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).


Total Population 30,164
Male Share of the Population 56.2%
Female Share of the Population 43.8%
Senior Citizens 9.3%
Employed Population 16+ 13,391
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 23.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $70,271
% Above Poverty Level 65.9%
% Below Poverty Level 34.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%


People Living Alone 45.9%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $172,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 10%
Irish 16.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

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 (26508, 26505)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Granville 1,966 $39,648
Masontown 602 $48,438
Reedsville 508 $36,667
Rivesville 1,025 $52,614
Westover 4,145 $56,505

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Morgantown Public Libraries

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Morgantown Hospitals

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(304) 598-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

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(304) 598-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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