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The Marietta, Belpre, Parkersburg, Vienna, and Williamstown real estate markets are made up of many smaller communities and neighborhoods. These present variety and each has its own unique characteristics. Whether it’s location and what’s in the neighborhood or nearby, or it’s simply the price ranges of the homes in the area, there will be differences and we want to help our site visitors to understand those differences and use the information here in making lifestyle decisions.

Use our neighborhood profiles here and map resources to determine the best areas for you, or just to familiarize yourself with the Marietta, Belpre, Parkersburg, Vienna, and Williamstown real estate markets from a “neighborhood–up” approach. Knowing the amenities and culture of these various neighborhoods will give you a better perspective on living in the Marietta, Belpre, Parkersburg, Vienna, and Williamstown real estate markets, or in selling your home’s neighborhood to potential buyers.

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Parkersburg, WV

Parkersburg, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers, is the third-largest city in the State of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Wood County and the largest city in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 31,492 at the 2010 census. Its peak of population was more than 44,000 in 1960. The city is about 14 miles south of Marietta, Ohio. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reached Parkersburg in 1857, but lacked a crossing over the Ohio River until after the American Civil War. When the B&O completed the Parkersburg Bridge (CSX) 1868-1870 to Belpre, it was the longest railroad bridge in the world. The Bureau of the Public Debt, an agency of the U.S. Treasury Department, was relocated from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the late 20th century and headquartered in Parkersburg. In October 2012, it was merged with the Financial Management Service to form the Bureau of the Fiscal Service.

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Marietta, OH

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Marietta is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Ohio, United States. During 1788, pioneers to the Ohio Country established Marietta as the first permanent settlement of the new United States in the Territory Northwest of the Ohio River. Marietta is located in southeastern Ohio at the mouth of the Muskingum River at its confluence with the Ohio River. The population was 14,085 at the 2010 census. It is the second-largest city in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, West Virginia-Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area. The private, nonsectarian liberal arts Marietta College is located here. It was a station on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. This is the site of the prehistoric Marietta Earthworks, a Hopewell complex more than 1500 years old, whose Great Mound and other major monuments were preserved by the earliest United States settlers in parks such as the Mound Cemetery.

Belpre, OH

Belpre is a city in Washington County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. The name Belpre is derived from a contraction of “Belle Prairie” (French for “beautiful meadow”), which is the original name given to the valley by French trappers passing through the area prior to settlement. Part of the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is located about 14 miles downriver from Marietta. In 1870 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad completed the Parkersburg Bridge (CSX) across the river; at 7,140 feet (2,180m), it was reportedly the longest in the world. The population was 6,441 at the 2010 census. Belpre was the second United States settlement in the Northwest Territory after Marietta. The city is home to the first library established in the Territory. Its public school hired the first female schoolteacher in Ohio.

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Vienna, WV

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Vienna is a city in Wood County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is next to Parkersburg. The population was 10,749 at the 2010 census. It is the third largest city by population in the Parkersburg-Vienna-Marietta metropolitan area. In 1794, Dr. Joseph Spencer gave the city its name after Vienna, New Jersey, where he had participated in a Revolutionary War battle. It began as a 5,000 acre settlement, a grant to Dr. Spencer for his services during the war. Charles R. Blair, was Vienna’s first mayor after it was incorporated in 1935. Vienna was known for Vitrolite production until the 1940’s.

Williamstown, WV

Williamstown is a city in Wood County, West Virginia, USA, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna metropolitan area. The population was 2,908 at the 2010 census. The Fenton Art Glass Company is located in the city. Williamstown was named for Isaac Williams, an 18th-century settler.

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