west virginia safe cities 2018

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.

7.76 Average violent crime per 1,000
44.58 Average property crime per 1,000

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.”


19,067 Population
22 Violent Crimes
209 Property Crimes
weirton crime 2018


18,733 Population
79 Violent Crimes
329 Property Crimes
fairmont crime 2018


31,109 Population
89 Violent Crimes
674 Property Crimes
morgantown crime 2018


10,298 Population
113 Violent Crimes
208 Property Crimes
bluefield crime 2018


27,486 Population
266 Violent Crimes
669 Property Crimes
wheeling crime 2018

West Virginia's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
7St. Albans10,635374863.4845.70
10South Charleston12,957919147.0270.54


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. 

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