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Living in West Virginia

West Virginia

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a West Virginia Symphony concert in the evening. According to the 2000 Census Report, West Virginia has a population of more than 1.8 million people. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded in 1863, you are part of our community.


Morgantown is regularly recognized as one of the top small cities in the nation, based on access to healthcare, support for schools, good jobs, low cost of living and other measures of livability. The City of Morgantown is the county seat of Monongalia County, population is 83,918, located along the Pennsylvania border in the north central part of West Virginia. Morgantown (pop. 28,292) is the home to West Virginia University, the largest institution of higher education in the state with an annual enrollment of 26,051 students (Fall 2005); and is the medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the region. Daytime population estimates 50,000 in Morgantown and it has been one of the fastest growing counties in the state. The public school system is excellent; students consistently score among the highest in the region on standardized tests. Residents enjoy an uncommonly high level of public safety, with a very low crime rate.