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Buckhannon ranked among best towns in W.Va.

December 2, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, conducted a study on the best towns in West Virginia for young families, and Buckhannon is in the top 10.

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: public school ratings; median home value; cost of homeownership; median income; and economic growth.

NerdWallet ranked Buckhannon 10th after assessing the town's cost of living, education system, and economic growth. Buckhannon had the second-highest rate of income growth between 1999 and 2011 of all towns in the top 10 at 51.5 percent.

"Buckhannon is situated in Upshur County, about 70 miles south of Morgantown. One of the community's major annual events is the Strawberry Festival in May, which sees 100,000 visitors enjoying strawberry treats and arts-and-crafts exhibits as well as a block party," said NerdWallet analyst Mike Anderson.

"The town is also home to major employers in the region, including Alcon, St. Joseph's Hospital,and West Virginia Wesleyan College."

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