These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In West Virginia


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Charleston and Huntington, while others want peace and quiet like in Grafton and New Martinsville, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in West Virginia have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Mountain State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Oak Hill
  2. Charles Town
  3. Bridgeport
  4. Morgantown
  5. Martinsburg
  6. Hurricane
  7. Elkins
  8. Keyser
  9. Buckhannon
  10. Princeton

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in West Virginia are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Mountain State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 27 West Virginia cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Mountain State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Oak Hill

Oak Hill, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,270
Population 2010: 7,659
Growth Rate: 7.98%
Absolute Growth: 611

2. Charles Town

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,464
Population 2010: 5,074
Growth Rate: 7.69%
Absolute Growth: 390

3. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,316
Population 2010: 7,978
Growth Rate: 4.24%
Absolute Growth: 338

4. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,133
Population 2010: 29,076
Growth Rate: 3.64%
Absolute Growth: 1,057

5. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,508
Population 2010: 17,133
Growth Rate: 2.19%
Absolute Growth: 375

6. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,352
Population 2010: 6,264
Growth Rate: 1.4%
Absolute Growth: 88

7. Elkins

Elkins, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,241
Population 2010: 7,144
Growth Rate: 1.36%
Absolute Growth: 97

8. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
Population 2010: 5,311
Growth Rate: 0.73%
Absolute Growth: 39

9. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,646
Population 2010: 5,628
Growth Rate: 0.32%
Absolute Growth: 18

10. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,387
Population 2010: 6,370
Growth Rate: 0.27%
Absolute Growth: 17

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in West Virginia are led by Oak Hill which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In West Virginia

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Oak Hill 1 8,270 7,659 611 8.0%
Charles Town 2 5,464 5,074 390 7.7%
Bridgeport 3 8,316 7,978 338 4.2%
Morgantown 4 30,133 29,076 1,057 3.6%
Martinsburg 5 17,508 17,133 375 2.2%
Hurricane 6 6,352 6,264 88 1.4%
Elkins 7 7,241 7,144 97 1.4%
Keyser 8 5,350 5,311 39 0.7%
Buckhannon 9 5,646 5,628 18 0.3%
Princeton 10 6,387 6,370 17 0.3%
Beckley 11 17,529 17,503 26 0.1%
South Charleston 12 13,380 13,390 -10 -0.1%
Dunbar 13 7,844 7,866 -22 -0.3%
Huntington 14 49,053 49,228 -175 -0.4%
Fairmont 15 18,746 18,865 -119 -0.6%
Grafton 16 5,179 5,212 -33 -0.6%
Clarksburg 17 16,437 16,542 -105 -0.6%
Vienna 18 10,654 10,724 -70 -0.7%
Bluefield 19 10,465 10,538 -73 -0.7%
Charleston 20 50,911 51,432 -521 -1.0%
Weirton 21 19,523 19,753 -230 -1.2%
St. Albans 22 10,939 11,071 -132 -1.2%
Parkersburg 23 31,195 31,742 -547 -1.7%
New Martinsville 24 5,322 5,418 -96 -1.8%
Wheeling 25 28,129 28,861 -732 -2.5%
Nitro 26 6,860 7,083 -223 -3.1%
Moundsville 27 8,960 9,403 -443 -4.7%

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