Safest Places to Live in West Virginia 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

West Virginia is located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. You might wonder why this is considered as the south, and you are right. Geographically speaking, it is not the south of the US. Rather, this division was made according to the fact that the states in the Southern US were members of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

West Virginia borders its older sister Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. With over 1.8 million residents, it is the 38th most populous state in the US. The capital and the largest city is Charleston, which has approximately 50,000 residents.

West Virginia is a unique state because it was separated from Virginia during the Civil War. It became a state in 1861 and was a key border state during the Civil War. West Virginia is known for its mountains and rolling hills, logging, coal mining industries, political and labor history, caving, scientific research, skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hunting.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 3,000 were not included in the list.

20 Safest Places in West Virginia 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Weirton 18542 9 0,49
2 Barboursville 4 256 3 0,70
3 Buckhannon 5 516 4 0,73
4 Lewisburg 3 917 3 0,77
5 Point Pleasant 4 126 4 0,97
6 Bridgeport 8708 9 1,03
7 Summersville 3 332 4 1,20
8 Oak Hill 8264 13 1,57
9 Charles Town 6 060 10 1,65
10 St. Albans 10161 19 1,87
11 Moundsville 8417 17 2,02
12 Vienna 10306 23 2,23
13 Morgantown 30855 82 2,66
14 Weston 3 953 11 2,78
15 Ranson 5 292 15 2,83
16 Martinsburg 17428 55 3,16
17 Fairmont 18430 63 3,42
18 South Charleston 12357 47 3,80
19 Nitro 6 509 25 3,84
20 Ravenswood 3 720 16 4,30

Crime Score in All Cities in West Virginia 2021

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of West Virginia cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • Over 10,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Mason 941 0 0,00
2 Mount Hope 1297 0 0,00
3 Madison 2764 0 0,00
4 Wellsburg 2560 1 0,39
5 Hinton 2417 1 0,41
6 Ceredo 1339 1 0,75
7 Shepherdstown 1757 2 1,14
8 Marmet 1397 2 1,43
9 Kenova 2979 6 2,01
10 Alderson 1151 3 2,61
11 Glen Dale 1398 6 4,29
12 Williamson 2745 16 5,83
13 Moorefield 2417 20 8,27

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Barboursville 4256 3 0,70
2 Buckhannon 5516 4 0,73
3 Lewisburg 3917 3 0,77
4 Point Pleasant 4126 4 0,97
5 Bridgeport 8708 9 1,03
6 Summersville 3332 4 1,20
7 Oak Hill 8264 13 1,57
8 Charles Town 6060 10 1,65
9 Moundsville 8417 17 2,02
10 Weston 3953 11 2,78
11 Ranson 5292 15 2,83
12 Nitro 6509 25 3,84
13 Ravenswood 3720 16 4,30
14 Dunbar 7262 44 6,06
15 Bluefield 9789 92 9,40

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Weirton 18 542 9 0,49
2 St. Albans 10 161 19 1,87
3 Vienna 10 306 23 2,23
4 Morgantown 30 855 82 2,66
5 Martinsburg 17 428 55 3,16
6 Fairmont 18 430 63 3,42
7 South Charleston 12 357 47 3,80
8 Charleston 47 470 331 6,97
9 Wheeling 26 855 229 8,53
10 Beckley 16 234 147 9,06

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

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