Shepherdstown is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,531 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Shepherdstown is the 124th largest community in West Virginia. Shepherdstown has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 87.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Shepherdstown is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shepherdstown who work in office and administrative support (16.18%), personal care services (15.95%), and management occupations (13.15%).
A relatively large number of people in Shepherdstown telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.47% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
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 19.07 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
As is often the case in a small town, Shepherdstown doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The citizens of Shepherdstown are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.04% 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 2018 was $21,001, 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 $84,004 for a family of four.
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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Shepherdstown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.