Morgantown, West Virginia

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Morgantown, West Virginia

Introduction to Morgantown, West Virginia

The West Virginia city of Morgantown is located in Monongalia County on the banks of the Monongahela River. It is situated along the Pennsylvania border and is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. Nearby large cities include Fairmont (19 miles to the southwest), Clarksburg and Bridgeport (35 miles to the southwest), and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (75 miles to the north). Morgantown is served by two major interstate highways (I-79 and I-68), which intersect in the city.

Named for its founder Colonel Zackquill Morgan, Morgantown became part of the newly created state of West Virginia in 1863 when slave-free counties seceded from the state of Virginia. Incorporated as a city in 1901, Morgantown is home to West Virginia University, the largest institution of higher education in the state with an annual enrollment of more than 25,000 students. Morgantown is part of one of the major growth areas in the state of West Virginia. Monongalia County was the only north central county to experience population growth in the past 20 years, and was one of the fastest growing counties in the state during the 1990s. Today Morgantown is the medical, commercial, and cultural focal point of the region.

Things to do in Morgantown

The Greater Morgantown area offers indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. From the historic downtown area to the region's many recreational sites, there’s always something to do. A few of the local points of interest are the following:

  • Core Arbotoreum: Features hiking trails with a varied array of wildlife species.
  • Big Bear Lake (Bruceton Mills): Recreational camping and outdoor activities.
  • Cheat Canyon: 13 miles of world-class white water.
  • Metropolitan Theatre: A former vaudeville house turned movie theater.
  • Morgantown Fun Factory: An indoor play center for families with young kids.
  • Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum: Replica of a turn-of-the-century West Virginia pharmacy.
  • Easton Roller Mill
  • Monongalia Arts Center (MAC)
  • Comer Museum
  • Morgantown Glass Museum
  • Valley Falls State Park (Fairmont)
  • West Virginia Botanic Garden

Fans of Division I collegiate sports can catch games played by the athletic teams of West Virginia University's Mountaineers. The school is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big East Conference. The two major sports at the university are football (played at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium) and basketball (played at the West Virginia University Coliseum). The university's baseball program is also a strong one and many of the other Mountaineer sports have large followings as well.

Major league professional sports action can be found within a 90-minute drive to the city of Pittsburgh. Fans can watch Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates. The National Football League is represented by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the city's National Hockey League entry is the Pittsburgh Penguins. Other Pittsburgh professional teams include the Riverhounds of the United Soccer League and the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the Continental Basketball Association (CBL).

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High Points

Morgantown strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in West Virginia):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Morgantown College Educated Adults
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Morgantown Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Morgantown Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Morgantown Affordability of Rents
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 8% Morgantown Racial Diversity
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Morgantown Short Commute Times
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 12% Morgantown Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Morgantown, West Virginia

Comparing Morgantown to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in West Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 4 1
Racial Diversity 3 10
Well-Paid Single Men 1 6
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 4 9
People in Middle Class or Better 1 2
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 8 9
Public Transportation Use 5 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 2
People Living Alone 10 8
Affordability of Rents 10 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 3
Housing Recently Built 2 5

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Morgantown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 56 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Monongalia
Standard Zip Codes 26501, 26505, 26506, 26508
P.O. Box Zip Codes 26502, 26504, 26507
Phone Area Codes 304
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.629
Longitude -79.956

Morgantown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 77 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
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Morgantown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 26,809 100%
Male 13,711 51.1%
Female 13,098 48.9%
Under 18 2,963 11.1%
18+ 23,846 88.9%
65+ 2,779 10.4%
Median Age 23.1
Average Family Size 2.76
White 23,990 89.5%
African-American 1,113 4.2%
Asian 1,113 4.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.2%
Other 138 0.5%
Mixed Race 397 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 412 1.5%

Estimated Morgantown Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 28,292
Growth 1,483
Growth % 5.5%

Morgantown Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 17.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.5%
Irish 12.7%
Italian 12%
English 10%
US/American 7%
Polish 4.7%
Scotch-Irish 3.2%
Scottish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
European 1.5%
Welsh 1.1%
Slovak 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Swedish 0.7%
British 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
African 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Morgantown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Booth (26505)
Everettville (26505)
Little Falls (26508)
Sabraton (26505, 26508)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Morgantown 26,809 $44,622
Granville 778 $26,806
Masontown 647 $29,886
Reedsville 517 $34,219
Rivesville 913 $35,417
Star City 1,366 $37,500
Westover 3,941 $43,469

Morgantown Public Libraries

Morgantown Public Library
Morgantown, West Virginia
(304) 291-7425

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Morgantown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(304) 598-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(304) 598-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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5005 Greenbag Road
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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