Morgantown, WV

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Population

30,099

0.873% decline

Poverty Rate

35.5%


Median Age

24.1


Median Household Income

$37,900

6.75% growth

Number of Employees

13,738

0.852% growth

Median Property Value

$182,500

2.24% growth

About

In 2017, Morgantown, WV had a population of 30.1k people with a median age of 24.1 and a median household income of $37,900. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Morgantown, WV declined from 30,364 to 30,099, a -0.873% decrease and its median household income grew from $35,502 to $37,900, a 6.75% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Morgantown, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (84%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.31%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.51%), White (Hispanic) (2.72%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.13%). N/A% of the people in Morgantown, WV speak a non-English language, and 95.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Morgantown, WV are West Virginia University (6,640 degrees awarded in 2017), West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown (205 degrees), and Morgantown Beauty College Inc (64 degrees).

The median property value in Morgantown, WV is $182,500, and the homeownership rate is 43.3%. Most people in Morgantown, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Morgantown, WV is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Autumn sunrise scenery from the Bear Rocks area of the Dolly Sods Wilderness near Davis, West Virginia (USA). HDR composite from multiple exposures.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

Showing data at the state level for West Virginia. Hospitalization data for some states may be delayed or not reported.

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in West Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Morgantown, WV employs 13.7k people. The largest industries in Morgantown, WV are Educational Services (3,187 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,098 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,853 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,357), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($48,807), and Public Administration ($46,438).

Median household income in Morgantown, WV is $37,900. Males in Morgantown, WV have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,552. The income inequality in Morgantown, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,900

2017 value

± $4,460

6.75%

1 Year Growth

± 13.3%

Households in Morgantown, WV have a median annual income of $37,900, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $35,502 in 2016, which represents a 6.75% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,526

Average Male Salary

± $2,063

$39,552

Average Female Salary

± $1,541

In 2017, full-time male employees in West Virginia made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in West Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $63,277 ± $23,510

  2. American Indian

    $44,513 ± $30,224

  3. White

    $42,144 ± $1,238

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of West Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.42 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Morgantown, WV is from West Virginia.

0.444

2017 Wage GINI

0.444

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.108% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in West Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 109.02

  2. Census Tract 118.04

  3. Census Tract 120

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Morgantown, WV was Census Tract 109.02 with a value of $79,091, followed by Census Tract 118.04 and Census Tract 120, with respective values of $66,016 and $63,155.

The following map shows all of the places in Morgantown, WV colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

35.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Morgantown, WV (8.61k out of 24.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,297 ± 869

  2. Asian

    552 ± 221

  3. Black

    318 ± 143

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

13.7k

2017 Value

± 911

0.852%

1 Year growth

± 9.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Morgantown, WV grew at a rate of 0.852%, from 13.6k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Morgantown, WV, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,710 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,697 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,686 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Morgantown, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Morgantown, WV, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,710 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,697 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,686 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Morgantown, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.11 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.1 times), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2.06 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Morgantown, WV, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($75,000), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($59,423), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($50,534).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.7k

2017 Value

± 911

0.852%

1 Year growth

± 9.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Morgantown, WV grew at a rate of 0.852%, from 13.6k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Morgantown, WV, are Educational Services (3,187 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,098 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,853 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Morgantown, WV, by number of employees, are Educational Services (3,187 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,098 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,853 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Morgantown, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.78 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.5 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (2.01 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Morgantown, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,357), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($48,807), and Public Administration ($46,438).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from West Virginia to other states, or from other states to West Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $19.6B

  2. $7.19B

  3. $6.22B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $19.6B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($7.19B) and Coal ($6.22B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound West Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$72.2B

2020 Value

$86.9B

Projected 2045 Value

20.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound West Virginia trade was $72.2B. This is expected to increase 20.4% to $86.9B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound West Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from West Virginia to other states, or from other states to West Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $11B

  2. $7.36B

  3. $7.22B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Pennsylvania with $11B, followed by Ohio with $7.36B and Virginia and $7.22B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that West Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.1% of the population of Morgantown, WV has health coverage, with 61.8% on employee plans, 9.21% on Medicaid, 7.31% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Morgantown, WV was $9,462 in 2014. This is a 5.5% increase from the previous year ($8,969).

