Parkersburg is the third-largest city in West Virginia, with a population of around 31,000. The city’s population has been on a slow decline since 1960 due in part to a lack of jobs and a rising cost of living in the state. The city has retained a “small town” feel, which is attractive to many residents. The crime rate is higher than the national average, but a lot of that is due to the small population (so any crime stands out). There were only 66 cars stolen in 2012, so auto insurance rates aren’t affected much by local crime. This is good news if you’re exploring the options for cheap insurance Parkersburg can offer. The more you shop, the more you save.
The rivers and the port have great views of West Virginia’s natural landscape. The annual wine festival brings a number of tourists to the town each year, as do the local historic buildings and museums (such as the Chancellor House).
Rates can very between North and South Parkersburg, so if you’re thinking of moving be sure to get quotes for both areas. The differences are usually due to traffic patters, crime rates, accident rates, and population density.
Traffic isn’t bad in the city, but there are also no real public transportation options of you’re a daily commuter. Keep this in mind when shopping for your insurance. The more miles you drive each year, the higher your rates will be.
If you are employed in the education, government, or medical fields be sure to ask your agent if you qualify for any additional discounts!