Harpers Ferry, WV
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Living in Harpers Ferry


Harpers Ferry is a tiny town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 282 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Harpers Ferry is the 220th largest community in West Virginia. Much of the housing stock in Harpers Ferry was built prior to World War II, 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.

Harpers Ferry is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Harpers Ferry is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harpers Ferry who work in management occupations (27.62%), sales jobs (24.76%), and teaching (9.52%).

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.

In addition, Harpers Ferry is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

One downside of living in Harpers Ferry, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.14 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

In Harpers Ferry, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Harpers Ferry is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Harpers Ferry are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.43% of adults in Harpers Ferry 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 Harpers Ferry in 2018 was $41,299, which is wealthy relative to West Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $165,196 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Harpers Ferry include Irish, German, English, Dutch, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Harpers Ferry is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.