The Title Of Most Rural County In West Virginia Appears To Be A 13-Way Tie

In wild and wonderful West Virginia, there is a huge diversity of attractions – from waterfalls to caverns, hikes to history. But there’s one thing West Virginia lacks: urban sprawl. According to the 2010 US Census, there are thirteen counties in West Virginia that are 100% rural. That means they contain no urban areas (concentrated areas in which more than 2,500 people reside). Only two states – Maine and Vermont – have greater rural populations than West Virginia. 

While urbanites might sneer at this record, we love it. These thirteen counties (listed together at the end of this article) exhibit the huge variety of West Virginia’s natural and man-made treasures that no metro area will ever match. Together, these counties hold some of the state’s (and the country’s) greatest treasures.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

… and of course, much more that we’ve missed.

Here are the thirteen 100% rural counties of West Virginia (several other counties were 99% rural, so if you expected to see them on this list but don’t, that’s probably why): Morgan, Lincoln, Hampshire, Braxton, Doddridge, Calhoun, Clay, Wirt, Ritchie, Tucker, Webster, Pendleton, Pocahontas. Each of them deserves a visit! Which ones have you been through?

Address: Morgan County, WV, USA
Address: Lincoln County, WV, USA
Address: Hampshire County, WV, USA
Address: Braxton County, WV, USA
Address: Doddridge County, WV, USA
Address: Calhoun County, WV, USA
Address: Clay County, WV, USA
Address: Wirt County, WV, USA
Address: Ritchie County, WV, USA
Address: Tucker County, WV, USA
Address: Webster County, WV, USA
Address: Pendleton County, WV, USA
Address: Pocahontas County, WV, USA