West Virginia, also known as the Mountain State, is the 10th smallest by area and the second lowest by household income in the country. The state is famous for its mountains and rolling hills, and is one of the most densely karstic areas worldwide. Charleston is both the capital and the largest city. As of 2016, the population of West Virginia is 1,831,102.
Around 530.3 incidents are annually recorded per 100,000 people in the city of Charleston in West Virginia. This rate is the highest in the state which ranks the 24th lowest in the country. The violent crime rate in West Virginia is much lower than that of Charleston, it is 337.9 per 100,000 residents.
Criminal records are fewer in places where people have good jobs and high education. In Charleston, for instance, the unemployment rate is at 4.8%, while 18.6% of the population is poor.
Capital punishment was abolished in West Virginia in 1965. Grafton and Fairmont are the safest cities.
Mugshots in West Virginia can be found in an online database which is managed by the Division of Corrections. Searches are performed via name or inmate number.
Inmate records are also handled by the County Sheriff’s office in each county. However, there is no online information here, data can be requested only by calling, writing or visiting the office.