The 10 Richest Cities In West Virginia For 2021


We analyzed 27 places in West Virginia to determine where the 1% live.

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Bridgeport, Vienna, Hurricane: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in West Virginia. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Mountain State.

Bridgeport in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $84,382 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.298910468972051%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in West Virginia share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 27 places in West Virginia with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in West Virginia for 2021:

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

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in West Virginia.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about West Virginia:

The 10 Richest Cities In West Virginia For 2021

1. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,556
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,382
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Bridgeport: Real Estate | Photos

2. Vienna

Vienna, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,348
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,562
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.9%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Photos

3. Hurricane

Hurricane, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,482
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,833
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 11.5%
More on Hurricane: Real Estate | Photos

4. South Charleston

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,475
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,713
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 14.0%
More on South Charleston: Real Estate | Photos

5. Dunbar

Dunbar, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,333
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $44,009
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 12.1%
More on Dunbar: Real Estate

6. Weirton

Weirton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,670
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $49,496
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 13.3%
More on Weirton: Real Estate | Photos

7. Charles Town

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,943
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $80,278
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.6%
More on Charles Town: Real Estate | Photos

8. Wheeling

Wheeling, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,062
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $44,119
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 13.8%
More on Wheeling: Real Estate | Photos

9. St. Albans

St. Albans, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,270
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $50,755
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Poverty Rate: 17.7%
More on St. Albans: Real Estate | Photos

10. Nitro

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,997
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $41,076
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 16.8%
More on Nitro: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In West Virginia For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In West Virginia
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 27 places with more than 5,000 people in West Virginia, we ranked each place from 1 to 27 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Bridgeport, crowned the “Richest City In West Virginia For 2021”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 27 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In West Virginia For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in West Virginia, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in West Virginia.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in West Virginia, according to data:

Poorest: Grafton
2nd Poorest: Keyser
3rd Poorest: Huntington

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In West Virginia

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Bridgeport 1.0 $84,382
2 Vienna 2.67 $55,562
3 Hurricane 3.0 $55,833
4 South Charleston 5.67 $53,713
5 Dunbar 6.0 $44,009
6 Weirton 8.0 $49,496
7 Charles Town 8.67 $80,278
8 Wheeling 9.33 $44,119
9 St. Albans 11.0 $50,755
10 Nitro 11.0 $41,076
11 Charleston 11.33 $43,344
12 Fairmont 13.33 $43,319
13 Beckley 13.67 $39,455
14 New Martinsville 14.33 $43,953
15 Elkins 14.33 $38,506
16 Clarksburg 15.33 $43,518
17 Moundsville 18.0 $34,701
18 Princeton 19.33 $42,025
19 Buckhannon 19.33 $39,709
20 Bluefield 19.33 $36,793
21 Oak Hill 20.33 $39,296
22 Morgantown 20.67 $42,966
23 Martinsburg 21.67 $42,835
24 Parkersburg 22.33 $35,778
25 Huntington 22.67 $31,162
26 Keyser 22.67 $36,448
27 Grafton 23.0 $36,951

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in West Virginia.

About Chris Kolmar

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