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Forbes magazine ranks Charleston and Huntington in its Best Places for Business and Careers list. Morgantown, Wheeling, Parkersburg and Weirton were among the nation's Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

West Virginia's livable cities provide the right balance between work and play -- leaving you more time for the things that matter:

  • You can buy more home for less money here than in larger metro areas.
  • Energy costs are low. The cost of living is more than seven percent below the U.S. average.
  • West Virginia's crime rate is among the lowest in the country.
  • Low property taxes contribute to the highest home ownership rates in the country.

Whether you’re starting a career or a family -- or if you are ready to enjoy an empty nest -- West Virginia’s cities deliver big-city amenities, without the hassle or the traffic.

Read profiles of West Virginia's 19 largest cities:

The Clay Center, Charleston, W.Va.
Charleston, W.Va., population: 53,421 Huntington, W.Va., population: 51,475 Parkersburg, W.Va., population: 33,099 Wheeling, W.Va., population: 31,419
Morgantown, W.Va., population: 26,809 Weirton, W.Va., population: 20,411 Fairmont, W.Va., population: 19,097 Beckley, W.Va., population: 17,254
Clarksburg, W.Va., population: 16,743 Martinsburg, W.Va., population: 14,972 South Charleston, W.Va., population: 13,390 Saint Albans, W.Va., population: 11,567
Bluefield, W.Va., population: 11,451 Vienna, W.Va. -- population: 10,861 Moundsville, W.Va., population: 9,998 Dunbar, W.Va., population: 8,154
Bridgeport, W.Va., population: 7,306 Elkins, W.Va., population: 7,032 Nitro, W.Va., population: 6,824

Check out the profiles of West Virginia's small town gems, too.

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West Virginia is full of mouth-watering aromas and scrumptious flavors. Whatever your taste or dining style, discovering and sampling the Mountain State’s rich food heritage will without a doubt satisfy your cravings.

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