayetteville 2,844 $41,154.0 $150,500.0
33 Lesage 1,090 $41,549.0 $116,400.0
34 West Liberty 1,714 $50,000.0 $106,700.0
35 Harrisville 2,324 $37,286.0 $87,000.0
36 Ravenswood 3,796 $38,239.0 $100,500.0
37 Shinnston 2,698 $55,750.0 $105,000.0
38 Sissonville 4,617 $51,098.0 $105,400.0
39 Follansbee 2,856 $50,655.0 $92,600.0
40 Wellsburg 2,669 $37,396.0 $82,300.0
41 Hooverson Heights 2,578 $60,171.0 $77,700.0
42 Crab Orchard 2,102 $41,875.0 $96,500.0
43 Mabscott 1,405 $54,907.0 $157,000.0
44 Shannondale 3,514 $72,143.0 $177,400.0
45 Coal Fork 1,092 $46,595.0 $89,400.0
46 Inwood 2,999 $58,368.0 $162,400.0
47 Alum Creek 1,767 $36,673.0 $148,100.0
48 Ronceverte 1,808 $43,918.0 $97,300.0
49 Elkview 1,694 $56,167.0 $84,100.0
50 Petersburg 2,495 $36,823.0 $120,100.0
51 Milton 2,599 $38,299.0 $124,100.0
52 Rivesville 1,150 $43,125.0 $104,000.0
53 Summersville 3,433 $34,417.0 $114,500.0
54 Kenova 3,083 $34,131.0 $74,300.0
55 Prosperity 1,409 $40,291.0 $91,800.0
56 Madison 2,896 $42,245.0 $125,900.0
57 Mannington 1,822 $50,078.0 $73,400.0
58 Stonewood 1,833 $45,536.0 $87,700.0
59 Monongah 1,131 $44,196.0 $68,100.0
60 Hamlin 1,619 $33,571.0 $85,200.0
61 Fort Ashby 1,449 $53,056.0 $153,200.0
62 Bradley 1,801 $34,789.0 $114,000.0
63 Mullens 1,675 $44,485.0 $65,400.0
64 Sutton 1,254 $39,808.0 $72,200.0
65 Paden City 2,853 $43,933.0 $84,200.0
66 Chapmanville 1,283 $34,167.0 $108,500.0
67 Romney 2,218 $27,206.0 $104,600.0
68 Mcmechen 1,772 $36,349.0 $70,900.0
69 Belmont 1,119 $40,156.0 $98,000.0
70 Moorefield 3,174 $31,862.0 $94,900.0
71 Mallory 1,142 $37,039.0 $105,300.0
72 Clendenin 1,050 $40,772.0 $68,900.0
73 Point Pleasant 4,218 $31,122.0 $80,800.0
74 Piney View 1,175 $42,656.0 $103,200.0
75 White Sulphur Springs 2,667 $31,968.0 $103,600.0
76 Spencer 1,994 $25,337.0 $76,000.0
77 Alderson 1,264 $27,407.0 $94,700.0
78 Ripley 3,220 $29,181.0 $116,800.0
79 Philippi 3,407 $22,225.0 $90,700.0
80 Chesapeake 1,820 $36,736.0 $69,100.0
81 Salem 1,625 $39,450.0 $59,900.0
82 Parsons 1,546 $33,864.0 $69,000.0
83 Logan 1,662 $43,672.0 $98,300.0
84 Chester 2,713 $39,375.0 $77,100.0
85 Craigsville 1,784 $38,438.0 $66,100.0
86 Sistersville 1,535 $32,386.0 $72,600.0
87 Ansted 1,472 $36,815.0 $75,800.0
88 Glenville 1,906 $22,788.0 $83,200.0
89 Granville 2,538 $38,977.0 $75,600.0
90 Weston 4,040 $34,592.0 $73,800.0
91 Coal City 1,823 $38,517.0 $85,300.0
92 Buffalo 1,273 $45,000.0 $78,100.0
93 Montgomery 1,664 $19,786.0 $81,200.0
94 Hinton 2,713 $31,075.0 $66,700.0
95 Williamson 2,944 $23,652.0 $72,700.0
96 Marmet 1,381 $36,750.0 $88,300.0
97 Belington 2,031 $30,000.0 $83,100.0
98 Benwood 1,367 $30,455.0 $57,300.0
99 Welch 3,217 $30,625.0 $54,500.0
100 Bluewell 2,378 $34,972.0 $81,900.0

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