Richest Cities In West Virginia For 2020


We analyzed 27 places in West Virginia to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in West Virginia.

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Bridgeport, Vienna, Hurricane: 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.

Bridgeport in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $80,666 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.10336164612992%.

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.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 27 places in West Virginia with more than 5,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in West Virginia.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about West Virginia:

The 10 Richest Cities In West Virginia For 2020

Bridgeport, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,466
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,666
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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Bridgeport is a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 8,149 at the 2010 census.

Vienna, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,446
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $53,776
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hurricane, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,477
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $55,266
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 12.0%
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Hurricane is a city in Putnam County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 6,284 at the 2010 census.

South Charleston, WV

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,686
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $52,038
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 14.7%
More on South Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,201
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $43,539
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 14.0%
More on Nitro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,462
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $42,411
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
More on Dunbar: Real Estate | Data

Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.

Weirton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,894
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $48,775
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 13.7%
More on Weirton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Weirton is a city in Brooke and Hancock counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located primarily in Hancock County, the city lies in the northern portions of the state's Northern Panhandle region. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 19,746. It is a principal city within the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 124,454 residents, and by extension part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.

Wheeling, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,190
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $42,489
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 15.1%
More on Wheeling: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located almost entirely in Ohio County, of which it is the county seat, it lies along the Ohio River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Wheeling was originally a settlement in the British colony of Virginia and later an important city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wheeling was the first state capital of West Virginia. Due to its location along major transportation routes, including the Ohio River, National Road, and the B&O Railroad, Wheeling became a manufacturing center in the late nineteenth century. After experiencing the closing of factories and substantial population loss following World War II, Wheeling's major industries now include healthcare, education, law and legal services, entertainment and tourism, and energy.

Review Of Wheeling by HomeSnacks User

Wheeling is a relatively safe, small town located in a tri-state area of the Ohio Valley within 60 minutes of Pittsburgh, PA with the nearest international airport.

The waterfront of downtown can also be lively in the summer with various music events. The Center Market area is a cute, trendy spot with a local brewery, a wine bar, a hair salon, a coffee shop, a creperie and some antiques shops. Don't miss Ogelbay Park, a wonderful resort with upscale dining, golf, tennis, and more and the Festival of Lights at Christmas.

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,885
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $72,329
Unemployment Rate: 8.9%
Poverty Rate: 15.2%
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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.

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,734
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $41,701
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 20.6%
More on Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

Review Of Charleston by HomeSnacks User

There are positives and negatives about the city. It can be beautiful in the good places, and it is exceptional in uniqueness and even the dining options.

The city is home to the cultural shenanigans of the state.

How We Determined The Richest Places In West Virginia For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In West Virginia
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe 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 newly released 2014-2018 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 27 places with more than 5,000 people in West Virginia, we ranked each place from 1 to 27 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, Bridgeport, crowned the "Richest City In West Virginia For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 27 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In West Virginia For 2020

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 West Virginia, according to data:

Poorest: Grafton
2nd Poorest: Keyser
3rd Poorest: Huntington

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In West Virginia

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Bridgeport 1.0 $80,666
2 Vienna 2.67 $53,776
3 Hurricane 3.33 $55,266
4 South Charleston 6.0 $52,038
5 Nitro 6.33 $43,539
6 Dunbar 6.67 $42,411
7 Weirton 7.33 $48,775
8 Wheeling 8.67 $42,489
9 Charles Town 11.0 $72,329
10 Charleston 11.0 $41,701
11 St. Albans 12.67 $49,554
12 Clarksburg 13.67 $44,187
13 Beckley 14.0 $40,505
14 New Martinsville 15.0 $43,209
15 Fairmont 15.33 $41,904
16 Buckhannon 15.67 $38,824
17 Elkins 16.33 $35,313
18 Bluefield 17.67 $34,283
19 Parkersburg 18.33 $36,010
20 Princeton 19.0 $39,826
21 Moundsville 20.0 $31,803
22 Oak Hill 20.67 $37,567
23 Martinsburg 21.33 $41,649
24 Morgantown 22.0 $41,071
25 Huntington 22.67 $30,362
26 Keyser 24.67 $34,500
27 Grafton 25.0 $33,012

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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