Shepherdstown is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,494 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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.70% 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.
Shepherdstown is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Shepherdstown area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Shepherdstown maintain a good 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.
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 16.44 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small town, Shepherdstown does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
Shepherdstown is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.56% of adults in Shepherdstown have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Shepherdstown in 2018 was $19,684, 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 $78,736 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, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Shepherdstown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.