From its rolling hills, historical significance, and steadfast bridges, West Virginia has a wealth of personality and beauty. Whether you’ve come to hike the mountains or enjoy the countryside charms, there’s something for everyone here. Country roads calling you home? NewHomeSource has compiled a list of the 10 most affordable cities to help influence your choice.
10 Most Affordable Cities
Home Price to Income Ratio:2.55
Average Property Tax: $583
Median Household Income: $35,778
The title of most affordable city in West Virginia goes to Parkersburg. Located along the Ohio-West Virginia border, Parkersburg also ranks as the fourth largest city in the state. Enjoy exploring historic sites downtown or romping in the parks along the Ohio River.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 1.98
Average Property Tax: $543
Median Household Income: $43,518
Clarksburg is in north-central West Virginia. The West Fork River twists through the city, providing a waterside backdrop to the local park and trail system. Clarksburg emphasizes community, and this is perhaps best illustrated by the Harrison County Community Garden, where all residents can congregate to grow and share food.
3. South Charleston
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.43
Average Property Tax: $889
Median Household Income: $53,713
South Charleston is a peaceful town of over 13,000 residents. The Kanawha River borders the city’s north, and you can take advantage of the river’s proximity and enjoy spending warm days fishing or relaxing on its piers.
4. St. Albans
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.23
Average Property Tax: $770
Median Household Income: $20,755
St. Albans is another central city built along the Kanawha River. Spend sunny days at the Roadside Park Port of St. Albans, the city pool, or jogging along the trails of St. Albans City Park.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 3.15
Average Property Tax: $628
Median Household Income: $31,162
With over 46,000 residents, Huntington is one of the most populated cities in the state. Museum fanatics will love local attractions like the Museum of Radio & Technology and the Huntington Museum of Art. Take a stroll along the historic downtown district, catch a live show at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, or relax at Harris Riverfront Park.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.56
Average Property Tax: $765
Median Household Income: $43,319
Fairmont is the county seat of Marion County. Fairmont’s historic district includes museums and trails that commemorate Civil War battles. Residents can also enjoy riverside parks, sports fields, and entertainment centers, including a bowling alley.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.79
Average Property Tax: $649
Median Household Income: $39,455
Beckley is in south-central West Virginia. Notable attractions include the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, Beckley Art Center, and Mountain State Miniature Golf.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.43
Average Property Tax: $863
Median Household Income: $55,562
Residing along the Ohio River, Vienna is located just north of Parkersburg. Pass the time shopping at Grand Central Mall or savoring fresh air and exercise while walking the trails of the McDonough Wildlife Refuge.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 3.36
Average Property Tax: $991
Median Household Income: $43,344
West Virginia’s capital city comes in ninth place on our most affordable cities list. The Kanawha River winds its way through the center of the city, and you’ll find attractions like museums, art galleries, and theaters built along the river’s shores. The Capitol Market is another local favorite; enjoy shopping for fresh food and trinkets in an old freight train station.
Home Price to Income Ratio: 2.50
Average Property Tax: $716
Median Household Income: $44,119
Wheeling is in north West Virginia along the Ohio-West Virginia border. Known for its iconic suspension bridge dating back to 1849, Wheeling is rich in character. Place your bets at the local casino, admire the sights in the downtown historic district, or work up a sweat jogging along the hiking trails.
Cities with the Best Home Price to Income Ratio
While the list above is sorted by the lowest overall cost of living index, the following cities have the lowest home price to income ratio, meaning you can get more home for your money.
- St. Albans
Sarah graduated from Trinity University in 2012 with a degree in International Relations and Political Science. She writes blogs on new homes, decor, communities, and more for NewHomeSource. When she’s not writing, you can find her spending time with her three cats.