Shepherdstown, WV
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Shepherdstown is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 2,079 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Shepherdstown is the 108th largest community in West Virginia. Much of the housing stock in Shepherdstown was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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 93.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Shepherdstown is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shepherdstown who work in food service (16.83%), art, media, and design (12.52%), and sales jobs (10.50%).

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 small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Shepherdstown to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Shepherdstown spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.00 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Shepherdstown ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Shepherdstown, 47.27% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Shepherdstown in 2010 was $14,591, which is low income relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,364 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 Scots-Irish.

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