West Virginia is a great place to live; this mountainous state is filled with great views and much to see and do. And since the cost of living is not very high, affordable homes are easy to find. Here are some of the best places to find them.
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This small town overlooks the Potomac river. Steeped in history, this charming town has sat here since its founding in 1762. With a median income of $31,500, this peaceful little town has everything you could want.
Aside from being the seat of West Virginia University, Morgantown also has the PRT, a state-of-the-art transit system unique in all the world. This city has great shops and has the laid back feeling of a small town, despite its population of 30,000. The median home value is $172,000, with an average household income of $34,000.
Nestled high up in the state's northern panhandle, Wheeling has an average monthly rent of less than $600, with homes typically valued at an average of $139,000. Additionally, the city has 37 schools to choose from, and a wide variety of restaurants and unique shops.
This town, with its biblical name, has a population of fewer than 3,000 residents. Its six schools are all rated A, and the relatively crime-free rating grants the town a rating of B (A being the safest). Most homes can be found for less than $300,000.
5. Teays Valley
This city has an average income of $70,000, and 80 percent of its 13,000 residents own their own home. This affluent community has become a popular place for working families and retirees.
This historic town has a population of about 3,900 people, fairly average for many towns in the state. This working class town has a median income of almost $50,000. It is common to have a conversation on the street with someone you have never met and be greeted with a smile wherever you go. The city is also very close to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
7. Charles Town
Charles Town is practically in Washington D.C.'s backyard. With a median home value of about $200,000, this town is bit more upscale, with an average income of $59,500. there are plenty of schools in this area, not to mention a great selection of shops, restaurants, theaters and even a racetrack and casino.
This very affordable town sits right across the river from Morgantown. It has a population of 4,500, an average rent of $700, and a median home value of $137,000. The crime rates there are low and the town has a big city feel, like Morgantown, while not being very big at all.
Like Teays Valley, 80 percent of Bridgeport residents own their own home. This town has a population of nearly 9,000, but despite those numbers, crime is very low. Bridgeport prides itself not only on its friendly atmosphere, but also the many businesses and entertainment venues residents have to choose from.
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