Yes, I do. And that’s understandable. I went through the same iterations before I moved here.
Not going to lie, Clarksburg does have drug problems, especially in the city proper. Those who have rented places in Clarksburg who I have spoken with have not said good things about it. But Clarksburg gets most of the attention when it shouldn’t. The surrounding communities are actually good places to raise a family. Bridgeport, for example, is where a lot of people tend to rent their apartments/buy their homes because it is safer and more developed. And it is also really close to the facility you would work at (literally less than five minutes). Fairmont, about 15 to 20 minutes away, is another hotspot. One of things you will notice is that the area (besides Clarksburg) is relatively calm and quiet - small towns, not a whole lot going on. This could be a pro or con obviously depending on the person. But overall, I think it is a good place for a family. And if you are able to, I would recommend driving through to get a feel. If you are more a city than country person, Morgantown, WV, home to West Virginia University, is also a popular place. And that’s about 30 minutes away.