These Are The 10 Safest Cities In West Virginia For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in West Virginia where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of West Virginia, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Grafton.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Mountain State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 21 cities in West Virginia with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in West Virginia for 2019:

  1. Grafton (Photos | Homes)
  2. Charles Town (Photos | Homes)
  3. Weirton (Photos | Homes)
  4. Morgantown (Photos | Homes)
  5. Oak Hill (Photos | Homes)
  6. Nitro (Photos | Homes)
  7. Fairmont (Photos | Homes)
  8. Buckhannon (Photos | Homes)
  9. Vienna (Photos | Homes)
  10. Bridgeport (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live and West Virginia, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in West Virginia

Safest Cities in West Virginia Graph

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in West Virginia.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
10 Best Places To Live In West Virginia

For example, there were a total of 8 crimes committed in Grafton which had a reported population of 5,121. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0016 which translates into a 1 in 640 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 21 of the biggest cities in West Virginia to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 21 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In West Virginia".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Grafton. The most dangerous city in West Virginia? Charleston, where residents had a 1 in 11 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

Grafton, WV
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 5,121
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 156 (1st safest)
More on Grafton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Charles Town, WV
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 6,062
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,286 (3rd safest)
More on Charles Town: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Weirton, WV
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 18,870
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 996 (2nd safest)
More on Weirton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Morgantown, WV
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 31,215
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 265 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,537 (4th safest)
More on Morgantown: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Oak Hill, WV
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 8,490
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 176 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,485 (8th safest)
More on Oak Hill: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Nitro, WV
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 6,645
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 210 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,603 (9th safest)
More on Nitro: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fairmont, WV
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 18,604
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 301 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,988 (5th safest)
More on Fairmont: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Buckhannon, WV
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,610
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,224 (15th safest)
More on Buckhannon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Vienna, WV
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 10,409
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,381 (13th safest)
More on Vienna: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bridgeport, WV
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 8,401
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 285 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,190 (12th safest)
More on Bridgeport: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Mountain State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Grafton is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most West Virginia residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in West Virginia according to the data:

  1. Charleston
  2. Beckley
  3. Parkersburg
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List Of Safest Cities In West Virginia For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Grafton, WV 5,121 0 156
2 Charles Town, WV 6,062 65 1,286
3 Weirton, WV 18,870 111 996
4 Morgantown, WV 31,215 265 1,537
5 Oak Hill, WV 8,490 176 2,485
6 Nitro, WV 6,645 210 2,603
7 Fairmont, WV 18,604 301 1,988
8 Buckhannon, WV 5,610 53 4,224
9 Vienna, WV 10,409 211 3,381
10 Bridgeport, WV 8,401 285 3,190
11 Moundsville, WV 8,691 299 2,922
12 Dunbar, WV 7,486 467 2,845
13 Bluefield, WV 10,148 1,192 2,089
14 Princeton, WV 5,935 438 3,521
15 Wheeling, WV 27,196 1,220 2,147
16 Martinsburg, WV 17,761 472 4,526
17 Huntington, WV 47,933 892 4,343
18 South Charleston, WV 12,756 572 5,409
19 Parkersburg, WV 30,475 725 4,695
20 Beckley, WV 16,862 693 5,966
21 Charleston, WV 48,788 1,172 7,206

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