These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In West Virginia

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by Chris Kolmar
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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?

Probably so.

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:

  1. Bridgeport
  2. Hurricane
  3. Nitro
  4. South Charleston
  5. St. Albans
  6. Vienna
  7. Charles Town
  8. Charleston
  9. Weirton
  10. Bluefield

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In West Virginia

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:




1. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,316Median Income: $80,240
Poverty Level: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

2. Hurricane

Hurricane, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,352Median Income: $57,044
Poverty Level: 7.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

3. Nitro

Nitro, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,860Median Income: $45,353
Poverty Level: 13.6%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

4. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380Median Income: $44,610
Poverty Level: 12.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

5. St. Albans

St. Albans, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,939Median Income: $47,134
Poverty Level: 7.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

6. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,654Median Income: $42,055
Poverty Level: 9.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

7. Charles Town

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,464 Median Income: $59,503
Poverty Level: 12.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.7%

8. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,911Median Income: $48,959
Poverty Level: 18.4%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

9. Weirton

Weirton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,523Median Income: $39,326
Poverty Level: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

10. Bluefield

Bluefield, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,465Median Income: $35,354
Poverty Level: 18.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

Measuring Success

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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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In West Virginia

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Bridgeport $80,240 3.0% 6.2%
2 Hurricane $57,044 7.7% 6.0%
3 Nitro $45,353 13.6% 2.6%
4 South Charleston $44,610 12.6% 4.0%
5 St. Albans $47,134 7.8% 6.5%
6 Vienna $42,055 9.1% 6.2%
7 Charles Town $59,503 12.0% 9.7%
8 Charleston $48,959 18.4% 6.6%
9 Weirton $39,326 14.9% 6.7%
10 Bluefield $35,354 18.9% 4.9%
11 Fairmont $36,731 21.8% 5.9%
12 New Martinsville $39,028 18.1% 6.8%
13 Wheeling $36,085 18.5% 6.1%
14 Dunbar $40,823 14.6% 9.4%
15 Clarksburg $36,353 17.9% 7.8%
16 Elkins $41,087 21.8% 9.9%
17 Oak Hill $38,253 22.5% 8.3%
18 Beckley $33,616 25.3% 7.9%
19 Parkersburg $33,247 22.9% 10.5%
20 Princeton $30,523 25.2% 9.1%
21 Martinsburg $36,736 26.3% 14.3%
22 Morgantown $32,400 43.5% 8.1%
23 Moundsville $31,070 23.7% 10.2%
24 Buckhannon $28,286 28.6% 8.6%
25 Grafton $28,460 22.8% 13.0%
26 Huntington $28,673 32.6% 9.0%
27 Keyser $23,936 29.5% 18.5%

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