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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.28% 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.
One of the benefits of Morgantown is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.82 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.
Many people in Morgantown take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Morgantown citizens for affordable transportation.
The citizens of Morgantown are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.70% of adults in Morgantown 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 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.