Shepherdstown, WV
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Shepherdstown is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,911 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Shepherdstown is the 108th 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 86.95% 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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Shepherdstown who work in personal care services (17.57%), sales jobs (12.02%), and office and administrative support (10.59%).

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.

Overall, Shepherdstown’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

In terms of college education, Shepherdstown is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.95% of adults in Shepherdstown have a college degree.

The per capita income in Shepherdstown in 2018 was $17,637, 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 $70,548 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 German, Italian, Irish, English, and Scots-Irish.

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