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Charleston Sixth Among U.S. Cities for Access to Health Care, Affordable Housing

Steve Shaluta
West Virginia Division of Tourism

Charleston, West Virginia, is a good place for health care and home affordability.  The capital city was ranked in the top 20 by a national financial information company.

Charleston ranks sixth among the U.S. cities surveyed by smartasset.com, a financial advice website.   The city rated well in home affordability, with an average house costing 132 thousand dollars.  There are 272 doctor's offices and 470 nurses per 100,000 residents.

A.J. Smith, the managing editor of smartasset.com, says for people looking for an affordable place to live, this information is valuable.

"I think it can be useful for people who are looking to settle down if you're a family and that's one of your priorities to be in a area that has good health care or lots of health care, an opportunity for doctors’ offices in the area, it can be helpful.  But also for people looking for employment perhaps.  These are good spots to look if you are going into health care.  It could be a spot with job opportunities for you and also affordable housing so you could actually afford to live."

Youngstown, Ohio was rated number one for home affordability and access to health care this year.  Charleston ranked 13th in last year’s survey.

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