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Old 12-24-2019, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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I am considering WV for a retirement destination, and on the recommendation of some of the fine folks on this forum have been researching the Beckley area. Came across the above article, figured I'd share it-my apologies if it's already been poster. Some highlights:

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The Beckley, West Virginia, metro area is the cheapest place to live in the US.

The median home price is $110,000 and there are plenty of free entertainment and outdoor recreational activities, contributing to a low cost of living.

The metro has a small-town vibe, but also serves as a healthcare and education hub.
Sounds about perfect for me-my idea of entertainment is a trip into the backcountry (usually on a motorcycle).

I'm looking forward to trying the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route once I make the move. https://ridebdr.maps.arcgis.com/apps...a6e2e1e45e0f3d
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Old 12-25-2019, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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What are winters like in Beckley? I've been doing some research and was surprised at the total snowfall-it's actually more than I get here in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (which, if you follow the lines of latitude across is ~100 miles north of Toronto). But the temperatures are a few degrees warmer as well. Does snow stick around most of the winter, or does it dump and melt in a few days? I'm an avid motorcyclist-one of the reasons for the potential move is for a longer riding season (my private road up here will ice over, often from Thanksgiving through March). Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-25-2019, 07:24 PM
 
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I think that article is misleading. While Beckley is certainly affordable there are certainly more affordable towns in WV and elsewhere from my research. But if you're looking for a smaller town that has a lot of amenities for it's size and is still affordable then Beckley is definitely a good choice.
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Old 12-26-2019, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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What are winters like in Beckley? I've been doing some research and was surprised at the total snowfall-it's actually more than I get here in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (which, if you follow the lines of latitude across is ~100 miles north of Toronto). But the temperatures are a few degrees warmer as well. Does snow stick around most of the winter, or does it dump and melt in a few days? I'm an avid motorcyclist-one of the reasons for the potential move is for a longer riding season (my private road up here will ice over, often from Thanksgiving through March). Thanks in advance.
I lived in Beckley for a year and a half for work. The one winter I was there, the months of December and January has seemingly-endless small (2-5 inch) snow storms. There was one week where, no kidding, it snowed every single morning.

However, it typically doesn't last long. Melting will start within the same day.

I enjoyed my time in Beckley. Friendly people, plenty of outdoor amenities and I was satisfied with the dining/shopping options for an area its size.

I will say if you are expecting a growing area, that's not Beckley. Unfortunately, Beckley is not ammune from the struggles of the southern coalfields. People are slowly trickling out of the area and businesses closing.

If that doesn't bother you, then I think you have found the right fit.

Feel free to reply or DM me with other Beckley questions. Good luck with your search
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I've never lived in Beckley (or anywhere else in West Virginia), but I've vacationed there a few times. I really like it there. It's not a big city, but it does have some decent amenities. I've always found the people there to be really friendly. (I would assume that there are some unkind people in West Virginia, as there are everywhere else; but honestly, if there are, I've never met them.) The natural environment is quite beautiful; with the mountains and heavy tree coverage and nearby rivers and lakes, it might even remind you of Coeur d'Alene.

Beckley sits at the crossroads of two interstate highways (64 and 77) and it has a small airport, so it's not too hard to travel to other areas. Also, Charleston (with its larger airport) is only about an hour away. But once you get off the interstates, you'll find yourself on winding, twisting, scenic two-lane roads; the kind that just compel you to sing "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as you drive along.

OP, I would highly recommend that you pay a visit to Beckley. While you're there, be sure and visit the Exhibition Coal Mine, and Tamarack, and Pipestem State Park, among other natural attractions. And if you're a fan of the movie October Sky, the town of Coalwood is not far away. (The movie was set there, but not filmed there.) Whether or not you'll want to retire there, only you can know that. But I can't imagine you won't like it.
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Old 12-31-2019, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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I've never lived in Beckley (or anywhere else in West Virginia), but I've vacationed there a few times. I really like it there. It's not a big city, but it does have some decent amenities. I've always found the people there to be really friendly. (I would assume that there are some unkind people in West Virginia, as there are everywhere else; but honestly, if there are, I've never met them.) The natural environment is quite beautiful; with the mountains and heavy tree coverage and nearby rivers and lakes, it might even remind you of Coeur d'Alene.

Beckley sits at the crossroads of two interstate highways (64 and 77) and it has a small airport, so it's not too hard to travel to other areas. Also, Charleston (with its larger airport) is only about an hour away. But once you get off the interstates, you'll find yourself on winding, twisting, scenic two-lane roads; the kind that just compel you to sing "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as you drive along.

OP, I would highly recommend that you pay a visit to Beckley. While you're there, be sure and visit the Exhibition Coal Mine, and Tamarack, and Pipestem State Park, among other natural attractions. And if you're a fan of the movie October Sky, the town of Coalwood is not far away. (The movie was set there, but not filmed there.) Whether or not you'll want to retire there, only you can know that. But I can't imagine you won't like it.
OP: Also be sure to take in the views at Grandview Park and the New River Gorge. Both of those sites made me fall in love with southern West Virginia and I miss it everyday since I moved.
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