West Virginia’s
Safest Cities

2019

Country road, take me home! West Virginia is either the northern-most southern state or the southern-most northern state, depending on who you ask. It originally split off from Virginia during the Civil War. While West Virginia wanted to stay in the Union, Virginia wanted to join the Confederacy, and we all know who came out on top in that war! Nicknamed the Mountain State, West Virginia has tons of mountains, its highest being Spruce Knob at 4,863 feet. The state is also 75% forest, so it’s a good place to go if you want to get away for awhile. There are also a number of bodies of water including the Potomac River, Ohio River, Sutton Lake, and others. But my favorite fact about West Virginia is that it has one of the lowest crime rates in the United States, which is why you’re on this page in the first place!

Before I get to West Virginia’s safest cities, I want to tell you about some of the sights that you just can’t miss:

  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy: The Appalachian Mountains, which span 14 states from Georgia to Maine, also runs through West Virginia, make the trip 2,180 miles overall.
  • Summersville Lake: Camping, boating, and fishing are the name of the game in this reservoir lake with 60 miles of beautiful beaches.
  • Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine: Since coal is still one of West Virginia’s major industries, you can actually tour a vintage mine underground and learn more about it.

Now let’s get back to safety. The safest city in West Virginia is Grafton in Taylor County. With a population just over 5,000, this city saw absolutely no violent crimes and only 1.56 property crimes for every 1,000 people! Other top picks include St. Albans, Weirton and Charles Town.

3.507

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

1.653
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
18.52

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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To learn more about how we calculated the safest cities in West Virginia, read our complete methodology at the bottom of the page.

1
Grafton, West Virginia
Grafton
Safety Score: 91.52

Grafton, WV

Population 5,121
Median Income 31,627
Households 2,130
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.58
Property Crimes 1.56
Property Crime 0.59

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St. Albans, West Virginia
St. Albans
Safety Score: 89.77

St. Albans, WV

Population 10,476
Median Income 48,475
Households 4,609
Violent Crime 1.53
Violent Crime -1.95
Property Crimes 0
Property Crime -45.7

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Weirton, West Virginia
Weirton
Safety Score: 84.69

Weirton, WV

Population 18,870
Median Income 45,058
Households 8,309
Violent Crime 1.11
Violent Crime -0.04
Property Crimes 9.96
Property Crime -1

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Charles Town, West Virginia
Charles Tow.
Safety Score: 83.06

Charles Town, WV

Population 6,062
Median Income 70,708
Households 2,279
Violent Crime 0.66
Violent Crime -1.99
Property Crimes 12.87
Property Crime -10.51

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Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgantown
Safety Score: 79.84

Morgantown, WV

Population 31,215
Median Income 37,900
Households 10,086
Violent Crime 2.66
Violent Crime -0.2
Property Crimes 15.38
Property Crime -6.29

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Fairmont, West Virginia
Fairmont
Safety Score: 75.87

Fairmont, WV

Population 18,604
Median Income 39,759
Households 7,490
Violent Crime 3.01
Violent Crime -1.21
Property Crimes 19.89
Property Crime 2.33

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Oak Hill, West Virginia
Oak Hill
Safety Score: 73.4

Oak Hill, WV

Population 8,490
Median Income 40,110
Households 3,574
Violent Crime 1.77
Violent Crime -0.33
Property Crimes 24.85
Property Crime -10.81

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Nitro, West Virginia
Nitro
Safety Score: 73

Nitro, WV

Population 6,645
Median Income 43,952
Households 2,875
Violent Crime 2.11
Violent Crime -0.42
Property Crimes 26.03
Property Crime -17.51

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Moundsville, West Virginia
Moundsville
Safety Score: 69.44

Moundsville, WV

Population 8,691
Median Income 30,409
Households 3,666
Violent Crime 2.99
Violent Crime -0.48
Property Crimes 29.23
Property Crime -6.4

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Dunbar, West Virginia
Dunbar
Safety Score: 68.99

Dunbar, WV

Population 7,486
Median Income 42,438
Households 3,757
Violent Crime 4.68
Violent Crime +0.74
Property Crimes 28.45
Property Crime -2.29

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Bridgeport, West Virginia
Bridgeport
Safety Score: 68.61

Bridgeport, WV

Population 8,401
Median Income 82,359
Households 3,449
Violent Crime 2.86
Violent Crime +0.96
Property Crimes 31.9
Property Crime 5.83

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Bluefield, West Virginia
Bluefield
Safety Score: 67.49

Bluefield, WV

Population 10,148
Median Income 33,510
Households 4,191
Violent Crime 11.92
Violent Crime +0.95
Property Crimes 20.89
Property Crime 0.69

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Vienna, West Virginia
Vienna
Safety Score: 67.21

Vienna, WV

Population 10,409
Median Income 45,575
Households 4,665
Violent Crime 2.11
Violent Crime +0.21
Property Crimes 33.82
Property Crime -8.6

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Wheeling, West Virginia
Wheeling
Safety Score: 67

Wheeling, WV

Population 27,196
Median Income 41,171
Households 12,233
Violent Crime 12.21
Violent Crime +2.53
Property Crimes 21.47
Property Crime -2.87

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Princeton, West Virginia
Princeton
Safety Score: 64.47

Princeton, WV

Population 5,935
Median Income 40,467
Households 2,583
Violent Crime 4.38
Violent Crime -2.6
Property Crimes 35.21
Property Crime -0.52

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Buckhannon, West Virginia
Buckhannon
Safety Score: 62.77

Buckhannon, WV

Population 5,610
Median Income 34,423
Households 1,952
Violent Crime 0.53
Violent Crime -1.24
Property Crimes 42.25
Property Crime 3.57

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
Martinsburg
Safety Score: 56.77

Martinsburg, WV

Population 17,761
Median Income 40,450
Households 7,156
Violent Crime 4.73
Violent Crime +0.18
Property Crimes 45.27
Property Crime -4.31

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Huntington, West Virginia
Huntington
Safety Score: 54.02

Huntington, WV

Population 47,933
Median Income 30,359
Households 20,309
Violent Crime 8.93
Violent Crime +1.14
Property Crimes 43.44
Property Crime 43.44

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
Parkersburg
Safety Score: 53.08

Parkersburg, WV

Population 30,475
Median Income 36,414
Households 13,104
Violent Crime 7.25
Violent Crime +0.59
Property Crimes 46.96
Property Crime 2.55

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South Charleston, West Virginia
South Charl.
Safety Score: 50.72

South Charleston, WV

Population 12,756
Median Income 50,885
Households 5,841
Violent Crime 5.72
Violent Crime -1.3
Property Crimes 54.09
Property Crime -16.45

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Beckley, West Virginia
Beckley
Safety Score: 44.84

Beckley, WV

Population 16,862
Median Income 39,695
Households 7,408
Violent Crime 6.94
Violent Crime -5.69
Property Crimes 59.66
Property Crime -15.78

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Charleston, West Virginia
Charleston
Safety Score: 32.11

Charleston, WV

Population 48,788
Median Income 45,797
Households 22,042
Violent Crime 11.72
Violent Crime -3.8
Property Crimes 72.07
Property Crime -7.62

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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