West Virginia January 09, 2016
Here Are The 8 Best Cities In West Virginia To Raise A Family
Looking for a great place to settle down and raise children? Luckily, in West Virginia there are several great places to do that.
Niche.com recently ranked these West Virginia cities as the best places in the state to raise a family. They looked at several factors including age demographics, school ratings, crime rates, and access to affordable housing and child care.
Here are the 8 best towns in West Virginia to raise a family:
Martinsburg, the county seat of Berkeley County, had a population of 17,227 at the 2010 census. It's home to about 4,000 families. The town has low home costs and average renting costs, according to niche. Residents there have average income levels and education levels. It does, however, have a high unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, according to the website. One resident had this to say about the town: "Still fairly new to the area and checking things out. The area is peaceful and from time to time I see kids playing in the neighborhood."
Bluefield in Mercer County has about 10,500 people. It's got low home values and rent costs. Residents generally have average education levels and low incomes, according to niche. Here's what one resident said "It's a good place to live if you are interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting and other nature related activities but if you like the city life and shopping or partying it is not idealistic."
Grafton in Taylor County has around 5,000 residents. The city has low housing costs and average unemployment levels. Residents have low income and educational levels, though. One resident said the job market there wasn't that good but that they generally felt safe there.
Parkersburg, Wood County's county seat, has 31,357. The city has low housing costs and average unemployment levels. One resident described Parkersburg this way: "For the most part the area is friendly and safe place to live. The area has a lot of natural beauty."
The city of Morgantown in Monongalia County has about 30,000 people. It's home to West Virginia University which means there are always sports and other events going on. According to niche, Morgantown has average home values, low rent costs and low unemployment levels. Its residents have high education levels and very low incomes, according to niche. One resident said this: "Morgantown is a college town and the businesses here thrive on the students. I love the town I live in because everyone here is always kind and willing to help each other out."
3. Charles Town
Charles Town, which is the county seat of Jefferson, had about 5,000 residents at the 2010 census. It has average home values, renting costs and unemployment levels, according to niche. Residents generally have high education levels and average incomes.
Vienna (the second town from Wood County to make the list, in cause you didn't notice) has 10,697 according to the 2010 census. It has low home values, rent costs and unemployment levels. Residents generally have average education and income levels. One resident had this to say about the town: "Really enjoy the weather and green landscapes. Most people are nice, however there are a lot of homeless people."
Bridgeport in Harrison County has a little more than 8000 people and is the best town in West Virginia to raise a family, according to niche. There are low unemployment rates and average home values and rent costs. Residents generally have high education and income levels, according to niche. One resident said this: "I feel safe in the neighborhood that surrounds the complex. Besides the shopping center that I can walk to I have to drive everywhere else and wish there was more in the way of public transportation."
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What do you think of these town? Do you agree that they’re the best places to raise a family?