A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$699
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    149
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    38
    41
  • Robbery
    70
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    490
    525
  • Theft
    1,559
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    85
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,090
National
$53,889
Children
7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Morgantown Reviews

76 reviews
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Morgantown is a great place to be in the summer! From swimming, hiking, biking, there is a lot to do outdoors. If you love to hike and bird watch, the arboretum is the place to be. It's great in the hotter months because it has so much shade. There are hiking trails at Cooper's Rock as well as Chestnut Ridge. The botanical garden is great place to view wetlands. There are two pools in Morgantown, Krepps and Marilla. Marilla has two waterslides. There are also several rail trails, Decker's Creek, as well as the Mon River trail. Morgantown is a great place to raise children. There are lots of playgrounds, and one of my favorites is Tugboat Depot! The only thing I would change about Morgantown is the traffic. I'm glad the University encourages growth, but traffic patterns must adapt accordingly.
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Morgantown, WV is a very vibrant community with lots of wonderful people and businesses. Although I personally think that the consumption of smaller businesses and expansion of property all by the university--housing in particular--is hurting the city. Its poorly kept or cleaned and the roads are in horrible condition. I assume this is due to the decreasing income from property tax that the university is exempt from. That being said the town is great and I've enjoyed my time here tremendously, buy I'd like to see the city better taken care of, and perhaps the university step back and allow other businesses to generate independently. I believe this would help the local economy and improve the overall state and quality of the city.
I lived in Morgantown while working on my undergraduate degree at West Virginia University. I loved how everything was convenient whether it was places to shop for groceries, restaurants, or places to just hang out with friends. Morgantown also offered places where you could get a breath of fresh air... literally!! Across the street from the Creative Arts Center were several trails in a peaceful wooded area that were a great place to escape from the constant practicing and studying. The high level of camaraderie is something I do not think can be matched at other schools. Furthermore, a visit to Morgantown is not complete without checking in with a couple of professors. College can be a stressful time but having teachers that care about your well-being and your success makes the journey worthwhile. My time in Morgantown was one of the happiest chapters of my life and my heart will forever be with the mountains.