Condos in West Virginia
Condos in West Virginia

West Virginia

Land in West Virginia

  • About

  • History

  • Landmarks

  • Culture

  • Climate Risk

  • Demographics

  • FAQ

  • Related

If you fancy a community-like kind of life, West Virginia is a place to consider

house icon

Discover the City of West Virgnia

West Virginia is located in the Central Eastern part of the United States of America. It became a state after it was admitted into the union in 1863 after the Wheeling Convention, making it the 35th state in the United States — the state was the only state that separated from a Confederate State (Virginia) and joined the union during the American Civil War but contributed actively to the warring parties during the war. It became an independent state on June 20, 1863. 

The state is located in the Appalachian, Mid-Atlantic and southern region of the United States, the only state that the Appalachian stretches through the length and breadth of its terrain and is nicknamed the "mountain state" primarily because of its mountain and rolling hills. Its mountainous terrain has been a major determinant of the State’s prevalent economic and social life since its earliest times. 

Kentucky borders it to the southwest, Pennsylvania to the north, Virginia and Maryland to the east, and Ohio to the Northwest. The state is also known for its historically significant Bituminous Coal, its Gemstone - Silicified Mississippian Fossil Lithostrotionella Coral and its Quarry industry which is servicing agricultural and construction purposes. 

The discovery of Bituminous Coal in West Virginia in commercial quantities in the second half of the 19th century was a significant time in the history of the state. It led to massive industrialization of the state and influx of people for commercial reasons into the state. This led to new rail lines being built, which in turn led to an increase in the quantity of Coal that could be transported to be sold in the United States and to the export market. The bituminous coal from West Virginia was one of the sustainers of the industrial revolution in the United States.

The state has 55 counties and the largest city in the state is the capital city, Charleston. The Capital city of West Virginia was originally Wheeling, it was moved to Charleston, moved back to Wheeling before it was finally moved back to Charleston. Due to its mountainous terrain, the state is predominantly a livestock-farming state. 

Unreal Estate landscape icon

Why Live in West Virginia?

Besides the nice scenery and limitless outdoor recreational opportunities that the state offers, there are several reasons to consider living or relocating to West Virginia. The cost of living in Virginia is very competitive compared to most of the states in the United States. The cost of renting is affordable in West Virginia. For just $1,200 per month, a comfortable condo can be rented in the state capital, which is the most expensive region in the state. 

If you fancy a community-like kind of life, West Virginia is a place to consider. The terrain of the state didn't encourage the emergence of large cities. The cities that are considered big cities in West Virginia are small when compared to the big cities of most of her neighboring states. 

In West Virginia, nature is as close to you as possible. Mountain range, river valleys, and forest presence can be felt even in the big cities of the state like Charleston and Wheeling.

History of West Virginia

History of West Virginia

History of West Virginia

In the early years of the seventeenth century, the area now known as West Virginia was inhabited by different tribes: Siouan Monongahela Culture to the North, the Tutelo, Moneton, and Eastern Siouan in the Southeastern region, the Iroquoian Susquehannock in the eastern part of the Monongahela River, and a tribe believed to be the Shenandoah in the Shenandoah Valley. Some other tribes also cluster in areas within the region. The terrain of West Virginia influenced the economy and settlement pattern of the people that lived in the region in this period, and they were predominantly farmers and hunters.

There are traces of prehistoric civilization in the region as artificial earthen mounds from various prehistoric cultures have been discovered, especially in South Charleston, Moundsville, and Romney. These archeological discoveries, including the artifacts discovered, lend credence to village societies with a tribal trade system culture and copper crafting technology.

History of West Virginia

West Virginia Demographics

West Virginia Demographics

Large group of people forming the shape of West Virginia

According to WorldPopulationReview, West Virginia has over 1.76M inhabitants,  the 40th largest state by population in the United States, and is one of the smallest landmasses. According to Data USA, its total surface area measures 24,230 square miles (62,755 kilometers square), which translates to 77.1 people per square mile of land. The State has a low-income rate compared to other States as the median income rate is $48,850, and the poverty rate stands at 17.6%. 

The 5 predominant ethnic groups in West Virginia, according to StatisticalAtlas, are; White (Non-Hispanic) 92%, Black/African American (Non-Hispanic) 3.63%, people with more than two ethnic makeup (Non-Hispanic) 1.7%, White (Hispanic) 1.03%, and Asian (Non-Hispanic) 0.786%. 99.2% of West Virginia residents are US citizens. The state is ranked 50th of 50 in the diversification index - it has the lowest percentage of Hispanic or Latino residents and is also one of the states with the lowest number of African American inhabitants.

