West Virginia Cities & Towns
West Virginia cities and towns vary greatly in size and dimension. The often follow the courses of rivers and ascend steep mountain slopes. Cities and towns in West Virginia, officially known as incorporated communities, are governed by mayors and town councils and function independently of the county or counties in which they may be located. Some West Virginia towns, particularly those located in rugged country, have been abandoned over time. Some that remain, though uninhabited or virtually so, are now ghost towns and often appear in databases as "historical" communities.