West Virginia – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Petr Novák

West Virginia is a rural, mountainous state in the northeastern part of the country. It is one of the poorest in the U.S. If one were to compare the GDP of West Virginia itself to other states in the world, it would rank roughly on par with Iraq. The circumstances of West Virginia’s formation are interesting. The state was formed on June 20, 1963, after seceding from Virginia. The formation of the new state had to be ratified by Abraham Lincoln himself.

West Virginia – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Map of West Virginia / Where is West Virginia?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic Information About West Virginia
  2. What to See in the State of West Virginia
  3. West Virginia State Attractions
  4. West Virginia Weather
  5. Largest Cities in West Virginia
  6. West Virginia Food Prices
  7. State Symbols of West Virginia

Basic Information About West Virginia

What to See in the State of West Virginia

  1. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  2. Blackwater Falls State Park
  3. New River Gorge National Park
  4. The West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston
  5. West Virginia State Museum in Charleston
  6. Mononongahela National Forest
  7. Former West Virginia State Prison in Moundsville
  8. Grandview State Park
  9. Seneca Caverns
  10. Appalachian Glass

For tips on other sights and places of interest in West Virginia, post them in the discussion.

West Virginia State Attractions

West Virginia’s date of entry into the Union

June 20, 1863 (35th in order)

State of West Virginia nickname

The Mountain State

The Highest Mountain in West Virginia

Spruce Knob (1,482 metres)

Rivers in West Virginia

  1. Ohio River (1,579 km)
  2. New River (510 km)
  3. Potomac River (486 km)
  4. Greenbrier River (278 km)
  5. Elk River (277 km)

West Virginia Airports

  1. Charleston – Yeager Airport
  2. Huntington Airport
  3. Lewisburg – Greenbrier Valley Airport
  4. Morgantown Munincipal Airport
  5. Clarksburg – North Central West Virginia Airport

West Virginia Sports Teams

  • NFL (American football): no team
  • MLB (baseball): no team
  • MLS (football): no team
  • NHL (ice hockey): no team
  • NBA (basketball): no team

Universities in West Virginia

  • West Virginia University
  • Marshall University

ZIP Codes


Weather in West Virginia | Average Temperatures in West Virginia | Average Precipitation in West Virginia

West Virginia Weather

The weather in the northeastern part of the state remains typical of a subtropical climate, with summers hot and muggy and winters fairly mild. In the rest of West Virginia, winters tend to be much cooler, with temperatures dropping especially in places of higher elevation. Summers tend to be cooler in these regions.

Average temperatures in January range from -3 °C in the area around the Cheat River to +5 °C in the part of West Virginia near the Kentucky border. The lowest average temperature in July is around the North Branch Potomac River (19 °C), the highest in the western part of the state.

West Virginia is one of the states with the lowest proportion of sunny days, expect the most rainy days between April and September. In some cities, it rains or snows nearly 200 days a year.

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Largest Cities in West Virginia

# City Population Map
1 Charleston 47,215 Show on Map
2 Huntington 46,048 Show on Map
3 Morgantown 30,955 Show on Map
4 Parkersburg 29,675 Show on Map
5 Wheeling 26,771 Show on Map
6 Weirton 18,449 Show on Map
7 Fairmont 18,411 Show on Map
8 Martinsburg 17,465 Show on Map
9 Beckley 16,183 Show on Map
10 Clarksburg 19,450 Show on Map

West Virginia Food Prices

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $6.50
  • Restaurant draft beer (0.5L): $3.00
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $3.67
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $1.83
  • Milk (1 l): $0.63
  • Bread (500 g): $2.48
  • Rice (1 kg): $9.55
  • Egg (12 pcs): $1.84
  • Cheese (1 kg): $9.55
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $16.90
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $12.86
  • Apple (1 kg): $5.50
  • Bananas (1 kg): $1.72
  • Oranges (1 kg): $4.78
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $3.82
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $1.57
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $1.42
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $3.02
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $5.62

Grocery prices in Charleston valid in January 2021. Take these as a guide, prices vary from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

West Virginia Flag | West Virginia State Emblem

State Symbols of West Virginia

  • Color: blue and old gold
  • Insect: bee
  • Stone: black coal
  • Flower: rhododendron
  • Butterfly: monarch
  • Fruit: Golden Delicious apple
  • Plasma: Wood Rattlesnake
  • Bird: Red Cardinal
  • Fish: American whitefish
  • Tree: sugar maple
  • Animal: black bear

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