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Top Reasons to Live in West Virginia

Well, here are our top reasons you might want to move to West Virginia. We have a lot to offer that you might not expect. Here’s a little tiktok video we made, a recipe for a perfect life.

Of course there’s more reasons!

9 State Forests + 35 State Parks

From hiking and biking to scenic train rides and snow sports, West Virginia’s state parks and forests offer something for everyone. The West Virginia State Parks system is home to 35 state parks, nine state forests, three rail trails, and countless adventures.

Music Scene

Intimate and larger venues such as Carnegie Hall across West Virginia host local and national musicians and bands regularly!


While West Virginia is well-known for its incredible landscapes and jaw-dropping views, it is also home to incredible and talented artists. Every month, we interview a different WV Artist! Get to know some of them. Click here

Events + Festivals

Are you looking for something to do in West Virginia? Whether you’re local, new in town, or just driving through we have loads of great tips, events, and festivals here at!

Foraging for Appalachian Groceries with David Cole. Click here

Amazing Food!

Signature West Virginia foods include Biscuits and Gravy, Pepperoni Rolls, Skillet Cornbread, Deer Meat aka venison, Chicken Fried Beef Steak, Hot Dogs with Sauce n Slaw, Morel Mushrooms, Ramps, Chicken and Dumplings, Soup Beans, and Buckwheat Pancakes.

Over the years, our team at HashtagWV have reviewed hundreds of incredible restaurants here in West Virginia. You can find anything from the best Italian, Southern Barbeque, Sweets, and more! Learn all about them. Click here.

Low Crime Rate

West Virginia’s violent crime rate of 3.6 is 10% below the national rate of 4.0 incidents per 1,000. With West Virginia’s rising violent crime rate this year, it returned to its 2019 rate of 3.6.

Challenge Yourself

From easy loops to challenging climbs, there’s more than 1,200 miles of trails at state parks for you to hike.

Pick us up or visit for the best things to do in West Virginia!

Incredible Fishing Opportunities

Throughout West Virginia, incredible fishing opportunities are located at every turn of the river. There are over 20,000 miles of streams and more than 100 fishing lakes. You can do everything from fly fishing to a full-day guided fishing trip.

4 Top Rated Ski Resorts

West Virginia is a small state but hits above its weight when it comes to downhill skiing. Three of the four ski resorts, namely Snowshoe, Timberline, and Caanan Valley, service some of the largest cities in the Northeast USA, including Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Richmond, VA.

The fourth resort, Winterplace, is located to the south and services smaller cities nearby such as Roanoke, VA.


The cost of living in West Virginia is below the national average. The median list price for a home in West Virginia is $97,000, while the national figure is about $181,000. If you moved from the nearest major metropolitan center, Washington, DC, to the average West Virginia town, you could buy about five times the real estate for the same price, given that the median home price in the nation’s capital is now more than $500,000. On an income of $52,000, you can typically afford a home priced at $130,000 to $180,000, depending on your down payment. In West Virginia, this can net you a spacious family home of about 2,000 square feet. This helps explain why West Virginia has the highest homeownership rate in the nation at nearly 74 percent. That being said, rent is considerably cheaper than average in the Mountain State as well, about $600 for the state compared with nearly $900 for the national average.

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