Ravenswood, Ripley Rank Among Safest Cities In WV

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email
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Updated: 2/19/2015 5:30 P.M.

Two Jackson County cities are among the safest in West Virginia.

The list ranks Ravenswood at number two and Ripley at number four.

Ravenswood's mayor says it's thanks to the city's police department cracking down on drug in his city.

The city of Weston was number one.

Of Wood County cities, Vienna ranked number ten and Parkersburg was number 23.


Updated: 10/21/2014 3:45 PM

Three cities in the region rank among the top ten safest cities in West Virginia.

Vienna is number nine.

The online brokerage company Movoto, based in Salinas, California, ranked West Virginia cities with at least a population of 3,000, according to instances of major crimes, ranging from murder to burglary.

Venna's mayor is pleased at the results, but adds the reasons go beyond the reach of city government and the police department.

"It's also a credit to the neighbors who live here," says Mayor Randy Rapp. "People keep an eye on what goes on in their neighborhoods. We've got good communication. We know when things are happening, and we try to get ahead of those problems."

this isn't the first time a survey has given high marks to Vienna.

A year ago, it ranked near the top of the best places for young people to live in West Virginia.

two jackson county cities also ranked in the top ten.

Ripley was second to the safest city overall, Weston, and Ravenswood ranked eighth, just above Vienna.

Parkersburg ranked 25th, the highest of the state's largest cities.

High rankings for the City of Vienna.

The mayor says he's pleased, but not surprised.

The consumer advocacy website Nerd Wallet ranked several West Virginia cities according to their local economies, schools and affordability.

Vienna ranked fourth thanks to its nationally-recognized Jackson Middle School and access to recreation.

"A great place to live, a great place to worship, we offer excellent restaurants and good shopping," says Mayor Randy Rapp. "And within a 35-mile radius, this is the place to come to."

The City of Bridgeport topped the list, followed by Hurricane and Nitro.

Charlestown rounded out the top five.

Click on the link to the right to learn more about the study.

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