NerdWallet considers cost of living, education, and economic growth

San Francisco, CA - NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, conducted a study on the best towns in West Virginia for young families, and Bridgeport topped the list.

To find the best places for future parents and young families to settle down, NerdWallet analyzed data from 36 towns in the Mountain State according to five criteria:

1. Public school ratings
2. Median home value
3. Cost of homeownership
4. Median income
5. Economic growth

NerdWallet ranked the towns after assessing cost of living, education system, and economic growth. Bridgeport's school district received a perfect ten-out-of-ten rating from the nonprofit, GreatSchools. In the #5 town, Charles Town, residents experienced the highest economic growth in the past decade, with incomes increasin by 91.8 percent. And Fairmont, the #8 town, boasts the most affordable homes prices of all towns in the top ten - average home values are $86,400.

"West Virginia families buy more than just property when they settle down. They make an investment in the community," said NerdWallet analyst Mike Anderson. "These top towns have a lot to offer young families in terms of quality schools, affordability, economic growth and a central location."

Read the full study online.

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