Morgantown, WV is one of the fastest growing areas in West Virginia and is home to the largest institution of higher education in the state, West Virginia University.
There are many large organizations that call Monongalia County, the county in which Morgantown is located, home. Because of organizations such as West Virginia University, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Monongalia County continually posts one of the lowest unemployment rates in West Virginia.
2007: 9th Best Boomtown City in the Country, Inc.com
2007: 9th "Best Small Place for Business and Careers" in US by Forbes
2006: 29th Smartest Place to Live in US, by Kiplinger's Personal Finance
2006: 5th Best Place for Business and Careers (Metros less thank 150,000), by Inc. Magazine
2004: 3rd Best Small town in America, by Men's Journal
2003: Well Workplace Bronze Award, by the Wellness Councils of America
2003: Graded "A" in Economic Development (#21 our of 496 micro-politan areas) by BizJournals.com
2001: Morgantown Web Site Recieves the Community Silver Award
2000: #1 Dreamtown in Country, by BizJournal.com
1998-2000: Morgantown named a Tree City USA
The majority of the county's land is rural, providing excellent scenic views and opportunities for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, and numerous other outdoor activities, some of which are listed below.
Additionally, Morgantown is home to a number of restaurants, shopping centers, and a thriving art community that hosts theatrical productions, musical performances and art exhibits throughout the year. Listed below are some notable cultural amenities.
Mon River Trail
Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa
Monongalia Arts Center
WVU College of Creative Arts
Convention and Visitors' Bureau
Main Street Morgantown