West Virginia’s
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

The Mountain State is known for its coal production, Civil War History, and, thanks to the song by John Denver, its country roads. West Virginia broke away from Virginia to join the Union during the Civil War in 1863. The entire state is mountainous and lies within the Appalachian Region. 75% of West Virginia is still covered by forest, which includes trees like sugar maple and northern red oak. West Virginia is the 38th most populous in the country. 

Fast facts about West Virginia:

  • The state’s New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere 
  • Organ Cave in Greenbrier County, West Virginia is the 3rd largest cave in the US
  • 15% of the nation’s coal is produced by West Virginia 
  • Golden Delicious apples originated in West Virginia in 1775
  • Mother’s Day was first observed at a church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908

West Virginia’s largest metropolitan area, Charleston, has a population of around 200,000, while its smallest town, Clearview, has just 492 residents. So how do folks in these very different cities sleep? Do suburban West Virginians top our list for slumber? Let’s take a look at the numbers and find out.

40 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

36 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

12 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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1
Cheat Lake, West Virginia
Cheat Lake
Sleep Score: 83.82

Cheat Lake, WV

Population 9,540
Insufficient Sleep 370
Median Income 87,125
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 4.7
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 4.7
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.4
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 37

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Teays Valley, West Virginia
Teays Valle.
Sleep Score: 83.39

Teays Valley, WV

Population 13,805
Insufficient Sleep 340
Median Income 79,722
Mentally unhealthy days 4.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.5
Drinking 140
Physical inactivity 4.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.61
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 47

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Bridgeport, West Virginia
Bridgeport
Sleep Score: 83

Bridgeport, WV

Population 8,681
Insufficient Sleep 370
Median Income 82,359
Mentally unhealthy days 5.1
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 5
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 5
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 48

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Charles Town, West Virginia
Charles Tow.
Sleep Score: 82.99

Charles Town, WV

Population 6,064
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 70,708
Mentally unhealthy days 4.5
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 4.4
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 4.4
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 31

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Brookhaven, West Virginia
Brookhaven
Sleep Score: 82.71

Brookhaven, WV

Population 5,467
Insufficient Sleep 370
Median Income 66,364
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 4.7
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 4.7
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.4
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 37

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Hurricane, West Virginia
Hurricane
Sleep Score: 82.07

Hurricane, WV

Population 6,506
Insufficient Sleep 340
Median Income 55,000
Mentally unhealthy days 4.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.5
Drinking 140
Physical inactivity 4.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.61
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 47

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Cross Lanes, West Virginia
Cross Lanes
Sleep Score: 81.87

Cross Lanes, WV

Population 9,835
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 61,373
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.6
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.6
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 50

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Ranson, West Virginia
Ranson
Sleep Score: 81.6

Ranson, WV

Population 5,182
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 44,769
Mentally unhealthy days 4.5
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 4.4
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 4.4
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 31

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Pea Ridge, West Virginia
Pea Ridge
Sleep Score: 81.55

Pea Ridge, WV

Population 6,345
Insufficient Sleep 370
Median Income 48,972
Mentally unhealthy days 5.1
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 4.9
Drinking 120
Physical inactivity 4.9
Smoking 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 45

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South Charleston, West Virginia
South Charl.
Sleep Score: 81.31

South Charleston, WV

Population 12,240
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 50,885
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.6
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.6
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 50

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Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgantown
Sleep Score: 81.18

Morgantown, WV

Population 30,955
Insufficient Sleep 370
Median Income 37,900
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 4.7
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 4.7
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.4
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 37

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St. Albans, West Virginia
St. Albans
Sleep Score: 81.18

St. Albans, WV

Population 10,069
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 48,475
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.6
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.6
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 50

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Vienna, West Virginia
Vienna
Sleep Score: 81.12

Vienna, WV

Population 10,230
Insufficient Sleep 360
Median Income 45,575
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 370
oor physical health days 4.9
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.9
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 55

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Weirton, West Virginia
Weirton
Sleep Score: 81.04

Weirton, WV

Population 18,449
Insufficient Sleep 360
Median Income 45,058
Mentally unhealthy days 4.8
Obesity 370
oor physical health days 4.7
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.7
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.96
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 61

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Charleston, West Virginia
Charleston
Sleep Score: 81.04

Charleston, WV

Population 47,215
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 45,797
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.6
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.6
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 50

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Nitro, West Virginia
Nitro
Sleep Score: 80.94

Nitro, WV

Population 6,462
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 43,952
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.6
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.6
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 50

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Dunbar, West Virginia
Dunbar
Sleep Score: 80.86

