I live about twenty miles north of Clarksburg. It’s one of West Virginia’s larger “metropolitan areas”, but in a lot of ways, it’s more like a town than a city, I find.
Safety : West Virginia as a whole has a very low crime rate, people who leave their doors unlocked, et cetera. Most of the state compares favorably to Mayberry. I’m not aware of any specific crime figures for Clarksburg, but I’ve never heard anything to indicate that they’re markedly higher than anywhere else.
There’s the FBI Center, and I believe NASA has an IV&V facility down that way. These are big employers in the area. Clarksburg is at the south end of WV’s “High Tech Corridor” which basically is Clarksburg/Bridgeport, Fairmont, and Morgantown, where tech jobs have bloomed due to tax incentives.
Real estate and apartment prices vary - I can’t speak to Clarksburg’s specific market, but I am lead to believe that it’s cheaper than Morgantown’s (which I consider expensive) and more expensive than Fairmont’s (Which I consider about par for the state.) It’s worth mentioning that WV has a very low cost of living, though.
And I’m not much of a nightlife guy, so I can’t really help at all there - I do know that Morgantown and Fairmont have a lot of bars and Morgantown as a lot of clubs, if that’s your bag.
I mention all three places because they’re all close enough for easy driving. Clarksburg is exits 117-121 on Interstate 79, Fairmont is 132-139, and Morgantown is 148-155. Morgantown is West Virginia University, our largest school in the state, and it’s one of the country’s top party schools. A lot of people live in Fairmont and commute to Clarksburg or Morgantown, because the real estate is about 20% cheaper.
Happy to answer any other questions I can.