Best counties in West Virginia to retire to, according to Stacker

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Stacker, using data from Niche, has created a list of the best counties in West Virginia to retire.

A number of factors go into what makes a county an ideal spot to retire to, including “cost of living, government services, health care facilities, weather and overall climate, crime rate, outdoor recreational activities, eating establishments, cultural and entertainment opportunities, and more.”

These are the top 25 counties in West Virginia that fit these criteria the best.

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#25. Jackson County

– Population: 28,907
– Median home value: $130,600 (77% own)
– Median rent: $650 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $47,837
– Top places to live: Ripley (B)

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#24. Monroe County

– Population: 13,401
– Median home value: $107,900 (79% own)
– Median rent: $626 (21% rent)
– Median household income: $38,540
– Top places to live: Peterstown (C+)

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#23. Wayne County

– Population: 40,303
– Median home value: $99,100 (73% own)
– Median rent: $662 (27% rent)
– Median household income: $37,988
– Top places to live: Lavalette (B+), Ceredo (B-), Kenova (C+)

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#22. Randolph County

– Population: 28,930
– Median home value: $110,300 (72% own)
– Median rent: $655 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $43,320
– Top places to live: Elkins (B), Womelsdorf (Coalton) (C), Valley Head (C)

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#21. Lewis County

– Population: 16,166
– Median home value: $104,200 (72% own)
– Median rent: $648 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $39,908
– Top places to live: Weston (C+)

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#20. Doddridge County

– Population: 8,560
– Median home value: $117,300 (88% own)
– Median rent: $455 (12% rent)
– Median household income: $45,545
– Top places to live: West Union (B)

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#19. Fayette County

– Population: 43,576
– Median home value: $91,300 (77% own)
– Median rent: $639 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $41,394
– Top places to live: Fayetteville (B), Smithers (C+), Oak Hill (C+)

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#18. Mason County

– Population: 26,820
– Median home value: $87,600 (79% own)
– Median rent: $615 (21% rent)
– Median household income: $46,078
– Top places to live: Point Pleasant (B-), New Haven (C+), Gallipolis Ferry (C+)

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#17. Kanawha County

– Population: 183,279
– Median home value: $112,500 (69% own)
– Median rent: $747 (31% rent)
– Median household income: $46,639
– Top places to live: South Charleston (A-), Charleston (A-), Cross Lanes (B+)

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#16. Cabell County

– Population: 94,339
– Median home value: $124,500 (62% own)
– Median rent: $748 (38% rent)
– Median household income: $40,028
– Top places to live: Barboursville (B+), Pea Ridge (B+), Culloden (B)

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#15. Brooke County

– Population: 22,459
– Median home value: $93,200 (76% own)
– Median rent: $607 (24% rent)
– Median household income: $51,496
– Top places to live: Follansbee (B-), Wellsburg (B-), Hooverson Heights (C+)

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#14. Raleigh County

– Population: 75,252
– Median home value: $108,700 (73% own)
– Median rent: $693 (27% rent)
– Median household income: $43,748
– Top places to live: Shady Spring (B), Beckley (B), Crab Orchard (B-)

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#13. Putnam County

– Population: 56,610
– Median home value: $167,300 (82% own)
– Median rent: $831 (18% rent)
– Median household income: $60,097
– Top places to live: Winfield (A), Teays Valley (A), Hurricane (A-)

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#12. Nicholas County

– Population: 25,078
– Median home value: $95,100 (79% own)
– Median rent: $601 (21% rent)
– Median household income: $40,086
– Top places to live: Summersville (B), Craigsville (C+), Richwood (C)

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#11. Harrison County

– Population: 67,908
– Median home value: $117,900 (74% own)
– Median rent: $767 (26% rent)
– Median household income: $53,022
– Top places to live: Bridgeport (A), Clarksburg (B+), Shinnston (B)

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#10. Taylor County

– Population: 16,864
– Median home value: $107,000 (78% own)
– Median rent: $652 (22% rent)
– Median household income: $48,578
– Top places to live: Grafton (B+)

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#9. Summers County

– Population: 12,848
– Median home value: $92,200 (76% own)
– Median rent: $685 (24% rent)
– Median household income: $38,187
– Top places to live: Hinton (C+)

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#8. Greenbrier County

– Population: 35,155
– Median home value: $124,000 (72% own)
– Median rent: $681 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $40,200
– Top places to live: Lewisburg (B+), Ronceverte (B), White Sulphur Springs (B-)

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#7. Mercer County

– Population: 59,919
– Median home value: $96,700 (70% own)
– Median rent: $672 (30% rent)
– Median household income: $40,784
– Top places to live: Athens (A), Bluefield (B), Princeton (B-)

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#6. Pocahontas County

– Population: 8,450
– Median home value: $121,700 (82% own)
– Median rent: $622 (18% rent)
– Median household income: $41,882
– Top places to live: Durbin (C+), Marlinton (C+), Hillsboro (C)

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#5. Tucker County

– Population: 6,982
– Median home value: $121,600 (79% own)
– Median rent: $552 (21% rent)
– Median household income: $49,118
– Top places to live: Parsons (B-), Davis (C+), Thomas (C+)

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#4. Wood County

– Population: 84,960
– Median home value: $124,200 (71% own)
– Median rent: $713 (29% rent)
– Median household income: $47,321
– Top places to live: Vienna (A), Williamstown (A), Washington (B+)

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#3. Ritchie County

– Population: 9,844
– Median home value: $96,700 (80% own)
– Median rent: $608 (20% rent)
– Median household income: $43,577
– Top places to live: Pennsboro (B), Ellenboro (C+), Cairo (C+)

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#2. Ohio County

– Population: 42,143
– Median home value: $123,900 (70% own)
– Median rent: $667 (30% rent)
– Median household income: $50,584
– Top places to live: Bethlehem (A), Wheeling (A-), Clearview (A-)

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#1. Hancock County

– Population: 29,383
– Median home value: $93,000 (73% own)
– Median rent: $658 (27% rent)
– Median household income: $45,763
– Top places to live: Weirton (B+), Chester (C+), Newell (C)

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