Morgantown is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 30,277 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Morgantown is the third largest community in West Virginia.
Morgantown real estate is some of the most expensive in West Virginia, although Morgantown house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Of important note, Morgantown is also a city of artists. Morgantown has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Morgantown’s character.
Also of interest is that Morgantown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.15% 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, Morgantown is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Morgantown culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Morgantown really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Morgantown every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Morgantown. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Morgantown benefits directly from this.
Morgantown, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
One of the benefits of Morgantown is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.65 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Morgantown, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Morgantown is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.70% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Morgantown in 2018 was $26,824, which is upper middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,296 for a family of four. However, Morgantown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Morgantown also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.08% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Morgantown is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Morgantown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Morgantown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Morgantown include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Morgantown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.