Benefits of living and working in West Virginia

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West Virginia, also known as the Mountain State, is a wonderful place to call home! In addition to being a beautiful location, it’s economic growth is booming. There are several exciting industries that are thriving, meaning there are a plethora of jobs across a number of career paths. In addition to job security, the outdoor life in West Virginia is unparalleled and the cost of living is very competitive. Let’s dive into other reasons why West Virginia is a great place to live and work!

Why should you choose West Virginia?

Living in West Virginia is a lively and exhilarating. With a rich history, beautiful landscape, and so much opportunity for adventure, you’ll wonder why you didn’t move earlier! It’s a fantastic place to play, raise a family, and build a successful life.

WV is full of outdoor life

Sitting along the eastern coast of the US, the entirety of West Virginia sits in the Appalachian Mountains, with 75% of the state covered in forest. There’s also rolling, colorful hills and magnificent bridges throughout. Whether you’re into hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, hunting, or fishing - it’s an outdoors(wo)man’s paradise.

It is affordable to live in West Virginia

If you are looking to purchase a home, you can get a lot of property for a minimum investment in the area. The median home value is less than $100,000, making home-buying more accessible than some other states in the country. Renting is also relatively inexpensive, especially the further out from the state capital you go.

You can enjoy the small town feel

There is always something to be said about a strong feeling of community. Even the “big” cities in West Virginia are relatively small. As a result, the population centers are small, making the tax base lower than other parts of the country.

There is a strong job market

Historically, West Virginia’s unemployment rate sits well below the national unemployment rate. As of May 2020, the national unemployment rate was at 13.3 percent and West Virginia’s rate was at 4.7%. The trend seems to be improving as more West Virginians are able to find work - showing an optimistic future for the local economy.


Consider joining the world class workforce of #WestVirginia! Visit the West Virginia Resource Center for single click job searches, local hiring news, and information on work life in the Mountain State.

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Have you ever been to/lived in West Virginia? What are your thoughts? Share below!


This article is sponsored by WorkForce West Virginia. All opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

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Kevin Manning
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I left the melting pot of Miami Florida to move to WV in 1996, and haven't looked back. In Miami I lived from one locked area (work, Car, Home) to the next, and never saw my neighbors. People in WV are friendly, approachable and kind. And they look out for one another. Unlike other parts of the country where its " Every man for themselves". I've worked in just about every state in the US, and West Virginia is, by far, the best place to live.

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I'm a great heard worker I Love to work and meet people

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Hi Good day everyone how everyone is doing today? I want to say I want to come over there to live and work over there in the west Virginia I want to try out a new Job and live in the Us also

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James Martin
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I move back to Charleston to take care of my mother because she was getting older and losing eyesight. But my mother passed away last year in April. I can go anywhere and do show me the money

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Laura Jiminian
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Drove through it traveling from NC to Pittsburgh. Breathtaking scenery. Actually think about moving there. Don't know if my fluent Spanish would be an asset, are there any Hispanic communities?

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Christina Beately
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Sounds like a dream come true to me

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Never been, but would love to give it a try!

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Fisher Dylan
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No

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MargoMarie Marin
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I have been. Always get stopped by police and state troopers for no law violations. I was in military and travel through WV a lot. I am a black and never feel welcomed in WV and I love the outdoors and all it offers

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