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The Best Places to Live in West Virginia in 2019

The Mountain State is renowned for its beautiful scenery and affordable real estate. We’ve looked at the data from median home value, to the public school system, and prepared this list of the five best places to live in West Virginia.
The Mountain State is renowned for its beautiful scenery and affordable real estate. We’ve looked at the data from median home value, to the public school system, and prepared this list of the five best places to live in West Virginia.

Known as the Mountain State, because the entire state is located in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia has views to die for and mountains and trees as far as the eye can see. A true hikers dream, one amazing fact about West Virginia is that the state is three-quarters forested.

With breathtaking scenery­ and a low cost of living, West Virginia is a paradise for the outdoorsy type. If you want an affordable home in a gorgeous setting, the country road may just take you home!

We've looked at the facts and data and compiled a list of the best places to live in West Virginia, to help you decide where you should lay down roots.

Star City

Star City is a small town located in the Northern part of the state and was voted the best place to live in West Virginia in 2019 by Niche. It has a population of 2,256 with a median age of 34, and the median household income in Star City is $45,000, which is just above the West Virginia median household income.

If you're looking for affordable housing in West Virginia, Star City could be the perfect place for you, with the median home value at a very reasonable $166,800 according to Zillow (data from July 2019) — But start your home search soon, because Zillow predicts a rise of 6% in home values over the next year alone.

One of the biggest draws of Star City is the excellent quality of life afforded to residents. With many restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and recreational areas to enjoy, Star City also has highly rated public schools and a low crime rate, making it popular with families.

Bethany

Voted the best place to live in West Virginia by HomeSnacks, Bethany is a city located in the north of the state and is approximately an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.

A pedestrian-friendly town, Bethany's Main Street is home to Chambers, a historic grocery and hardware store, and also has plenty of benches and public picnic tables along the high street for residents to enjoy.

Bethany's median household income is $62,857, and the median home value is $121,700, making it an affordable area to live. The town is also home to Bethany College, which was ranked the Best College in West Virginia when it comes to finding employment.

Hurricane

Don't let the name put you off, because Hurricane is a beautiful place to live in West Virginia. With a median household income of $55,000 and a median home value of $181,200, Hurricane is affordable.

According to Zillow, the housing market in Hurricane is very hot, so to increase your chances of getting a great deal, you must work with an experienced local agent.

The largest employment sector in Hurricane is Health Care & Social Assistance, but if you're in the wholesale trade business you're in luck, as this is Hurricane's highest paying industry earning employees an average of $151,131.

According to Niche, Hurricanes public school system ranks among the top 20 in West Virginia, making it popular with families and young professionals.

Bridgeport

Bridgeport is a city located in Harrison County and originally earned its name from a cartographer's mistake! If you're a golfer, you will love Bridgeport's Pete Dye Golf Club, which was rated the number one golf course in West Virginia.

With a median home value of $189,800 and a median household income of $82,359, Bridgeports real estate is affordable, and homeownership is high.

According to Niche.com, Bridgeport ranks as the second-best place to retire in West Virginia and also has an A-rated public school system making it suitable for families.

Morgantown

Morgantown is located along the Monongahela River and is home to the West Virginia University, a public land-grant, space-grant and research-intensive university.

Home to several historical buildings such as the Old Stone House, which was built in 1795 by Jacob Nuce on Long Alley, Morgantown has a long and storied history that dates back to the 18th century.

With a median home value of $189,100, Morgantown is currently a hot seller's market, according to Zillow. The median household income in Morgantown has increased by 6.75% in the past year alone to $37,900, indicating a strong local economy. Morgantown also has highly rated public schools, making it popular with families.

Buying a home can be stressful, but by working with one of our Clever Partner Agents, it doesn’t have to be. Clever Partner Agents are local experienced agents ready to help you find your dream home in West Virginia.

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Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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