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Civics 58
Demographics 21
Economy 39
Education 74
Health 75
Housing 49
Infrastructure 54

#78. Morgantown, WV

This thriving college town is more than West Virginia University’s Mountaineers football games (though they are quite popular). Stretched along the banks of the Monongahela River near the Appalachian foothills, visitors and residents enjoy year-round outdoor activities at nearby rivers, valleys, mountains and lakes. The charming downtown is rich with history, highly rated restaurants, plentiful shopping and local art boutiques. Morgantown, WV has all the energy of a young college town along with the natural beauty of a world-class outdoor destination. 

Top Colleges/Universities: West Virginia University

Top Industries & Employers: The top employment sectors are educational services, accommodation and food services, health care; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction.

Weekend Plans: With more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, sandstone cliffs for rock climbing, a peaceful lake for paddling and a nearby river for rafting, Coopers Rock State Forest is easily the best spot to visit for nature lovers. 

Favorite Place to Feast: Opening in 2007, Sargasso was the first fine-dining restaurant in the city. 

Beloved Beverage: For your wine fix, stop by the family-owned Forks at Cheat Winery for a complimentary wine tasting. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Hike to the top of one of the highest peaks in the area, Dorsey’s Knob, where you can check out panoramic views overlooking the Monongahela River and the Appalachian Mountains.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Bring your dog to spend the afternoon with you at West Virginia’s oldest operating brewery, Morgantown Brewing Company.  

Remote Work Perk: West Virginia offers remote workers $12,000 plus a free year of outdoor recreation if they make cities like Morgantown their home for two years. 

One More Thing … At every West Virginia University home game, the crowd has been singing John Denver’s classic song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” since 1972.

– Brittany Anas

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