Harpers Ferry, WV
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Harpers Ferry is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 282 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Harpers Ferry is the 220th largest community in West Virginia. Harpers Ferry has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Harpers Ferry real estate is some of the most expensive in West Virginia, although Harpers Ferry house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Harpers Ferry is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Harpers Ferry is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harpers Ferry who work in management occupations (27.62%), sales jobs (24.76%), and teaching (9.52%).

Also of interest is that Harpers Ferry has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Harpers Ferry is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Harpers Ferry is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Harpers Ferry a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Harpers Ferry has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Harpers Ferry’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Harpers Ferry is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Harpers Ferry, the average commute to work is 37.14 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Harpers Ferry is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The citizens of Harpers Ferry are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.43% of adults in Harpers Ferry have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Harpers Ferry in 2018 was $41,299, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $165,196 for a family of four. However, Harpers Ferry contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Harpers Ferry home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harpers Ferry residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Harpers Ferry include Irish, German, English, Dutch, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Harpers Ferry is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.