The Attraction of West Virginia
Those who have never been to West Virginia may wonder why anyone would want to move there. After all, the stereotypes some people have of the region are not very kind, so many people picture coal mines and people living in poverty. Most of the state is not like that though, and even the mining towns and poorest rural areas today are nothing like they were in the past.
Today, West Virginia is a state that offers beautiful views and affordable living, while parts of the state are still within commuting distance of Washington DC and other cities with more jobs but much higher costs of living. It has become a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding, whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities as well.
Living in West Virginia
West Virginia’s cost of living is lower than average, so your money will go farther, and housing prices are much lower than the average US prices. Cities like Charleston are more expensive than smaller more rural towns like Bluefield, but both are far more affordable than the national average. Energy costs in West Virginia are among the lowest in the nation.
While the state still has some struggles economically, it is building a strong economy based on tourism, energy, biotech, metals, and manufacturing. The median income and unemployment rates differ drastically between some counties, with counties along the state’s borders mostly having higher incomes but also a higher cost of living.
Renting in West Virginia
Landlord-tenant laws in West Virginia are found in Chapter 37, Article 37-6 of the West Virginia Code. They are pretty straightforward but it important to be familiar with them. Two short guides to these laws can be found in the Renter’s Resources below. It is important to know that, in West Virginia, there are situations where a landlord can begin eviction proceedings in court without giving prior notice. Also, oral lease agreements must be in writing within 30 days to be enforceable, while many other states give up to a year for this.
WV Landlord-Tenant Laws - Chapter 37, Article 37-6 of the West Virginia Code
Landlord-Tenant Rights Booklet – Huntington Human Relations Committee
Landlord-Tenant Responsibilities – Charleston Public Safety
Moving to West Virginia (wv.gov)
DMV – Vehicle License Information
Interactive WV Maps
WV WorkForce – Post Your Resume to Find & Apply for Jobs in WV