- Morgantown, West Virginia
City of Morgantown, West Virginia — City —
Motto: Vestigia nulla retrorsum regina monongahelae Monongalia County in the State of West Virginia Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State West Virginia County Monongalia Settled 1772 Incorporated 1810 Government – Type City Manager / Council – Mayor Jim Manilla – City Manager Terrence Moore – City Council Area – City 10.1 sq mi (26.2 km2) – Land 9.8 sq mi (25.4 km2) – Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2) 3.16% Elevation 960 ft (293 m) Population (2010) – City 29,660 – Density 3,024.7/sq mi (1,167.0/km2) – Urban 111,200 – Metro 120,327 (2,009 est.) Time zone EST (UTC-5) – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) ZIP codes 26501-26508 Area code(s) 304, 681 (effective March, 2009) FIPS code 54-55756 GNIS feature ID 1555161 Website www.morgantown.com
Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County, West Virginia. It is the county seat of Monongalia County. Placed along the banks of the Monongahela River, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia, and the base of the Morgantown metropolitan area. It is best known as the home both of West Virginia University and the one-of-a-kind Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography and climate
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Education
- 5 Awards
- 6 Media
- 7 Utilities
- 8 International relations
- 9 Notable natives and residents
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
Morgantown is closely tied to the Anglo-French struggle for this territory. Until the Treaty of Paris in 1763, what is now known as Morgantown was greatly contested among settlers and Native Americans, as well as the British and the French. The treaty decided the issue in favor of the British, but Indian fighting continued almost to the beginning of the American Revolution.
Zackquill Morgan, son of Morgan Morgan, and his brother David entered the area of Virginia that would become Morgantown in about 1767, although others such as Thomas Decker are recorded as attempting settlements in the area earlier or at about the same time. As well, several forts were built in the area during this time: Fort Pierpont near the Cheat River, in 1769; Fort Coburn, near Dorsey's Knob, in 1770. Fort Morgan, at the present site of Morgantown, in 1772; Fort Dinwiddle, north several miles at Stewartstown, in 1772; Fort Martin, several miles north on the Monongahela River, in 1773; Fort Burris in the present-day Suncrest area of Morgantown, in 1774; and Fort Kern in the present-day Greenmont area of Morgantown, in 1774, in addition to other, smaller forts.
Zackquill Morgan settled the area about 1772 by establishing a homestead near present-day Fayette Street and University Avenue. Morgan fought in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of colonel. By 1783, following his wartime duties, Colonel Morgan commissioned Major William Haymond to survey his land and divide it into streets and lots. Colonel Morgan then received a legal certificate for 400 acres (1.6 km2) in the area of his settlement near the mouth of Decker's Creek. 50 acres (200,000 m2) were appropriated for Morgan's Town by the Virginia General Assembly in October 1785. On February 3, 1838, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a municipal charter incorporating the city, now with a population of about 700, as Morgantown, Virginia. The town became part of the newly created state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863, through the Reorganized Government of Virginia.
Morgantown in the media
The cable television network MTV announced in October 2006, that it would tape an eight-episode reality TV series, Show Choir, following Morgantown High School's show choir, which performs songs in four-part harmony, with costumes and choreography, on a competitive circuit. The show was scheduled to premiere Spring 2007, but as of 2010 has yet to air.
The 2006 film We Are Marshall has two brief scenes set in, but not filmed in, Morgantown.
Points of interest
- Core Arboretum
- Dorsey Knob
- Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park
- The Metropolitan Theatre (former vaudeville house)
- Warner Theatre (closed September 10, 2010)
- Monongalia Arts Center (MAC)
- Monongalia County Courthouse
- Mountaineer Field
- WVU Coliseum
- Cheat Lake
- Rail Trail
- Personal Rapid Transit system (PRT)
Notable early structures still standing in Morgantown in the mid-first decade of the 21st century include The Old Stone House, built in 1795 by Jacob Nuce on Long Alley (the modern-day Chestnut Street) and the John Rogers family home on Foundry Street, built in 1840 and occupied as of 2011 by the Dering Funeral Home.
Personal Rapid Transit System
During the 1970s, the U.S. Department of Transportation built an experimental personal rapid transit system in the city, citing the area's variable seasonal climates and geographic elevations as factors in testing the technology's viability. The Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) has been in use since 1975.
