We looked at the data to determine where the best of the best are living in West Virginia.
What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?
Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?
But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in West Virginia. And here they are:
If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.
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The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?
Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
Population: 8,316Median Income: $80,240
Poverty Level: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Population: 6,352Median Income: $57,044
Poverty Level: 7.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Population: 6,860Median Income: $45,353
Poverty Level: 13.6%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Population: 13,380Median Income: $44,610
Poverty Level: 12.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Population: 10,939Median Income: $47,134
Poverty Level: 7.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Population: 10,654Median Income: $42,055
Poverty Level: 9.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Population: 5,464 Median Income: $59,503
Poverty Level: 12.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.7%
Population: 50,911Median Income: $48,959
Poverty Level: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Population: 19,523Median Income: $39,326
Poverty Level: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Population: 10,465Median Income: $35,354
Poverty Level: 18.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.
But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Bridgeport and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.
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