The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In West Virginia For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in West Virginia have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in West Virginia:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in West Virginia, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Mountain State.

To do that we are going to look at places in West Virginia that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in West Virginia at the moment? That would be Keyser according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in West Virginia for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In West Virginia For 2021

  1. Keyser
  2. Grafton
  3. New Martinsville
  4. Buckhannon
  5. Princeton
  6. Charles Town
  7. Nitro
  8. Hurricane
  9. Elkins
  10. Dunbar

What's the best place to buy a home in West Virginia for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in West Virginia and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in West Virginia.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In West Virginia For 2021

Keyser, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,050
Median Home Price: $99,300
Population Change: -1.3%
Home Price Change: 10.3%
More on Keyser: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grafton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,061
Median Home Price: $78,500
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: 3.4%
More on Grafton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Martinsville, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,162
Median Home Price: $96,000
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: -2.3%
More on New Martinsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Buckhannon, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,486
Median Home Price: $134,500
Population Change: -1.4%
Home Price Change: 5.3%
More on Buckhannon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Princeton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,831
Median Home Price: $93,700
Population Change: -1.3%
Home Price Change: 3.4%
More on Princeton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,943
Median Home Price: $255,600
Population Change: 1.0%
Home Price Change: 7.5%
More on Charles Town: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,997
Median Home Price: $97,900
Population Change: -3.3%
Home Price Change: -1.9%
More on Nitro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hurricane, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,482
Median Home Price: $151,600
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 0.5%
More on Hurricane: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elkins, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,072
Median Home Price: $122,800
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: 9.2%
More on Elkins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,333
Median Home Price: $98,400
Population Change: -1.7%
Home Price Change: 3.4%
More on Dunbar: Homes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in West Virginia for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in West Virginia. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in West Virginia with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for West Virginia with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in West Virginia, only 27 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 27 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Keyser is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Mountain State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In West Virginia for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in West Virginia. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In West Virginia

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Keyser 1 $99,300 -1.3% 10.3%
Grafton 2 $78,500 -0.6% 3.4%
New Martinsville 3 $96,000 -0.5% -2.3%
Buckhannon 4 $134,500 -1.4% 5.3%
Princeton 5 $93,700 -1.3% 3.4%
Charles Town 6 $255,600 1.0% 7.5%
Nitro 7 $97,900 -3.3% -1.9%
Hurricane 8 $151,600 0.1% 0.5%
Elkins 9 $122,800 -0.6% 9.2%
Dunbar 10 $98,400 -1.7% 3.4%
Oak Hill 11 $97,200 -1.4% 2.6%
Moundsville 12 $81,100 -1.9% 0.5%
Bridgeport 13 $222,800 1.1% 1.2%
Bluefield 14 $84,100 -1.3% -0.9%
St. Albans 15 $113,300 -1.6% -1.3%
Vienna 16 $134,900 -0.9% 4.4%
South Charleston 17 $130,700 -1.7% -1.8%
Clarksburg 18 $86,200 -1.7% 0.2%
Beckley 19 $110,000 -1.5% -1.6%
Martinsburg 20 $157,200 -0.1% 4.5%
Fairmont 21 $110,900 -0.3% 1.8%
Weirton 22 $94,800 -1.2% -0.1%
Wheeling 23 $110,100 -0.5% 2.2%
Parkersburg 24 $91,100 -1.0% 1.3%
Morgantown 25 $210,300 0.6% 6.1%
Huntington 26 $98,200 -1.6% 1.1%
Charleston 27 $145,800 -1.5% 0.3%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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