These Are The 10 Richest Cities In West Virginia


We analyzed over 33 places in West Virginia to determine where the 1% live.

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Cheat Lake, Teays Valley, Bridgeport: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in West Virginia. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Mountain State.

Cheat Lake in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $90,781 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 7.7%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in West Virginia share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 33 places in West Virginia with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Mountain State:

  1. Cheat Lake
  2. Teays Valley
  3. Bridgeport (Photos)
  4. Hurricane (Photos)
  5. Brookhaven
  6. Nitro (Photos)
  7. Cross Lanes
  8. South Charleston (Photos)
  9. St. Albans (Photos)
  10. Sissonville

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in West Virginia? That would be Keyser.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In West Virginia

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 33 places with more than 5,000 people in West Virginia, we ranked each place from 1 to 33 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Cheat Lake, crowned the “Richest Place In West Virginia”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 33 places.

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1. Cheat Lake


Population: 9,220
Median Income: $90,781
Poverty Level: 7.7%
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

2. Teays Valley

Teays Valley, West Virginia

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Population: 13,461
Median Income: $70,361
Poverty Level: 10.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

3. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Source: Flickr User Justin August

Population: 8,316
Median Income: $80,240
Poverty Level: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

4. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Dunlapӓ Gun & Pawn Hurricane Wv. Google Maps.

Population: 6,352
Median Income: $57,044
Poverty Level: 7.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

5. Brookhaven

Brookhaven, West Virginia

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Population: 5,412
Median Income: $57,143
Poverty Level: 12.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

6. Nitro

Nitro, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,860
Median Income: $45,353
Poverty Level: 13.6%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

7. Cross Lanes


Population: 11,061
Median Income: $55,538
Poverty Level: 12.6%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

8. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380
Median Income: $44,610
Poverty Level: 12.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

9. St. Albans

St. Albans, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,939
Median Income: $47,134
Poverty Level: 7.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

10. Sissonville


Population: 5,017
Median Income: $45,891
Poverty Level: 14.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In West Virginia

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in West Virginia, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in West Virginia. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in WV, according to data:

Poorest: Keyser
2nd Poorest: Huntington
3rd Poorest: Grafton
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In West Virginia

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Cheat Lake 1 9,220 $90,781 7.7% 2.9%
Teays Valley 2 13,461 $70,361 10.7% 4.4%
Bridgeport 3 8,316 $80,240 3.0% 6.2%
Hurricane 4 6,352 $57,044 7.7% 6.0%
Brookhaven 5 5,412 $57,143 12.8% 4.4%
Nitro 6 6,860 $45,353 13.6% 2.6%
Cross Lanes 7 11,061 $55,538 12.6% 6.1%
South Charleston 8 13,380 $44,610 12.6% 4.0%
St. Albans 9 10,939 $47,134 7.8% 6.5%
Sissonville 10 5,017 $45,891 14.5% 4.8%
Pea Ridge 11 6,321 $52,356 8.7% 7.7%
Vienna 12 10,654 $42,055 9.1% 6.2%
Charles Town 13 5,464 $59,503 12.0% 9.7%
Charleston 14 50,911 $48,959 18.4% 6.6%
Weirton 15 19,523 $39,326 14.9% 6.7%
Bluefield 16 10,465 $35,354 18.9% 4.9%
Fairmont 17 18,746 $36,731 21.8% 5.9%
New Martinsville 18 5,322 $39,028 18.1% 6.8%
Wheeling 19 28,129 $36,085 18.5% 6.1%
Dunbar 20 7,844 $40,823 14.6% 9.4%
Clarksburg 21 16,437 $36,353 17.9% 7.8%
Elkins 22 7,241 $41,087 21.8% 9.9%
Oak Hill 23 8,270 $38,253 22.5% 8.3%
Beckley 24 17,529 $33,616 25.3% 7.9%
Parkersburg 25 31,195 $33,247 22.9% 10.5%
Princeton 26 6,387 $30,523 25.2% 9.1%
Martinsburg 27 17,508 $36,736 26.3% 14.3%
Morgantown 28 30,133 $32,400 43.5% 8.1%
Moundsville 29 8,960 $31,070 23.7% 10.2%
Buckhannon 30 5,646 $28,286 28.6% 8.6%
Grafton 31 5,179 $28,460 22.8% 13.0%
Huntington 32 49,053 $28,673 32.6% 9.0%
Keyser 33 5,350 $23,936 29.5% 18.5%

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