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Overview

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).

Demographics

People

Total Population30,364
Male Share of the Population55.9%
Female Share of the Population44.1%
Senior Citizens9%
Employed Population 16+13,296
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married24.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.7%
Median Earnings25+$32,022
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,827

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,239
% Above Poverty Level64.7%
% Below Poverty Level35.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.3%
% Using Public Transportation3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone42.4%
Median Gross Rent$742
Median House Value$178,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.5%
Irish15.3%
Italian11.6%
English9.4%
Polish5.6%
Scottish2.8%
French Except Basque2.5%
Dutch1.5%
Welsh1.3%
Arab1.1%
Swedish1%
Russian1%
Hungarian0.9%
Greek0.9%
Slovak0.8%
Czech0.8%
African0.6%
Lebanese0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Slovene0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Australian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Turkish0.1%
British0.1%
US/American0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
German0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Morgantown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monongalia County
Standard Zip Codes26506, 26501, 26508, 26505
P.O. Box Zip Codes26507, 26502, 26504
Phone Area Codes681,304
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.63
Approximate Longitude-79.94

Morgantown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMORGANTOWN LOCK & DAM
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp40 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp44 to 65 F
Annual Precip43.3 inches
StationCOOPERS ROCK ST FOREST
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp58 to 77 F
Oct Temp39 to 59 F
Annual Precip52.1 inches
StationUNIONTOWN 1 NE
Distance23.6 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp36 to 63 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 65 F
Annual Precip43.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Granville2,326$33,804
Masontown618$47,757
Reedsville484$45,536
Rivesville1,042$53,750
Westover4,180$62,679

Morgantown Public Libraries

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

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Morgantown Hospitals

Healthsouth Mountainview Regional Rehab Hospital
(Proprietary)
1160 Van Voorhis Road
(304) 598-1100
Monongalia County General Hospital
(Proprietary)
1200 Jd Anderson Dr
(304) 598-1200
West Virginia University Hospitals
(Non-profit)
1 Medical Center Drive
(304) 598-4000

Morgantown Public Schools

Eastwood Elementary School
13 South High Street
ZIP: 26501
(304) 291-9210
Primary
Total Enrollment 619
Brookhaven Elementary School
1215 Baker Street
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9236
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
Cheat Lake Elementary School
154 Crosby Road
ZIP: 26505
(304) 594-2772
Primary
Total Enrollment 851
Morgantown High School
109 Wilson Avenue
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9260
High
Total Enrollment 1763
Mountaineer Middle School
160 Crosby Road
ZIP: 26505
(304) 594-1165
Middle
Total Enrollment 518
Mountainview Elementary School
661 Greenbag Road
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9255
Primary
Total Enrollment 751
Mylan Park Elementary School
901 Mylan Park Lane
ZIP: 26505
(304) 983-7700
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
North Elementary School
825 Chestnut Ridge Road
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9280
Primary
Total Enrollment 818
Ridgedale Elementary School
1550 Goshen Road
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9231
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Skyview Elementary School
668 River Road
ZIP: 26505
(304) 284-2890
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
South Middle School
500 East Parkway Street
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9340
Middle
Total Enrollment 732
Suncrest Middle School
360 Baldwin Street
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9335
Middle
Total Enrollment 518
Suncrest Primary
523 Junior Avenue
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9347
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
Technical Education Center
1000 Mississippi Street
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9240
Other
University High School
131 Baker's Ridge Rd
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9270
High
Total Enrollment 1218
Westwood Middle School
670 River Road
ZIP: 26505
(304) 291-9300
Middle
Total Enrollment 449

Morgantown Private Schools

Trinity Christian School
200 Trinity Way
ZIP: 26505
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 289
Covenant Christian School
802 Greenbag Rd
ZIP: 26508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 119
Morgantown Christian Academy
809 Greenbag Rd
ZIP: 26508
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 83
Morgantown Learning Academy
123 Discovery Pl
ZIP: 26508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
St Francis De Sales Central Catholic School
41 Guthrie Ln
ZIP: 26508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 361
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