Morgantown, WV
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Living in Morgantown


Morgantown is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 30,549 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 88.47% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Morgantown is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Morgantown who work in teaching (13.67%), food service (11.88%), and office and administrative support (10.69%).

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.

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 17.50 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.

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.

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 52.32% 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 $25,937, 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 $103,748 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 32.62% 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, Italian, English, and Polish.

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