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This page contains a list of cities in West Virginia, and other information about local governments.

West Virginia allows municipal charter cities. There are 55 total counties in West Virginia. All 55 are general law counties.[1]

There are 232 total municipalities in West Virginia. Of those 232, 124 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 108 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in West Virginia consists of:

  • 55 county governments.
  • 232 city governments.
  • In addition, there are 316 special districts and 55 independent school districts.[2]

City classifications:

Cities in West Virginia may be classified as:

  • Charter city: of which there are 108
  • General law city: of which there are 124

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in West Virginia

The only local units of government in West Virginia that make the initiative process available are charter cities, all 108 of which have a mandated process for charter amendment. Charter cities may also authorize initiative for ordinances.[3]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in West Virginia
City[4] Population City Type Next election
Charleston 51,177 Charter N/A
Huntington 49,253 Charter N/A
Parkersburg 31,557 Charter N/A
Morgantown 30,293 Charter N/A
Wheeling 28,355 Charter N/A
Weirton 19,651 Charter N/A
Fairmont 18,764 Charter N/A
Beckley 17,675 Charter N/A
Martinsburg 17,487 Charter N/A
Clarksburg 16,649 Charter N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of West Virginia cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 232 incorporated cities and towns in West Virginia. A full list of cities in West Virginia is available here.

See also