The 10 Richest Cities In West Virginia For 2022


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

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Bridgeport, Hurricane, Vienna: 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 $84,295 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.8188533239535705%.

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 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 26 places in West Virginia with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in West Virginia for 2022:

  1. Bridgeport
  2. Hurricane
  3. Vienna
  4. St. Albans
  5. South Charleston
  6. Charles Town
  7. Dunbar
  8. Weirton
  9. Charleston
  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 2022

1. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, WV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,675
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,295
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Bridgeport: Real Estate | Photos

2. Hurricane

Hurricane, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,225
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $62,308
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Hurricane: Real Estate | Photos

3. Vienna

Vienna, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,261
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $55,181
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 11.9%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Photos

4. St. Albans

St. Albans, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,078
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Income: $50,969
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 17.0%
More on St. Albans: Real Estate | Photos

5. South Charleston

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,461
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $51,021
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 17.7%
More on South Charleston: Real Estate | Photos

6. Charles Town

Charles Town, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,985
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $77,552
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%
Poverty Rate: 11.3%
More on Charles Town: Real Estate | Photos

7. Dunbar

Dunbar, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,166
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $39,688
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.7%
More on Dunbar: Real Estate

8. Weirton

Weirton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,458
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $50,822
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.5%
More on Weirton: Real Estate | Photos

9. Charleston

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,273
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $49,769
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 19.8%
More on Charleston: Real Estate | Photos

10. Nitro

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,498
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,564
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 19.3%
More on Nitro: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In West Virginia For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 26 places with more than 5,000 people in West Virginia, we ranked each place from 1 to 26 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 2022”. 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 26 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In West Virginia For 2022

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: Huntington
3rd Poorest: Morgantown

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In West Virginia

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Bridgeport 1.33 $84,295
2 Hurricane 2.0 $62,308
3 Vienna 7.33 $55,181
4 St. Albans 7.67 $50,969
5 South Charleston 8.0 $51,021
6 Charles Town 8.33 $77,552
7 Dunbar 9.67 $39,688
8 Weirton 9.67 $50,822
9 Charleston 10.0 $49,769
10 Nitro 11.0 $43,564
11 Beckley 11.67 $42,972
12 Wheeling 12.0 $41,911
13 Fairmont 13.67 $45,540
14 Buckhannon 13.67 $42,287
15 New Martinsville 14.33 $45,303
16 Clarksburg 16.0 $41,226
17 Princeton 16.33 $41,925
18 Moundsville 17.33 $33,399
19 Oak Hill 17.33 $43,083
20 Elkins 17.67 $38,910
21 Parkersburg 18.33 $37,933
22 Bluefield 19.33 $35,650
23 Martinsburg 19.67 $44,363
24 Morgantown 21.67 $42,474
25 Huntington 22.33 $33,012
26 Grafton 24.67 $34,555

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in West Virginia.

About Chris Kolmar

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