AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in West Virginia for 2016 using our Livability Score. The Livability Score for each city in West Virginia is calculated out of 100 from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. West Virginia has a population of 1,853,881 and a population density of 76.6 people per square mile. The capital city is Charleston and the largest city in West Virginia is Charleston. To filter the results, use the dropdown options to sort by population or category.