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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Morgantown is a town in West Virginia with a population of 30,099. Morgantown is in Monongalia County and is one of the best places to live in West Virginia. Living in Morgantown offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Morgantown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many young professionals live in Morgantown and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Morgantown are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$182,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$779
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Morgantown Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    182.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    32
    40.7
  • Robbery
    51.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    281.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,182.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    73.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    5%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    43%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Morgantown

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,900
National
$55,322
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Morgantown is a gorgeous city located right on the Monongahela river. I would recommend it to anyone just driving by but especially for college students! WVU is a gorgeous campus spread throughout downtown Morgantown that has wonderful programs and people! Morgantown also has a lot of stores and restaurants to spend time and money at for anyone visiting, Morgantown is also surrounded by so many amazing activities in the rolling hills of West Virginia!
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I am currently at West Virginia University. I feel as if my education background has been strong as I am going into my junior year as an Animal Science major. From primary school to college, I have been prepared well and have had the most wonderful teachers. There are also many opportunities for students along with many activities. With a large university in town, sports are always around to watch with family and friends. I also feel as if Morgantown is safe town because I have not had any issues throughout my 21 years living in Morgantown. In my opinion, it is very family friendly. There are many ways of transportation but I will say there are some issues. For example, there are not always sidewalks for walkers or bikers. Due to weather conditions, new pot holes are always arising and are not always filled or roads repaved. We also have the PRT for the public and students which is convenient but breaks down occasionally. Overall, I love the town I have lived in all my life.
I have enjoyed living in Morgantown these past 3 years. Public transportation is easy to come by and works relatively well. However, it can sometimes be very difficult when driving if there are exceptionally large potholes in the middle of the road. Also, I feel it is very dangerous for pedestrians that there are multiple areas in this town where there can be green traffic lights at the same time as pedestrian walks signals. Multiple students and permanent residents have been hit by vehicles, and many student fear getting hit often.