Geography and climate
Morgantown is located at . The city is located 75 miles (121 km) south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 208 miles (335 km) west of Washington, D.C., 204 miles (328 km) east of Columbus, Ohio, and 156 miles (251 km) northeast of Charleston, West Virginia. Morgantown is just south of the Mason-Dixon Line.(39.633696, -79.950670)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.2 km²), of which 9.8 square miles (25.4 km²) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) (3.16%) is water.
Climate data for Morgantown, West Virginia (Morgantown Municipal Airport) Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average high °F (°C) 39.2
63.0 Average low °F (°C) 22.3
42.9 Precipitation inches (mm) 3.27
Snowfall inches (cm) 6.6
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 16.2 13.9 14.4 14.3 13.8 11.8 11.2 10.7 10.2 10.2 13.3 15.9 155.9 Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 2.3 1.7 1.0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 1.0 6.4 Source: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Morgantown Municipal Airport is one of West Virginia's few commercial airports. It is located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of the downtown along U.S. Route 119.
The only active rail line in Morgantown is owned by Norfolk Southern with CSX trackage rights and serves a mine located northwest of Rivesville, West Virginia. Coal is the major commodity with a train serving local chemical industries such as Tanner and Chemtura that require tank cars. Recently the railroad has begun to receive untreated crossties. These are trucked in and then loaded onto high side gondolas or bulkhead flat cars.
The current railroad situation came about when Conrail was split by Norfolk Southern and CSX in 1999. CSX pays for half of the cost of maintenance for the line. CSX uses it mostly to quickly bring trains from Grafton to load at Consol's Bailey Mine and for direct access to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Morgantown relies heavily on the Monongahela River for shipping coal and other products. The river is fully navigable from its mouth at the Ohio River in Pittsburgh past Morgantown upstream to Fairmont. Morgantown Lock and Dam, located in the southern part of the city, provides a pool heading upstream towards Fairmont. Point Marion Lock and Dam, the next downstream dam, is responsible for most of the river's pool in Morgantown.
- Interstate 79
- Interstate 68
- Mon–Fayette Expressway
- U.S. Highway 19
- U.S. Highway 119
- West Virginia Route 7
- West Virginia Route 100
- West Virginia Route 705
Most of Morgantown is accessible by MountainLine bus system. Most service operates Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a very limited service operating on Sunday during the WVU school year. MountainLine's Grey Line bus operates every day of the year between Clarksburg, West Virginia and the Pittsburgh Airport. Morgantown also has the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. The system has five stations (Walnut, Beechurst, Engineering, Towers, and Medical) covering 8.65 min (13.9 km).
Morgantown is made up of several neighborhoods, some of which were previously independent towns that were annexed by the city as it continued to grow. Neighborhoods include First Ward, Woodburn, South Park, Jerome Park, South Hills, Second Ward, Greenmont, Suncrest, Wiles Hill, Sunnyside, Sabraton, the Mileground, and North Hills. While some of these, such as the Mileground, Easton, and Sabraton, are in part or entirely outside the city limits, they are still considered part of Morgantown. The Morgantown MSA contains roughly 117,000 permanent residents, excluding nearly 30,000 full-time students at West Virginia University.
Fort Burris was erected in 1774 in what became the Suncrest area of Morgantown. The fort was a settler's blockhouse located in what as of 2010 is the Summers Masonic Lodge at the intersection of Burroughs and Windsor streets.
During 1885-1888, the land in the Evansdale/Suncrest area was agricultural, with farms of 400–1,000 acres (1.6–4.0 km2). Drummond's Chapel was named after a minister who then moved to Missouri. The Evans Farm was located on land near Riverview Drive and 8th Street and was named for Colonel John Evans, who fought in the American Revolution with Morgantown founder Zack Morgan. The Krepps farmhouse was located on land where the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Engineering and Agricultural buildings would later be built. Dilley Farm was located on the other side of 8th street. The Van Voorhis Farm was large. Down Collins Ferry Road was the Anderson Farm. The Jacobs Farm was below Elmhurst and Mulberry.
Trolley cars determined how far people lived outside of the city, and did not reach to what is now Suncrest. By 1920, however, cars were becoming common.
In 1923, the Monongahela Development Company bought land from Krepps and most others else in the area. Suncrest Park bought Sears Roebuck house plans and divided Suncrest into three areas: Fairfield Street, Suncrest Park and Suncrest. No African-Americans, Jews or immigrants were permitted to buy land there. In 1928, the Suncrest Home Association developers gave 30 acres (120,000 m2) for what became Krepps Park. A civic group built facilities and the park was given to Morgantown, which made some improvements.
