Morgantown, WV
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Morgantown is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 30,855 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Morgantown is the fourth 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.

Morgantown is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Morgantown is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Morgantown who work in teaching (12.84%), food service (11.56%), and sales jobs (11.12%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Morgantown telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.28% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Because Morgantown has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Morgantown lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Morgantown is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Morgantown people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Morgantown spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.82 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

A lot of people in Morgantown take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Morgantown, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

Morgantown is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.70% of adults in Morgantown have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Morgantown in 2010 was $23,209, which is upper middle income relative to West Virginia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,836 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 35.33% 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 Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Morgantown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.