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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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
$178,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$742
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%

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
    180
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    38
    41
  • Robbery
    61
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    415
    500
  • Theft
    1,662
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    90
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,502
National
$55,322
Children
8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Morgantown Reviews

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If you are under 21, there is nothing to do here. I have lived here for the past eight years and am bored out of my mind most days. The best thing to do here is go outside, and when the whether is bad, you're really out of luck. There are tons of bars to choose from, making it optimal for the college students of WVU. The infrastructure is terrible here, it's only a matter of time before this town collapses in on itself, but Let's Gooooooo Mountaineers!
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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.
I lived in Morgantown for almost 3 years and it’s a love/hate relationship with this town. I liked the small town feel and the school spirit for the university but coming from the south it lacked that southern Appalachian culture I have been use to. The residents aren’t very friendly not a lot of local restarunts outside chain restaurants.
The economy/job market is so heavily dependent on the university, hospitals, and the local pharmaceutical company that has laid off employees pretty much every year I lived there that makes Morgantown’s economy for good paying jobs precarious.
Real Estate is overpriced for what you get considering the fact that the job market isn’t really that good and there aren’t a lot of local amenities that make this area attractive. The public school system isn’t great compared to national standards.

Don’t recommend moving to this area unless you have a stable job at the university or hospital. Otherwise be careful moving here.