By 1937, Suncrest needed a town government to pave streets and provide water and sewer. Dr. Julian Leach, a WVU plant pathologist, was elected mayor; Bill Hart was a later mayor. Suncrest finally became part of Morgantown. In 1940 the Dupont industrial park around the Kenmore Street area built 100 homes with six different floor plans. From 1947 to 1950, Gunnison homes were built in the Mulberry and Lake Street areas. The development of the DuPont Ordinance Works during World War II in Westover resulted in a large number of prefabricated homes being constructed in Suncrest. Old Suncrest and Suncrest Addition were among the names given to various subsections of this growing community. The names of some streets reflected the community’s participation in various service organizations, such as Civitan, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary. Before Suncrest became part of Morgantown in 1949, it had first been incorporated in 1937 as the town of Suncrest; the name came from a developer who looked out one morning and saw the sun crest over a hill.
The area from University Avenue to the university's medical school held a racetrack at one point. When there was talk of building a medical school in West Virginia, Charleston and Huntington vied for it, but Morgantown offered to give 60 acres (240,000 m2) and provide a county hospital. A cemetery with 200 graves near what is now Ruby Memorial Hospital had to be relocated to the West Run area. Around 1928, there was an airport near where the West Virginia University Coliseum was later built.
Suncrest students attend three or four schools throughout their K-12 education, starting at Suncrest Primary School or North Elementary School, Suncrest Middle School and Morgantown High School depending on where they live.
In 2000, the White House Millennium Council designated Suncrest as a Millennium Community.
Sunnyside, located just north of downtown Morgantown, is an older neighborhood adjacent to West Virginia University's downtown campus. The neighborhood, which covers 130 acres (53 ha), is roughly bounded by University Avenue to the east, Campus Drive to the south, the Monongahela River to the west, and 8th Street to the north. Many students live there because it is affordable and is in close proximity to campus. Since 2003, Sunnyside has been classified as a "blighted district." Sunnyside is also the scene of many off-campus parties and post-game celebrations centered on Grant Avenue.
To combat the problems facing Sunnyside, the City of Morgantown and West Virginia University teamed up to establish the Sunnyside Up Project: Campus Neighborhoods Revitalization Corporation, dedicated to the redevelopment of this area. The first step was to create a comprehensive revitalization plan, which was published in Fall of 2004. The University's Summit Hall Dormitory and the new Honors Hall Dormitory are located in the southern part of the neighborhood.
First Ward is located south of High Street in Morgantown. First Ward School was formerly located there; however, it was demolished and now the city block is a park with a playground, a pavilion, and a ball field. Also located in First Ward is White Park, which includes a variety of ball fields and a skating rink. The Wharf District is located along the west side of First Ward, on the banks of the Monongahela River. The Mountaineer Mall, Morgantown's first mall, is located in First Ward. Also located in First Ward is South Middle School
South Park is across Deckers Creek from downtown Morgantown. Originally farmland, it was one of the first suburbs of Morgantown. In the early 20th century, South Park saw a housing boom, with wealthy and influential citizens settling there. The neighborhood is home to Morgantown High School, built in 1924 and was recently expanded. The neighborhood is designated a historic district by the National Register of Historic Places. Lower South Park has become a popular area for student rentals as many of the houses have been renovated to apartments. Close to downtown, it is a quick walk to many bars.
Woodburn was originally farmland on the hills to the east of downtown Morgantown. It encompasses the area enclosed by Richwood Avenue in the south and Willey Street in the north. Monongalia Avenue serves as the western boundary and the eastern boundary begins in the south at the intersection of Richwood Avenue and Darst Street, and continues north until Darst intersects with Willey Street at the beginning of the Mileground.
While originally home to small hillside farmsteads, Woodburn in the late 19th century grew into a typical city neighborhood. Many of the street names, such as Louise Ave, James St, and Ridgeway Avenue, are named for early farm families, and many of the original farmhouses remain standing in the first decade of the 21st century. The area saw a rapid growth in population at the beginning of the 20th century as home to tinsmiths from Wales who came to work in the tinplate mill that later became the Sterling Faucet plant in Sabraton. A trolley line ran the length of Richwood Avenue and originally connected downtown with Sabraton. The Welsh community was active in the Methodist Church at the intersection of High Street and Willey Street, and held picnics in Whitmore Park, the main green space in Woodburn. Many of these immigrants retained the Welsh language, and as late as the 1930s it was common to hear Welsh spoken on the streets of Woodburn and the community was known for carrying on a traditional eisteddfod every year. Woodburn Elementary School was the neighborhood school built in 1910.
