West Virginia is a state located in the Southern United States and known to be part of the Appalachian and Mid-Atlantic. West Virginia is best known for having more quaint cities and towns throughout. Also, the many mountains, lakes, and rivers offer plenty of outdoor activities.
Climate and Geography
West Virginia has a humid subtropical climate. The state has four seasons with hot summers and cold winters and snowstorms. The average annual high temperature is in the mid 70s and the average annual low temperature is in the low 40s.
The largest city and capital of West Virginia is Charleston. Kentucky is the nearest state to the southwest. The state is known to be almost entirely mountainous. The Ohio River and Shenandoah River are the largest rivers that run through the state. The elevation is roughly 1,500 feet above sea level.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
The state offers a great mixture of outdoor and indoor activities for residents. The many outdoor recreation opportunities include whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, and hunting. Historic sites and landmarks are scattered throughout the state. Indoor activities include visiting the assortment of museums such as specialty, history, and art. Shopping ranges from farmers markets to fashion malls.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home cost is lower than the national median. Social Security income is taxed. However, taxpayers over 65 are able to exclude the first $8,000, and $16,000 if filing jointly, of any retirement income. The state sales tax is at 6 percent.
West Virginia has one of the lower well-being index scores with a 57, according to Gallup.
The three best regionally ranked medical centers and hospitals in West Virginia are Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia University Hospitals, and Mon Health Medical Center. Charleston Area Medical Center is ranked high performing in nephrology and seven adult procedures and conditions. West Virginia University Hospitals is nationally ranked in urology and ranked high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure. Mon Health Medical Center is ranked high performing in four adult procedures and conditions.