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 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 19.13 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

For a small town, Shepherdstown has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the train. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Shepherdstown exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

Shepherdstown is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.17% of adults in Shepherdstown 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 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.