Following World War II, many new families came to Woodburn, attracted by the parkland, close proximity to downtown, community atmosphere, and nearby school. Actor David Selby spent his childhood living in Woodburn. In 1950, Tom and Anna Torch opened the Richwood Avenue Confectionary, a corner store and lunch counter that served beer in large Weiss goblets from the Morgantown Glassworks. When they sold the operation in 1963 to Mario and Rose Spina, the establishment was nicknamed "Marios Fishbowl" in honor of the goblets.
A neighborhood newspaper was published here in the 1980s.
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 1950 25,558 — 1960 22,487 −12.0% 1970 29,431 30.9% 1980 27,605 −6.2% 1990 25,879 −6.3% 2000 26,809 3.6% 2010 29,660 10.6%
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,809 people, 10,782 households, and 4,183 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,736.0 people per square mile (1,056.2/km²). There were 11,721 housing units at an average density of 1,196.2 per square mile (461.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.
There were 10,782 households out of which 15.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.1% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 61.2% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $20,649, and the median income for a family was $44,622. Males had a median income of $33,268 versus $24,944 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,459. About 15.0% of families and 38.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.3% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
Following Census 2000, Monongalia County (with county seat Morgantown) and neighboring Preston County were acknowledged as a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) by the United States government. Estimates from 2004 put the Metropolitan Statistical Area population at 113,500; as of July 2005, the estimate was 114,501. Of the 10 largest cities in West Virginia, only Morgantown and Martinsburg have shown positive population growth since the 2000 census, with Morgantown growing from 26,809 to a 2007 estimate of 29,361.
West Virginia University constitutes 913 acres (3.69 km2) of the city and vicinity, and with the fall 2005 enrollment added an additional population of 27,115 students.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Morgantown has amongst the lowest unemployment rates in the United States as of early 2009.
The city is served by Monongalia County Schools. Public elementary schools in Morgantown and its surrounding area include Cheat Lake, North, Brookhaven, Ridgedale, Mountainview, Mylan Park, and Skyview. There are four middle schools: Mountaineer Middle, South, Westwood, and Suncrest. The city's two high schools are University High School, the mascot of which is the Hawks, and Morgantown High School, whose mascot is the Mohigans. The latter's name is that of a non-existent Native American tribe whose name is a combination of the words Morgantown (MO) High (HIG) Annual (AN), which was the school's yearbook. The Native American mascot and logo were adopted because of the close relation to the name Mohican, a real Native American tribe. Notable Morgantown High School alumni include screenwriter-film director Lawrence Kasdan (class of 1966), actor Don Knotts (class of 1942), college football coach Tommy Bowden (class of 1972), and TV college football analyst Terry Bowden (class of 1974).
As of April 2005, Monongalia County Schools employs 897 professional personnel and 490 service personnel, and carries an enrollment of 10,076 students, including 156 adult students at the Monongalia County Technical Education Center. Three of Monongalia County's 23 schools have earned Exemplary Achievement status, according to the West Virginia Office of Educational Performance Audits' (OEPA) report issued November 2004. In 2004, Suncrest Middle became a National Blue Ribbon School for the No Child Left Behind Act.
Other private schools include: Covenant Christian School, Maranatha Christian Academy, Morgantown Christian Academy, Trinity Christian School, St. Francis Elementary/Middle School, and the alternative, non-religious Morgantown Learning Academy.
While informal schools existed from Morgantown's earliest days, the town established a one-story, coeducational, Virginia common school in July 1803, that students attended on a tuition basis. On Nov. 29, 1814, the Virginia General Assembly incorporated Monongalia Academy, the county's first public school. Supported by obligatory surveyors' fees, the male-only institution was the equivalent of a modern-day high school. The Academy moved to a new two-story building in 1830, with principal Jonathan Haddock offering courses in geography, surveying, and navigation in addition to traditional subjects. Presbyterian minister Reverend James Robertson Moore was principal during the Academy's 1852-1864 heyday, when its enrollment included students from 14 states. In 1867, the Academy closed, and donated its land toward the establishment of West Virginia University.
