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Morgantown, West Virginia

Morgantown is a city located in Monongalia County, West Virginia on the banks of the Monongahela River. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,809. Morgantown is home to West Virginia University which constitues 913 acres of the city and vicinity. It is the county seat of Monongalia County6.


\nMorgantown is located at 39°38'1" North, 79°57'2" West (39.633696, -79.950670)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.2 km² (10.1 mi²). 25.4 km² (9.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.16% water.


As of the
census1 of 2000, there are 26,809 people, 10,782 households, and 4,183 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,056.2/km² (2,736.0/mi²). There are 11,721 housing units at an average density of 461.8/km² (1,196.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 89.48% White, 4.15% African American, 0.17% Native American, 4.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 1.54% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,782 households out of which 15.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.1% are married couples living together, 7.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 61.2% are non-families. 37.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.08 and the average family size is 2.76.

Morgantown's age distribution, which is heavily influenced by the presence of West Virginia University, is: 11.1% under the age of 18, 44.7% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 13.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 23 years. For every 100 females there are 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 105.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $20,649, and the median income for a family is $44,622. Males have a median income of $33,268 versus $24,944 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,459. 38.4% of the population and 15.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.3% are under the age of 18 and 8.3% are 65 or older. Note, however, that traditional poverty statistics can be misleading when applied to communities with large student populations, such as Morgantown.