Harpers Ferry is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 291 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Harpers Ferry is the 220th largest community in West Virginia. Much of the housing stock in Harpers Ferry was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
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 96.77% 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 (23.39%), healthcare (13.71%), and the sciences (12.90%).
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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.48% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
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 35.54 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.
In Harpers Ferry, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Harpers Ferry is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Harpers Ferry is a pretty powerful place. 53.76% 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 $52,587, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,348 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 Italian and Spanish.