The Murder Capitals Of West Virginia For 2022

These are the places in West Virginia where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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Do you live in one of the murder capitals of West Virginia?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in West Virginia.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Mountain State for 2022:

  1. Charleston (Photos)
  2. Huntington (Photos)
  3. Fairmont (Photos)
  4. Beckley (Photos)
  5. Weirton (Photos)
  6. Parkersburg (Photos)
  7. St. Albans (Photos)
  8. Wheeling (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in West Virginia? That would be Charleston with 23.9 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Charleston with 11.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 8 cities in West Virginia where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 13 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Mountain State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of West Virginia For 2022

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Population: 46,038
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 11 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 23.9 (Most)
More on Charleston:  Data | Photos

Charleston, WV

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Population: 44,684
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 7 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.7 (3rd Most)
More on Huntington:  Data | Photos

Huntington, WV

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Population: 18,352
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 3 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.3 (2nd Most)
More on Fairmont:  Data | Photos

Fairmont, WV

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Population: 15,762
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 2 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.7 (4th Most)
More on Beckley:  Data | Photos

Beckley, WV

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Population: 18,111
Rank Last Year: 15
Murders: 2 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 11.0 (5th Most)
More on Weirton:  Data | Photos

Weirton, WV

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Population: 29,096
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 2 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.9 (7th Most)
More on Parkersburg:  Data | Photos

Parkersburg, WV

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Population: 9,802
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.2 (6th Most)
More on St. Albans:  Data | Photos

St. Albans, WV

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Population: 26,222
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 1 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.8 (8th Most)
More on Wheeling:  Data | Photos

Wheeling, WV

How we calculated the murder capitals of West Virginia

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in West Virginia for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 8 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In West Virginia For 2022

If you're looking at the places in West Virginia with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In West Virginia For 2022

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Charleston, WV 11 23.89
2 Huntington, WV 7 15.67
3 Fairmont, WV 3 16.35
4 Beckley, WV 2 12.69
5 Weirton, WV 2 11.04
6 Parkersburg, WV 2 6.87
7 St. Albans, WV 1 10.2
8 Wheeling, WV 1 3.81

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our ninth time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in West Virginia and is updated for 2022.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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