Dunbar, WV

Population 7,205
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 42,438
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4.6
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.6
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 50

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Clarksburg, West Virginia
Clarksburg
Sleep Score: 80.74

Clarksburg, WV

Population 15,480
Insufficient Sleep 370
Median Income 40,068
Mentally unhealthy days 5.1
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 5
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 5
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.36
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 48

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
Parkersburg
Sleep Score: 80.63

Parkersburg, WV

Population 29,675
Insufficient Sleep 360
Median Income 36,414
Mentally unhealthy days 4.7
Obesity 370
oor physical health days 4.9
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.9
Smoking 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 55

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Fairmont, West Virginia
Fairmont
Sleep Score: 80.56

Fairmont, WV

Population 18,411
Insufficient Sleep 400
Median Income 39,759
Mentally unhealthy days 4.9
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 4.7
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.7
Smoking 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 52

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Huntington, West Virginia
Huntington
Sleep Score: 80.55

Huntington, WV

Population 46,048
Insufficient Sleep 370
Median Income 30,359
Mentally unhealthy days 5.1
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 4.9
Drinking 120
Physical inactivity 4.9
Smoking 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.64
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 45

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Wheeling, West Virginia
Wheeling
Sleep Score: 80.27

Wheeling, WV

Population 26,771
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 41,171
Mentally unhealthy days 5.1
Obesity 400
oor physical health days 4.9
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.9
Smoking 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.82
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 60

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Buckhannon, West Virginia
Buckhannon
Sleep Score: 80.24

Buckhannon, WV

Population 5,493
Insufficient Sleep 390
Median Income 34,423
Mentally unhealthy days 4.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 5.1
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 5.1
Smoking 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 60

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Elkins, West Virginia
Elkins
Sleep Score: 80.21

Elkins, WV

Population 7,026
Insufficient Sleep 410
Median Income 39,470
Mentally unhealthy days 5.2
Obesity 340
oor physical health days 5.2
Drinking 120
Physical inactivity 5.2
Smoking 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.91
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 54

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New Martinsville, West Virginia
New Martins.
Sleep Score: 80.15

New Martinsville, WV

Population 5,141
Insufficient Sleep 400
Median Income 41,673
Mentally unhealthy days 5.3
Obesity 370
oor physical health days 5.1
Drinking 120
Physical inactivity 5.1
Smoking 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.68
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 72

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
Martinsburg
Sleep Score: 80.09

Martinsburg, WV

Population 17,465
Insufficient Sleep 430
Median Income 40,450
Mentally unhealthy days 5.2
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 4.9
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.9
Smoking 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.4
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 37

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Grafton, West Virginia
Grafton
Sleep Score: 79.77

Grafton, WV

Population 5,040
Insufficient Sleep 400
Median Income 31,627
Mentally unhealthy days 5.1
Obesity 370
oor physical health days 5.1
Drinking 120
Physical inactivity 5.1
Smoking 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.29
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 49

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Oak Hill, West Virginia
Oak Hill
Sleep Score: 79.75

Oak Hill, WV

Population 8,218
Insufficient Sleep 400
Median Income 40,110
Mentally unhealthy days 5.3
Obesity 400
oor physical health days 5.1
Drinking 110
Physical inactivity 5.1
Smoking 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.29
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 64

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Moundsville, West Virginia
Moundsville
Sleep Score: 79.69

Moundsville, WV

Population 8,401
Insufficient Sleep 380
Median Income 30,409
Mentally unhealthy days 5.1
Obesity 400
oor physical health days 4.9
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.9
Smoking 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.82
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 60

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Princeton, West Virginia
Princeton
Sleep Score: 79.69

Princeton, WV

Population 5,741
Insufficient Sleep 420
Median Income 40,467
Mentally unhealthy days 5.5
Obesity 380
oor physical health days 5.5
Drinking 100
Physical inactivity 5.5
Smoking 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 58

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Beckley, West Virginia
Beckley
Sleep Score: 79.63

Beckley, WV

Population 16,183
Insufficient Sleep 420
Median Income 39,695
Mentally unhealthy days 5.6
Obesity 390
oor physical health days 5.5
Drinking 100
Physical inactivity 5.5
Smoking 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.22
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 54

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Bluefield, West Virginia
Bluefield
Sleep Score: 79.31

Bluefield, WV

Population 9,730
Insufficient Sleep 420
Median Income 33,510
Mentally unhealthy days 5.5
Obesity 380
oor physical health days 5.5
Drinking 100
Physical inactivity 5.5
Smoking 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 58

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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