West Virginia’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated April 9, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in West Virginia for 2019. See if your city made the list.

Crime rates in West Virginia are higher than national averages, but the state’s safest cities performed remarkably well in 2017. Despite a statewide violent crime rate of 5.78 incidents per 1,000, every city on our list reported fewer than two incidents per 1,000. Comparatively, the national violent crime rate is 4.49.

Property crime across West Virginia occurred at a rate of 32.11 incidents per 1,000 people—exceeding the national average of 27.11. But the safest cities did much better, with 80% keeping property crime under the national rate.

Learn more about the safest cities in West Virginia, and see if your city made the list.

West Virginia's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 50% of this year’s cities were also named the safest in the state last year.
  • Number two Ceredo debuts on the list this year with zero violent crimes.
  • 85% reported five or fewer total violent crimes, and there were zero murders among the safest cities.
  • Property crime is rated as the top safety concern in the state, according to our State of Safety report.
  • 15% of State of Safety respondents said they had a personal experience with property crime in the past year, but only 2% reported experiencing a violent crime.

The 20 Safest Cities in West Virginia

#1

Grafton

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Grafton, West Virginia
Population 5,121
Median Income $31,627
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.56

#2

Ceredo

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Ceredo, West Virginia
Population 1,365
Median Income $55,179
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.05

#3

Madison

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Madison, West Virginia
Population 2,831
Median Income $42,245
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.35
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.25

#4

Wellsburg

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Wellsburg, West Virginia
Population 2,634
Median Income $37,396
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.53

#5

Buckhannon

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Buckhannon, West Virginia
Population 5,610
Median Income $34,423
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.53
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 42.25

#6

Charles Town

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Charles Town, West Virginia
Population 6,062
Median Income $70,708
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.66
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.87

#7

Barboursville

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Barboursville, West Virginia
Population 4,315
Median Income $38,629
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.70
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 69.06

#8

Weston

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Weston, West Virginia
Population 4,035
Median Income $34,592
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.74
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.97

#9

Ripley

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Ripley, West Virginia
Population 3,243
Median Income $29,181
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.93
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.40

#10

Lewisburg

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
Population 3,935
Median Income $39,448
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.02
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.36

#11

Fayetteville

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Fayetteville, West Virginia
Population 2,839
Median Income $41,154
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.06
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 23.95

#12

Weirton

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Weirton, West Virginia
Population 18,870
Median Income $45,058
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.11
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.96

#13

Point Pleasant

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Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Population 4,219
Median Income $31,122
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.67

#14

Glen Dale

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Glen Dale, West Virginia
Population 1,433
Median Income $52,625
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.40
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.47

#15

Mount Hope

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Mount Hope, West Virginia
Population 1,341
Median Income $22,308
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.49
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.17

#16

Alderson

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Alderson, West Virginia
Population 1,171
Median Income $27,407
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.35

#17

Ronceverte

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Ronceverte, West Virginia
Population 1,731
Median Income $43,918
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.73
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.09

#18

Summersville

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Summersville, West Virginia
Population 3,411
Median Income $34,417
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.76
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 34.59

#19

Oak Hill

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Oak Hill, West Virginia
Population 8,490
Median Income $40,110
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.77
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 24.85

#20

Kenova

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Population 3.029
Median Income $34,131
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.98
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.40

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
21Nitro6,6452.1126.03
22Vienna10,4092.1133.82
23Williamson2,8832.4310.75
24Morgantown31,2152.6615.38
25Bridgeport8,4012.8631.90
26Moundsville8,6912.9929.23
27Fairmont18,6043.0119.89
28Princeton5,9354.3835.21
29Dunbar7,4864.6828.45
30Martinsburg17,7614.7345.27
31South Charleston12,7565.7254.09
32Beckley16,8626.9459.66
33Parkersburg30,4757.2546.96
34Huntington47,9338.9343.44
35Charleston48,78811.7272.07
36Bluefield10,14811.9220.89
37Wheeling27,19612.2121.47

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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