After spending four-eight crazy years in Morgantown, W.Va. as a student, this city can start to ware on people. You may think that the first thing you want to do after graduation is get out of here, but you may want to reconsider. Nationally, Morgantown has consistently been rated as one of the best small cities to live in based on job opportunities, job growth and low unemployment rates.
For example, Kiplinger bases its best cities on criteria such as creative class, job growth, innovation, affordability and diversity. Morgantown was rated seventh for its 2013 ‘10 Greatest Places to Live.’
This isn’t the only media attention Morgantown has gained for its job-friendly environment, either. Forbes rated Morgantown 23rd in its ‘2013 Best Small Places for Business and Careers.’ Morgantown ranked 20th in Southern Living’s ‘The South’s Best College Towns.’ In addition, Morgantown has been rewarded with titles like “3rd Best Small Town in America” (Men’s Journal) ,”Best Small Place to Launch a Small Business” (Fortune) and more.
So, what exactly is so great about Morgantown?
The 2013 Economic Outlook on the Morgantown Metropolitan area says that both Monongalia and Preston Counties will continue to post solid growth in jobs, income and population for a number of years. More specifically, the Outlook estimates that Morgantown’s average annual growth throughout 2017 will be positive for real gross domestic product (2.5 percent per year), employment (1.5 percent per year), personal income (1.4 percent per year), and population growth (1.3 percent per year).
If you’re not convinced, well, who wouldn’t want to stay here just for the college football tailgate scene?