Lived within 70 miles of West Virginia my entire life near Blacksburg, Virginia. If you were really wanting to move to the mountaneer state I would suggest the eastern counties, Monroe county, and north. They are more farmland, and mountainous area, which have a more rural feel. I personally dont see anything wrong with the state unless you have children in the school system. It is different, and there are no real prospects of employment, the state goverment is not the best, and the population is aging so they will eventually have to increase taxation. Its a really pretty state, land there is cheap for a reason. I would avoid the Charleston, and Huntington areas, not really rural, and very poluted. Nice people, not sure I would want to take out a mortgage there.