As the only state to be admitted into the union by breaking away from a Confederate state, its neighbor Virginia, West Virginia has a unique origin. Apparent from its official nickname, the Mountain State is known for its many mountains and lakes, which allow for numerous outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, hiking, rafting, and more.
The safest city in West Virginia is Weirton, a community of 19,067 in the state’s northern tip. Weirton is one of only three U.S. cities to border two states on two sides, and its own on the remaining two sides. The city’s violent crime rate is just a third of the statewide average.
Fairmont ranks as West Virginia’s second safest city. The city is located alongside the Monongahela River and is home to Fairmont State University. Nearby Morgantown, also located along the Monongahela River, is number three on the list. Morgantown is also the location of a higher learning institution in West Virginia University.
Fourth on the list is Bluefield, a small city located in the Appalachians in the southern part of the state. Rounding out the top five is Wheeling, the state’s original capital sporting the official motto: “Old Rootin Tootin Sally can always be seen Boot Scootin’ at the Darn Tootin.”
West Virginia's Safest Cities
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To identify the safest cities in West Virginia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes.