Harpers Ferry is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 295 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 100.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Harpers Ferry is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harpers Ferry who work in management occupations (16.80%), healthcare (15.20%), and sales jobs (12.00%).
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.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Harpers Ferry has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Harpers Ferry is also a town of artists. Harpers Ferry has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Harpers Ferry’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.20% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Harpers Ferry is a college town. There are a lot of students in Harpers Ferry attending college, and as a result Harpers Ferry provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Because of many things, Harpers Ferry is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Harpers Ferry really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Harpers Ferry perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
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 32.09 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.
Despite being a small town, Harpers Ferry has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Harpers Ferry is a pretty powerful place. 52.17% of the adults in Harpers Ferry have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Harpers Ferry in 2010 was $53,502, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $214,008 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 German, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Harpers Ferry is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and French.