I don't live in West Virginia, but I've done a lot of research on the northern portions. West Virginia is the third poorest state in the United States of America, with a per capita income of $23,450 (2015). Using median household income data from the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey for all 384 metropolitan areas, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s poorest cities. Only cities for which complete ACS and Zillow data were available were included in the final ranking. All data were collected on and is up to date as of Oct. 2, 2020. The area’s economy has declined along with the nation’s coal mining industry, and today Princeton is the poorest town in West Virginia. West Virginia could be a haven for nature lovers once the last load of coal is a distant memory…until then it is a poverty stricken hell hole. When it comes to safe and dangerous cities, Grafton, a town of roughly 5,145 residents maintains its spot as West Virginia’s safest place, with only a 155 crime rate per 100,000 people. Note: County Data is from the 2011–2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. … The analysis excluded cities with a population below 61,000, leaving out the states of Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. West Virginia. The analysis excluded cities with a population below 61,000, leaving out the states of Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. People in Southwest Virginia often think of Northern Virginia as a foreign ... S.W. Beattyville’s median household income is just $12,361 (about £8,000) a year, placing it as the third lowest income town in the US, according to that Census Bureau 2008-12 survey. I don't entirely agree with you. Median household income: $82,716 (state: $75,463) Poverty rate: 10.1% (state: 10.1%) Anchorage is the poorest city in The Last Frontier, but only by default. Rex Lisman / Shutterstock. Here are the poorest cities in every state, based on household earnings, counting down to the absolute poorest in the country: Advertisement. City: Williamson; Population: 2,883; ... and the city with the lowest cumulative score was identified as the poorest city in its respective state. I do agree that the state's major university located in Morgantown is what is propelling growth in that area, but there is more to it than that. Fuck You - Cut Spending January.4.2017 at 12:43 pm West Virginia counties ranked by per capita income. The typical household earns just $30,856 annually, roughly $11,000 less than the statewide median household income of $41,751. Alaska: Anchorage. 47.