Beckley

8 reviews
  1. Town in West Virginia
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Real Estate
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$107,800
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$684
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    739
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    108
    37
  • Robbery
    210
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,591
    575
  • Theft
    5,382
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    233
    257

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$33,616
National
$53,046
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

8 reviews
  • Excellent
    2
  • Very Good
    0
  • Average
    6
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    0
Beckley is a relatively small town located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Here, residents live with a dying coal mining industry resulting in a major deficit of jobs. They primarily survive on big business and international chains to provide them food, clothing, and daily necessities. As a generally family-populated town, you can find many adults to be either overweight due to a laziness in society or underweight due to drug addiction; the kids, however, tend to stay active, healthy, and youthful. Nights are boring or fearful depending if you're inside your home or on the street outside your home and the real-estate market is far from bustling due to the owner-clinginess of his or her homes and the lack of budget to build more. The state and local budget does not lack with just residential homes, but within the public schools too. Many classrooms cannot purchase new textbooks or study material, so teaching emphasis and curriculum is put on obsolete concepts.
  • Current Resident
  • 1 month ago
There are great people here. Most people are not just nice, but genuinely good people. Over the last ten years roughly pain medication has really grabbed a hold of a lot of people, and this has caused issues with crime. Another thing that has hit the area hard is the regulations on the coal mines that have pretty much wiped them out. What most people do not realize is that the coal mines supply so much money to the entire city, county, and state and without that cash businesses have had to cut back. I hope our little town can turn it around because like I said there are great people here.
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
Beckley is a small city that is surrounded by rural areas. The city itself is limited in fun activities to do, however, it is close to many fun state and national parks as well as great activities that are within driving distance of 30 to 60 minutes. Beckley is close to Winterplace ski resort and there is access to several white water rafting and outdoor activities.
  • Nearby Resident
  • 26 days ago