Morgantown, WV

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
140,194
0.166% 1-year growth
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
34.6
1.42% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
19%
5.06% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$60,670
7.74% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$215,300
11.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
67,794
0.361% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Morgantown, WV had a population of 140k people with a median age of 34.6 and a median household income of $60,670. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Morgantown, WV grew from 139,961 to 140,194, a 0.166% increase and its median household income grew from $56,312 to $60,670, a 7.74% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Morgantown, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.07%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.85%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.64%), and White (Hispanic) (1.18%).

None of the households in Morgantown, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.4% of the residents in Morgantown, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Morgantown, WV are West Virginia University (6,534 degrees awarded in 2022), West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown (307 degrees), and Morgantown Beauty College Inc (72 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Morgantown, WV was $215,300, and the homeownership rate was 62.3%.

Most people in Morgantown, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Morgantown, WV was 2 cars per household.

Morgantown, WV borders Clarksburg, WV, Fairmont, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA.

Population & Diversity

Morgantown, WV is home to a population of 140k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.02% of Morgantown, WV residents were born outside of the country (5.64k people).

In 2022, there were 21.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (123k people) in Morgantown, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2022 Citizenship
97.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.4% of Morgantown, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Morgantown, WV was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Morgantown, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    123k ± 508
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.7k ± 295
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4k ± 592
2.29%
Hispanic Population
3.21k people

In 2022, there were 21.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (123k people) in Morgantown, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.29% of the people in Morgantown, WV are hispanic (3.21k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,064 ± 1,115 people
  2. Germany
    1,923 ± 1,076 people
  3. China
    1,815 ± 1,045 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,064 West Virginia residents, followed by Germany with 1,923 and China with 1,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.02%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
5.64k people
4.13%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
5.79k people

As of 2022, 4.02% of Morgantown, WV residents (5.64k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Morgantown, WV was 4.13%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,231 ± 305
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,063 ± 359
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,187 ± 252

Morgantown, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Morgantown, WV employs 67.8k people. The largest industries in Morgantown, WV are Educational Services (12,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (12,385 people), and Retail Trade (6,806 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($83,738), Utilities ($81,369), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($79,981).

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,743. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.449, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

67.8k
2022 Value
± 2,099
0.361%
1 Year growth
± 4.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Morgantown, WV grew at a rate of 0.361%, from 67.6k employees to 67.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Morgantown, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,391 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (7,032 people), and Management Occupations (5,434 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Morgantown, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

67.8k
2022 Value
± 2,099
0.361%
1 Year growth
± 4.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Morgantown, WV grew at a rate of 0.361%, from 67.6k employees to 67.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Morgantown, WV, are Educational Services (12,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (12,385 people), and Retail Trade (6,806 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Morgantown, WV, though some of these residents may live in Morgantown, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,947
Median earning men ± $1,700
$32,985
Median earning women ± $1,848

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($82,006), Public Administration ($68,979), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,253).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($70,625), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,458), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($47,762).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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0.583%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 690k people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 0.583% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in West Virginia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,122
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 664
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 568
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in West Virginia went to Donald J. Trump with 68.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (29.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.34%).

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for West Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Morgantown, WV awarded 7,020 degrees. The student population of Morgantown, WV in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 11,809 male students and 13,674 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Morgantown, WV are White (5,607 and 85.6%), followed by Black or African American (265 and 4.05%), Two or More Races (245 and 3.74%), and Hispanic or Latino (239 and 3.65%).

The largest universities in Morgantown, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia University (6,534 and 93.1%), West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown (307 and 4.37%), and Morgantown Beauty College Inc (72 and 1.03%).

The most popular majors in Morgantown, WV are Registered Nursing (302 and 4.3%), Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (213 and 3.03%), and General Health & Physical Education (200 and 2.85%).

The median tuition cost in Morgantown, WV for a public four year colleges is $9,360 for in-state students and $26,568 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Morgantown, WV, the percentage of applicants admitted was 88.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 28.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 25,483 (46.3% men and 53.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 25,483 students enrolled in Morgantown, WV, 46.3% men and 53.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 20,290 records, of which 54.5% were women and 45.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 191 degrees awarded
  2. 223 degrees awarded
  3. 200 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Morgantown, WV was General Interdisciplinary Studies with 191 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Morgantown, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,534 degrees awarded
  2. 307 degrees awarded
  3. 72 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia University with 6,534 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,105 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Morgantown, WV, which is 0.793 times less than the 3,915 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,607 degrees mean that there were 21.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 265 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 2-year ($12,411) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,691) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($950) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.661% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.559% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (549k), Some college (279k), and Secondary Education (210k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Morgantown, WV was $215,300 in 2022, which is 0.764 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $193,000 to $215,300, a 11.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Morgantown, WV is 62.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Morgantown, WV have an average commute time of 23.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Morgantown, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Morgantown, WV is $60,670. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Morgantown, WV was Jefferson County, WV with a value of $93,744, followed by Putnam County, WV and Berkeley County, WV, with respective values of $75,725 and $73,619.

Property

$215,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,363
$35,389
Median Property Taxes
±$1,362

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Morgantown, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

62.3%
Homeownership
2022
64%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 62.3% of the housing units in Morgantown, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Morgantown, WV was Jefferson County, WV with a value of $93,744, followed by Putnam County, WV and Berkeley County, WV, with respective values of $75,725 and $73,619.

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Household Income

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$60,670
Median Household Income
± $1,962
56.8k
Number of Households
± 1,819

In 2022, the median household income of the 56.8k households in Morgantown, WV grew to $60,670 from the previous year's value of $56,312.

The following chart displays the households in Morgantown, WV distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Morgantown, WV is from West Virginia.
0.449
2022 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.447
2021 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.449 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.523% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.1%)
  3. Carpooled (9.62%)

In 2022, 73.5% of workers in Morgantown, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.1%) and those who carpooled to work (9.62%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Morgantown, WV have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.01% of the workforce in Morgantown, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

19% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Morgantown, WV (24.8k out of 130k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Morgantown, WV is White, followed by Two Or More and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.4% of the population of Morgantown, WV has health coverage, with 55.7% on employee plans, 13.7% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.35% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see 1270 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.626% decrease from the previous year (1278 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1740 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 670 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,270 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in West Virginia

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see an average of 1,270 patients per year. This represents a 0.626% decrease from the previous year (1,278 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in West Virginia in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.8% under 18 years, 31.5% between 18 and 34 years, 34.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.4% were men and 49.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.62%
Uninsured
55.7%
Employer Coverage
13.7%
Medicaid
11.2%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
1.35%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Morgantown, WV grew by 3.6% from 5.42% to 5.62%.

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