Morgantown is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 29,219 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Morgantown is the third largest community in West Virginia.
Morgantown real estate is some of the most expensive in West Virginia, although Morgantown house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Of important note, Morgantown is also a city of artists. Morgantown has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Morgantown’s character.
Also of interest is that Morgantown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.15% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Because Morgantown has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Morgantown lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Morgantown is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Morgantown people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
Morgantown, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.65 minutes getting to work every day.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Morgantown, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Morgantown is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.70% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Morgantown in 2018 was $26,824, which is upper middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,296 for a family of four. However, Morgantown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Morgantown also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.08% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Morgantown is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Morgantown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Morgantown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Morgantown include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Morgantown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.