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A+ Morgantown Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Morgantown Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% higher than West Virginia
Morgantown
973% less expensive than the US average
West Virginia
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Morgantown cost of living
B+ Morgantown Crime Total crime is 18% lower than West Virginia
Total crime
1,80435% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5635% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-25%Year over year crime is down
Morgantown crime
D- Morgantown Employment Household income is 17% lower than West Virginia
Median household income
$35,50236% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,20922% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%2% lower than the US average
Morgantown employment
F Morgantown Housing Home value is 66% higher than West Virginia
Median home value
$178,5003% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74222% lower than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Morgantown real estate or Morgantown rentals
C Morgantown Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than West Virginia
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
51%4% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Morgantown K-12 schools or Morgantown colleges

Living in Morgantown, WV

Located in the state of West Virginia, Morgantown is a medium-sized city with a population of 30,364 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,041 people per square mile, Morgantown is well above the nation's average density level. At 87%, the majority of the Morgantown population is White; this is followed by 6% Black and 5% Asian. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Morgantown residents is 24. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Morgantown might be a good fit as 73% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 65% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Morgantown, West Virginia could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Morgantown, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, education, employment and more.

The livability score in Morgantown is 73 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 76th percentile of all cities across America. Based on the grades for each individual category, Morgantown has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and crime (B-). Morgantown does not rank well for the following: employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Morgantown has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Mountaineer Field, West Virginia University, and Forks of Cheat Winery.

Morgantown real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Morgantown. The median home price for Morgantown homes is $178,500, which is 66.2% higher than the West Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Morgantown, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 100% higher than the West Virginia average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Morgantown area were 2.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Just south of the Pennsylvania border along Interstate 79 lies Morgantown, West Virginia, a city that has been on the rise over the course of the past few years. I absolutely love living in Morgantown. There is always something to do. Whether it be going for a hike at Cheat Lake or heading into downtown for a nice meal and cocktail at Tin 202, there is something for just about everyone.

The nightlife is most likely best for the aged 21 and over crowd since the famous, or infamous depending on who you speak with, West Virginia University calls Morgantown home. Morgantown being a, “College town,” means that there are quite a few more renters than there are homeowners, and the cost of home ownership has risen over the past five years.

I have learned the hard way that winter can make living in Morgantown especially difficult! Low temperatures and a hefty amount of snow makes commuting unpredictable at best. However, do not let the temperature stop you, because the sites around Morgantown still look beautiful under a blanket of snow.
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Source: The Morgantown, WV data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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