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Old 03-30-2019, 07:56 PM
 
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Are there any racially diverse small towns in WV?
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:42 AM
 
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When using national metrics, all of our towns in West Virginia are small ones. I believe you could take any town in this state that has a strong connection to mining and find what you are calling "diverse" populations. Mine workers traditionally came from many backgrounds, and included both blacks and whites.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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Like CT said, WV has relatively diverse towns for their size. And hat do you consider a "small" town? Also, honestly, it's 2019, why does it need to be racially diverse? No one cares what color or ethnicity you are.
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:43 PM
 
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From what I’ve seen, look in the Eastern Panhandle(Shepherdstown is an example), White Sulpher Springs in Greenbrier County; Fayette County has Oak Hill, Mount Hope and Smithers; as well as Montgomery, Rand, Malden, Institute in Kanawha County.

McDowell County(I know guys) actually has predominantly black communities such as Northfork(known for its formerly very good HS Basketball program), Kimball and Keystone. Gary which is about 25-30% Black is also in that County. There’s also Welch.

Places like Moorefield, Lewisburg, Logan, Williamson, Hinton and some others have visible black populations as well.

Any of the cities tend to have at least a visible/decent black population, with Beckley and Bluefield being in the 20-25% Black range. In the northern half of the state, Morgantown being a college town also has a visible Asian population and attracts people of a range of backgrounds. Wheeling and Weirton in the Northern Panhandle; Fairmount and Clarksburg in North Central WV; and Martinsburg and Keyser in the Eastern Panhandle are some in that half of the state that come to mind.

A lot of this I’ve noticed from sports and my godmother/my mother’s friend is originally from Beckley/currently lives in Oak Hill. One thing my dad noticed when they went there a couple of years ago is that there are interracial couples there, as one gave him directions and that may illustrate something may not think of with WV.

Hope this helps and correct me if I’m off guys/girls.
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Old 03-31-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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From what I’ve seen, look in the Eastern Panhandle(Shepherdstown is an example), White Sulpher Springs in Greenbrier County; Fayette County has Oak Hill, Mount Hope and Smithers; as well as Montgomery, Rand, Malden, Institute in Kanawha County.

McDowell County(I know guys) actually has predominantly black communities such as Northfork(known for its formerly very good HS Basketball program), Kimball and Keystone. Gary which is about 25-30% Black is also in that County. There’s also Welch.

Places like Moorefield, Lewisburg, Logan, Williamson, Hinton and some others have visible black populations as well.

Any of the cities tend to have at least a visible/decent black population, with Beckley and Bluefield being in the 20-25% Black range. In the northern half of the state, Morgantown being a college town also has a visible Asian population and attracts people of a range of backgrounds. Wheeling and Weirton in the Northern Panhandle; Fairmount and Clarksburg in North Central WV; and Martinsburg and Keyser in the Eastern Panhandle are some in that half of the state that come to mind.

A lot of this I’ve noticed from sports and my godmother/my mother’s friend is originally from Beckley/currently lives in Oak Hill. One thing my dad noticed when they went there a couple of years ago is that there are interracial couples there, as one gave him directions and that may illustrate something may not think of with WV.

Hope this helps and correct me if I’m off guys/girls.
Just to use sports as a reference to illustrate some of this, here are some classic HS games:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imIT...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIj-...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZrM...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBKe...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ye-...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFKZ...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA6c...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqfl...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Gz...&feature=share (Bramwell is in Mercer County)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbMs...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noBZ...&feature=share


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJQt...&feature=share
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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That's a tall order. WV is one of the least diverse states in the nation.

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least...america/38262/
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:41 AM
 
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What do you consider a 'small town' - If we're talking under 2,500 then the short answer is, no, not really in West Virginia. Or much of the nation for that matter. West Virginia in general is not very diverse but there are cities such as Morgantown, Charleston, Huntington, etc that are fairly diverse (at least compared to the rest of the state). You can be in rural areas in no time from any of the cities in West Virginia. If you want to live in a diverse small town then your options are going to be much more limited- check Shepherdstown, Berkeley Springs or Lewisburg.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Like CT said, WV has relatively diverse towns for their size. And hat do you consider a "small" town? Also, honestly, it's 2019, why does it need to be racially diverse? No one cares what color or ethnicity you are.
You're joking right? Maybe not in Columbus, the DC area or the cities in West Virginia but I think you know that still certainly isn't the case in much of rural America.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Ohio via WV
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You're joking right? Maybe not in Columbus, the DC area or the cities in West Virginia but I think you know that still certainly isn't the case in much of rural America.
Not joking at all. In spite of what the news tries to portray, America overwhelmingly isn't some crazy racist place. And I've certainly never seen any overt racism in WV and I've spent a good amount of time in just about every corner of the state. As CT mentioned, WV's coal mines brought a lot of diversity into extremely rural and small towns which remain to this day. Basing a decision to move on "diversity" is absolutely absurd
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I don't agree with that assessment at all- West Virginia is not a diverse place by just about every metric you could possibly find with the exception of the cities and a handful of small progressive towns. And there are still plenty of areas where racism is alive and well. The most recent anti-Muslim displays at the State House and earlier blasting of attempts to bring Syrian refugees to the state, constant hysteria of Hispanic immigrants crossing the border, etc are a prime example of that. Not saying that is unique to just West Virginia, merely pointing out that it isn't some unheard of thought process.

Most coal towns haven't had new people move in for decades and most of those immigrants from overseas came in way back in the days of Ellis Island. I am sure there are lots of white and some African American people but we don't know the OP's background. Many of those areas have virtually zero recent immigrants from abroad, much less a Jewish or mixed race family, and few in the LGBTQ community. It isn't absurd to ask the question.
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