These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In West Virginia For 2019


We used data and science to determine the places in West Virginia everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the 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 Keyser, 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in West Virginia for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

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

If you’re surprised–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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in West Virginia or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more West Virginia state reading:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Mountain State for 2019

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in West Virginia with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in West Virginia Graph For 2019

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Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,766
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,074
Percent Growth 13.6%
Absolute Growth: 692
More on Charles Town: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Charles Town, officially the City of Charles Town, is a city in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and is also the county seat. The population was 5,259 at the 2010 United States Census.

Oak Hill, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,565
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,659
Percent Growth 11.8%
Absolute Growth: 906
More on Oak Hill: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Oak Hill is a city in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States and is the primary city within the Oak Hill, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area. The micropolitan area is also included in the Beckley-Oak Hill, WV Combined Statistical Area. The population was 7,730 at the 2010 census. Country singer Hank Williams was discovered to be dead while the car in which he was a passenger was stopped in Oak Hill, and Oak Hill is generally accepted to be his place of death.

Bridgeport, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,382
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,978
Percent Growth 5.1%
Absolute Growth: 404
More on Bridgeport: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Bridgeport is a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 8,149 at the 2010 census.

Morgantown, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,099
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,076
Percent Growth 3.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,023
More on Morgantown: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Morgantown is a city in and the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia, situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. With a permanent population of 31,073 per the 2015 U.S. Census estimates, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. The Morgantown metropolitan area has a population of 138,176, and is the 3rd largest in West Virginia. West Virginia University adds several thousand seasonal residents to the city and surrounding area from September through May. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University and the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system.

Hurricane, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,450
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,264
Percent Growth 3.0%
Absolute Growth: 186
More on Hurricane: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hurricane is a city in Putnam County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 6,284 at the 2010 census.

Martinsburg, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,451
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 17,133
Percent Growth 1.9%
Absolute Growth: 318
More on Martinsburg: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Martinsburg is a city in and the county seat of Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States, in the tip of the state’s Eastern Panhandle region. Its population was 17,687 in the 2016 census estimate, making it the largest city in the Eastern Panhandle and the ninth-largest municipality in the state. Martinsburg is part of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Elkins, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,154
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,144
Percent Growth 0.1%
Absolute Growth: 10
More on Elkins: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins, a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. The population was 7,094 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Randolph County. Elkins is home to Davis and Elkins College and to the Mountain State Forest Festival, held in early October every year.

Buckhannon, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,596
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,628
Percent Growth -0.6%
Absolute Growth: -32
More on Buckhannon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Buckhannon is the only incorporated city in, and the county seat of, Upshur County, West Virginia, United States, and is located along the Buckhannon River. The population was 5,639 at the 2010 census. Buckhannon is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, held annually on the third week of May. The city is located 115 miles northeast from the capital city of Charleston and 140 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fairmont, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,575
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 18,865
Percent Growth -1.5%
Absolute Growth: -290
More on Fairmont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Fairmont is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 18,704 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Marion County.

Vienna, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,547
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 10,724
Percent Growth -1.7%
Absolute Growth: -177
More on Vienna: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

These Places Grew Up So Fast In West Virginia, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in West Virginia are led by Charles Town which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Nitro
  2. Moundsville
  3. Princeton

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In West Virginia For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Charles Town 13.6% 5,766 5,074
2 Oak Hill 11.8% 8,565 7,659
3 Bridgeport 5.1% 8,382 7,978
4 Morgantown 3.5% 30,099 29,076
5 Hurricane 3.0% 6,450 6,264
6 Martinsburg 1.9% 17,451 17,133
7 Elkins 0.1% 7,154 7,144
8 Buckhannon -0.6% 5,596 5,628
9 Fairmont -1.5% 18,575 18,865
10 Vienna -1.7% 10,547 10,724

About Chris Kolmar

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