Parkersburg, WV 

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Health in Parkersburg, WV

Parkersburg, West Virginia is a small city in the Mid-Ohio Valley area of the State. The health and wellbeing of its citizens are important to the community. The local hospitals provide excellent care to its patients, and there are numerous local medical facilities available for those seeking health services. In addition, there are numerous primary care physicians, specialists, and other healthcare professionals in the area dedicated to providing quality healthcare services to Parkersburg’s residents. Parkersburg also has access to many physical fitness centers as well as recreational activities such as parks and walking trails that encourage healthy lifestyles among its citizens. With an emphasis on health and wellness, Parkersburg is a great place for individuals looking for quality healthcare options.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 236 physicians per 100,000 population in Parkersburg. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Parkersburg area is 99.3 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

99.3 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Parkersburg area is 33 (100=best). The US average is 55.

33 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Parkersburg area is 81 (100=best). The US average is 87.

81 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Parkersburg commutes 17.8 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Parkersburg area is 57 (100=best). The US average is 58.

57 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Pros and cons - 5/23/2010
    Just like most places, Parkersburg definitely has it's pros and cons. The pros: pretty low crime rate (although it's growing more and more every year), typically no... Read More

    St Josephs Medical Center - 11/11/2008
    Have worked at St Josephs for the past 11 weeks as a travel RN in the CVICU. A very friendly hospital, great hospitalist and physician availability with CV surgeons of... Read More

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