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5 Biggest Cities in West Virginia: How Well Do You Know the Mountain State?

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By    |   Friday, 03 Apr 2015 11:25 AM

Named after Queen Elizabeth, the "Virgin Queen" of England, the state of West Virginia contains a total of about 1,900,000 people.

Here are the five biggest cities in West Virginia:

1. Charleston: West Virginia's capital city is also its most populated, with 51,400 residents. The Charleston WV website has much to say about the appeal of the city. It has plenty of arts and culture activities, sporting events and great shopping adventures.

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Charleston offers local theater performances, free musical events and a variety of local art galleries to visit. It contains numerous hiking and biking trails and kayaking locations along the Coal and Elk Rivers. Charleston's 9,300-acre Kanawha State Forest is another of its most mentionable aspects.

2. Huntington: The second most populated city in West Virginia is Huntington. It is located on the Ohio River, where Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky come together. The city of Huntington was established by a local railroad owner named Collis P. Huntington.

According to the Huntington Convention & Visitor's Bureau
, he spent seven years trying to push the Central Pacific railroad through the mountains in order to link it with the Union Pacific. Modern-day Huntington features a remarkable historic district full of shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities.

3. Parkersburg: Another of West Virginia's most historic cities, Parkersburg is home to 31,492 people. It is packed with historical sites such as the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, which features the luxurious and elegantly-restored Blennerhassett Mansion.

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According to Greater Parkersburg, Parkersburg's Oil and Gas Museum is another frequently-visited landmark. Parkersburg’s Julia-Ann Square Historic District is the location of a collection of beautifully-restored 19th century homes where politicians and oil and gas barons used to call home.

4. Morgantown: This town features a wealth of green landscape that is considered ideal for outdoor activities. The West Virginia Botanic Gardens and the BOPARC Municipal Park System are two popular locations. The border of downtown Morgantown touches the main campus of West Virginia University. The largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in the world exists in Morgantown, Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

5. Wheeling: Wheeling contains the state's largest network of paved walking trails. It has 24 miles of trails laid for walking, jogging, cycling and rollerblading. In addition to Wheeling Park, the city contains 35 neighborhood playgrounds. Wheeling is home to ethnically and culturally-diverse communities. Immigrants from Western Europe, Asia and Africa alike call Wheeling home.

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