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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Pinch is a town in West Virginia with a population of 2,554. Pinch is in Kanawha County. Living in Pinch offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Pinch and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Pinch are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$164,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$757
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Pinch Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    2%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    19%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Pinch

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$70,875
National
$55,322
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Pinch Reviews

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Winter is horrible in this area! The roads can get pretty snowy and icy. There is pretty bad standing water just down the street from my house after it rains. And of course, who could forget the 50 million potholes that form after winter and are simply patched over (months after you've almost lost a tire in them) and then you are stuck with the ugly bumps in the road that practically throw your car out of alignment. It is a complete hot mess.
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I feel like the number of people abusing substances is growing daily. There are also a few groups of stupid teenagers who have terrorized elderly people's homes, property, and have even broken in and beat them up and stole their medicine. It is very sad that the crime rate seems to be rising, however, I wouldn't rate Pinch/Elkview as a completely awful place to live. There are still nice people who reside in the neighborhoods and participate in the community.
To be completely honest, the potholes in the road are the worst part of transportation in Elkview/Pinch. There are also some reckless drivers that don't obey traffic lights, right of ways, or speed limits, but there are just a few. Most people are decent drivers, and there are not a ton of accidents, but there is at least one once a month somewhere within or close to the area.