"The Mountain State", West Virginia topography is most noted for being entirely within the Appalachian Mountain
range, and the state as a whole known for its logging and coal production industries.
Also historically known for being one of the country's most economically disadvantaged states, Morgantown has nevertheless recently ranked among the best small cities in the nation to conduct business. It is the home of West Virginia University, and and two large health-care systems serving parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
West Virginia is also highly regarded for its stunning natural beauty and a booming tourist industry, offering no less than eight national parks with countless opportunities
for outdoor adventures including fishing, hiking, skiing, rock climbing and white water rafting.
West Virginia quality-of-life statistics
Virginia Census Data)
Major cities: Charleston (capital), Huntington, Parkersburg,
Population : 1,818,470
White : 95.2%
Black, African American : 3.2%
Hispanic : 0.9%
High school graduates : 80.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 14.8%
Average household income: $33,993
Personal Income Taxes: West Virginia levies an income tax on residents at rates of 3 percent to 6.5 percent over five tax brackets, depending on income and filing status. Residents are required to file income taxes using Form IT 140 by April 15 each year.
& Real Estate Overview : see Zillow - West Virginia Real Estate Home ownership rate : 75.2%
Average home price : $139,800
Average travel time to work : 26.2 minutes