Shepherdstown, WV
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Shepherdstown is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,991 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Shepherdstown is the 108th largest community in West Virginia. Shepherdstown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Shepherdstown real estate is some of the most expensive in West Virginia, although Shepherdstown house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Shepherdstown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Shepherdstown is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shepherdstown who work in sales jobs (17.66%), art, media, and design (12.28%), and office and administrative support (12.00%).

Of important note, Shepherdstown is also a town of artists. Shepherdstown has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Shepherdstown’s character.

Shepherdstown is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Shepherdstown to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.13 minutes getting to work every day.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, Shepherdstown has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the train - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Shepherdstown are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.17% of adults in Shepherdstown 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 Shepherdstown in 2010 was $16,675, which is lower middle income relative to West Virginia, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $66,700 for a family of four. However, Shepherdstown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Shepherdstown is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Shepherdstown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shepherdstown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Shepherdstown include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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