Harpers Ferry is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 269 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Harpers Ferry is the 237th largest community in West Virginia. Harpers Ferry has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Harpers Ferry real estate is some of the most expensive in West Virginia, although Harpers Ferry house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Also of interest is that Harpers Ferry has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Harpers Ferry telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 32.21% 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.
In addition, Harpers Ferry is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Harpers Ferry is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Harpers Ferry really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Harpers Ferry perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Harpers Ferry, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 46.21 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Harpers Ferry. 64.11% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Harpers Ferry in 2018 was $53,121, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $212,484 for a family of four. However, Harpers Ferry contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Harpers Ferry home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harpers Ferry residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Harpers Ferry include English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Harpers Ferry is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.