Primary care physicians in Morgantown, WV see 808 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.859% decrease from the previous year (815 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 865 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 443 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (19.7%). Additionally, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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808 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Monongalia County, WV see an average of 808 patients per year. This represents a 0.859% decrease from the previous year (815 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,462

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,917

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,557

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,268

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in West Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.5%, from $8,969 to $9,462.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.88%

Uninsured

61.8%

Employer Coverage

9.21%

Medicaid

7.31%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

1.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Morgantown, WV declined by 19.2% from 8.52% to 6.88%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Morgantown, WV changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 19.7% prevalence

  2. 19.1% prevalence

  3. 18.2% prevalence

McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia, at 19.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Morgantown, WV is home to a population of 30.1k people, from which 95.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.14% of Morgantown, WV residents were born outside of the country (2.15k people).

In 2017, there were 15.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.3k people) in Morgantown, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.36k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

24

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

26

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Morgantown, WV was 24.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 24, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 26. But people in Morgantown, WV are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Morgantown, WV residents was 24.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.14%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.15k people

7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.12k people

As of 2017, 7.14% of Morgantown, WV residents (2.15k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Morgantown, WV was 7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Morgantown, WV compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,603 ± 1,252 people

  2. India

    2,547 ± 1,238 people

  3. China

    2,428 ± 1,209 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 West Virginia residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

95.5%

2017 Citizenship

95.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.5% of Morgantown, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Morgantown, WV was 95.3%, 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)

    25.3k ± 608

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    1.6k ± 357

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    1.36k ± 266

In 2017, there were 15.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.3k people) in Morgantown, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.36k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Morgantown, WV as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    402 ± 110

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    235 ± 97

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    182 ± 100

Morgantown, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Morgantown, WV awarded 6,998 degrees. The student population of Morgantown, WV is skewed towards men, with 14,613 male students and 14,507 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Morgantown, WV are White (5,686 and 87.1%), followed by Black or African American (275 and 4.21%), Hispanic or Latino (220 and 3.37%), and Two or More Races (178 and 2.73%).

The largest universities in Morgantown, WV by number of degrees awarded are West Virginia University (6,640 and 94.9%), West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown (205 and 2.93%), and Morgantown Beauty College Inc (64 and 0.915%).

The most popular majors in Morgantown, WV are Journalism (296 and 4.23%), Registered Nursing (260 and 3.72%), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (228 and 3.26%).

The median tuition costs in Morgantown, WV are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $8,376 and $23,616 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 215 degrees awarded

  2. 285 degrees awarded

  3. 228 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Morgantown, WV was Sociology with 215 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 6,640 degrees awarded

  2. 205 degrees awarded

  3. 64 degrees awarded

$8,376

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Morgantown, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Virginia University with 6,640 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,269

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,729

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,269 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Morgantown, WV, which is 0.877 times less than the 3,729 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Morgantown, WV by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,686 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    275 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    220 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Morgantown, WV were to White students. These 5,686 degrees mean that there were 20.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 275 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Morgantown, WV was $182,500 in 2017, which is 0.795 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $178,500 to $182,500, a 2.24% increase. The homeownership rate in Morgantown, WV is 43.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Morgantown, WV have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Morgantown, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$182,500

2017 Median

± $9,128

$178,500

2016 Median

± $9,146

In 2017, the median property value in Morgantown, WV grew to to $182,500 from the previous year's value of $178,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Morgantown, WV compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Morgantown, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$37,900

Median Household Income

± $4,460

10.1k

Number of Households

± 628

In 2017, the median household income of the 10.1k households in Morgantown, WV grew to $37,900 from the previous year's value of $35,502.

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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Morgantown, WV 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

43.3%

2017 Homeownership

43.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 43.3% of the housing units in Morgantown, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 43.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Morgantown, WV compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

14.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Morgantown, WV have a shorter commute time (14.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.774% of the workforce in Morgantown, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

The chart below shows how the median household income in Morgantown, WV compares to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    63.7%

  2. Walked

    16.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.55%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Morgantown, WV was Drove Alone (63.7%), followed by those who Walked (16.4%) and those who Worked At Home (7.55%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Morgantown, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Morgantown, WV have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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