Is being in an area of West Virginia that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask.
But today, we’re going to put opinions aside and look at the cold, hard facts — since 2010, which cities in West Virginia have grown the fastest.
After getting knee-deep in the Census’s American Community Survey using Saturday Night Science, we emerged with this set of cities in the Mountain State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
What’s the fastest growing city in West Virginia for 2023? Based on the most recent ACS data, Charles Town ranks as the fastest-growing city in West Virginia. If you happen to be a resident of Charles Town, you’re probably not surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised — and you’re wondering why these places are a big deal — keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in West Virginia grow like weeds.
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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In West Virginia For 2023
Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Mountain State for 2023
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we used Saturday Night Science to look at the growth rates for cities since the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Current Population
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2021)
We ranked all 26 West Virginia cities with a population over 4,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest-growing city in the Mountain State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
The data has been updated for 2023. This report is our tenth time ranking the fastest growing cities in West Virginia.
Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In West Virginia, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in West Virginia are led by Charles Town which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):
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