West Virginia has one of the lowest numbers of non-Hispanic white — the non-Hispanic population is more than 90% of its total population, one of the lowest percentages of foreign-born in its population ranking, and has the lowest percentage of residents that speak another language besides English in their homes.

The median age of the resident in West Virginia is approximately 41.9 years. Females are 50.6% of the total population, while males are 49.4%. In terms of religious belief among the resident of West Virginia, 78% of the total population are affiliated with Christian based faith (Orthodox, Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witness, and Mormons), 3% are affiliated with non-Christian based faith (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism) while 18% are neutrals — not affiliated with any faith.

Large group of people forming the shape of West Virginia

Climate and Weather

Climate and Weather

Harpers Ferry West Virginia

West Virginia has a distinct climatic condition and season of about equal proportion. The climatic condition is uniform in all areas, except for a marine modification in the eastern panhandle. 

According to Britannica, "Mean annual temperatures, reflecting latitude and elevation, range from about 56 °F (13 °C) in the south to 52 °F (11 °C) in the north and 48 °F (9 °C) in the most mountainous regions. January is the coldest month, with a statewide average of 33 °F (1 °C), and July is the warmest, with a 73 °F (23 °C) average."

The frost-free period of the year when cultivation of crops is favorable and indigenous vegetation thrives is 160 days; sometimes, it can be less, and sometimes it can be more. The mean annual precipitation in the state is 60 inches (1520 mm) in the Appalachian Plateaus and 35 inches (890 mm) inches in the rain shadow, east of the mountains. The total precipitation comprises 8 per cent of snowfall and varies from about a seasonal average of about 64 inches (1,620 mm) in the eastern mountain to less than 20 inches (510 mm in the southwest.

Harpers Ferry West Virginia

Education in West Virginia

Education in West Virginia

Education of West Virginia

West Virginia has 44 universities and colleges strategically located throughout the state. Two are research universities, two special-focus institutions, five master's universities, and fourteen baccalaureate colleges. Twenty of these institutions are publicly owned, ten are private non-profit oriented private-owned institutions, while twelve are profit-oriented private institutions.

West Virginia has 239 high schools (181 public and 58 private schools). The state also boasts 2109 elementary schools distributed throughout the state. The state has an 86.60% literacy rate, making it 35th on the table of literacy rates in the United States.

Education of West Virginia

Land for sale in West Virginia

Show more

Notable Landmarks in West Virginia

Notable Landmarks in West Virginia

West Virginia Climate Risk

78

/500

Air pollution risk

Medium risk

67

/500

Hail risk

Low risk

57

/500

Hurricane risk

Low risk

48

/500

Total weather risk

Low risk

38

/500

Tornado risk

Low risk

35

/500

Earthquake risk

Low risk

35

/500

Wind risk

Low risk

West Virginia Frequently Asked Questions
West Virginia Frequently Asked Questions

Other Real Estate in West Virginia

View related pages

State

  • Land for sale in West Virginia
  • Condos in West Virginia

Are you looking to sell your West Virginia land?

Start a Listing

Find your dream home, today

    Unreal Estate stacked logo

    About

    BuySellMortgageAgentsCompany

    Updated January 2023: By using this website, you agree to our Terms of Service, and Privacy Policy.

    ⁠Unreal Estate holds real estate brokerage licenses under the following names in multiple states and locations:
    Unreal Estate LLC (f/k/a USRealty.com, LLP)
    Unreal Estate LLC (f/k/a USRealty Brokerage Solutions, LLP)
    Unreal Estate Brokerage LLC
    Unreal Estate Inc. (f/k/a Abode Technologies, Inc. (dba USRealty.com))
    Main Office Location: 1500 Conrad Weiser Parkway, Womelsdorf, PA  19567
    California DRE #01527504
    New York § 442-H Standard Operating Procedures
    TREC: Info About Brokerage ServicesConsumer Protection Notice

    UNREAL ESTATE IS COMMITTED TO AND ABIDES BY THE FAIR HOUSING ACT AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACT.

    If you are using a screen reader, or having trouble reading this website, please call Unreal Estate Customer Support for help at 1-866-534-3726 
    Open Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00 EST with the exception of holidays.

    *See Terms of Service for details.

    LinkedIn Social IconInstagram social iconFacebook social icontwitter social icon

    © 2023 Unreal Estate Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Equal Housing

    LinkedIn Social IconInstagram social iconFacebook social icontwitter social icon