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Morgantown, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Morgantown is the 3rd largest city in West Virginia with a population of 32,298 as of July 1, 2016. Morgantown ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Morgantown is located at latitude 39.6376 and longitude -79.9467 in Monongalia County. The formal boundaries for the City of Morgantown (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.45 sq. miles. Monongalia County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 889 feet.

The City of Morgantown (GNIS ID: 2390619) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Morgantown is located within Central District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Monongalia County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Morgantown population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Morgantown: Monongahela Court House, Morgan Town, Morgans Town, Morganstown, Morgans-Town.

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Morgantown, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 32,298
Population in Households 26,247
Population in Familes 10,588
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,051
Population Density1 3,235
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 12,782
Average Household Size 2.05
Family Households 3,921
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,847 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,772 (27.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,011 (65.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,065 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $172,542
Average Home Value $203,478


Median Household Income $26,386
Average Household Income $45,549
Per Capita Income $20,120
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.26% 1.25%
Households 1.35% 1.42%
Families 0.14% 0.98%
Median Household Income   -0.32%
Per Capita Income   0.62%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Morgantown, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Morgantown to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density1 # 7 99th
Diversity Index2 # 32 92nd
Median Household Income # 380 6th
Per Capita Income # 240 41st

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