The Virginia Assembly in March 1831 authorized the creation of the Morgantown Female Academy. Proceeds from the sale of the original Monongalia Academy building funded construction of a two-story school at Bumbo Lane (the modern-day Fayette Street) and Long Alley (the modern-day Chestnut Street). This school opened April 1, 1834. After the Assembly approved a charter change in 1838, the school became known as the Methodist Academy. This prompted local Presbyterians to create the Woodburn Female Seminary, for which the Monongalia Academy's Rev. Moore also served as principal. The seminary closed in 1866, and its assets, like those of the Monongalia Academy, were donated toward the future university.
Following the 1863 creation of West Virginia, the new state's first legislature created a public-school system. The act provided for the education of "free colored children", and was adapted three years later to mandate education for all African-American children. However, a two-tier system was created: White children attended a regular term (at the second former Monongalia Academy building, purchased in 1867 from West Virginia Agricultural College, the future West Virginia University), only a short term was provided for African-Americans, who met at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Beechurst Avenue.
Roman Catholic schools
A Roman Catholic elementary school, Saint Francis de Sales, began sometime prior to 1915 as a two-room school in a house on McLane Avenue in the Seneca neighborhood, and run by lay teacher Miss Sterbutsal, who became Sister M. Isabelle of the Sisters of St. Joseph. In October 1915, the pastorate of Father Peter Flynn arranged for Ursuline nuns from Louisville, Kentucky, and in 1918, under principal Sister M. Isadore, the school moved to a new building on Beechurst Avenue, adjacent to St. Theresa's Church. On June 9, 1990, the grade school moved into the former St. Francis Central High School building, and eventually into newly built facility at 41 Guthrie Lane. Its mascot is the Falcon. The Beechurst Avenue building was demolished in 2003.
St. Francis Central High School existed for several decades on Birch Street in the Evansdale neighborhood until that campus was taken over by the elementary school on June 9, 1990. Its mascot was the Trojans, and its football field was named for Father Flynn. The West Virginia University Foundation purchased its building and land in July 2003, formally selling it to WVU for $11 million in August 2004, with the university then announcing it intended to use the football and adjacent baseball fields as intramural recreation area. Through January 2006, the building housed the St. Francis middle and elementary schools.
West Virginia University (WVU)
WVU is a public land-grant university, founded in 1867. With an operating budget of approximately $654 million as of the mid-first decade of the 21st century, it also has $150 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants conducted by faculty members.
Fall 2009 enrollment was 28,839, with students from all 55 state counties, 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and 89 other nations. 2008 Basic figures regarding the student body:
- 59% residents, 41% nonresidents
- 19,510 undergraduates
- 6,541 graduate and professional students
- 51% male, 49% female
- 7% minorities
- Students residing in University housing: approximately 5,535
The 2007-08 curriculum is supported by 14 colleges and schools offering 179 bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs in the arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; engineering and mineral resources; human resources and education; journalism; law; agriculture, forestry, and consumer sciences; dentistry; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical education; plus programs at Potomac State College.
- 2010 Forbes "Best Small Places For Business And Careers" #10 
- 2010 "America's Top College Towns" 
- 2009 Forbes "Best Small Places For Business And Careers" #3 
- 2008 "Best Walking City in West Virginia", "34th Best in Country" (out of 500) by Prevention magazine & American Podiatric Medical Association
- 2007 Morgantown Named One of "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by National Trust for Historic Preservation 
- 2007 Forbes "Best Small Places for Business and Careers" #9 
- 2006 Forbes "Best Small Places"#5 
Morgantown has three newspapers. The Dominion Post is a privately owned newspaper which is published daily. It is also the only local newspaper which is not run by, or geared towards, the student population. The university-owned and student-run college newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, is published on weekdays while classes are in session, and is provided free of charge on campus and to many businesses around Morgantown. Finally, the privately-owned and student-run college newspaper, The Mountaineer Jeffersonian, published weekly on Wednesdays, is distributed free of charge on campus and to many businesses around Morgantown. It is the most recent addition to the selection of local newspapers in Morgantown.
There are also other local quasi-newspapers such as the Post Extra and the Morgantown Times, which typically feature a few local news stories and an abundance of advertisements. Both are free of charge and mass-mailed throughout the Morgantown area.
Call sign Channel Description KDKA-TV 2 CBS affiliate, Pittsburgh, Penn. WTAE-TV 4 ABC affiliate, Pittsburgh, Penn. WDTV 5 CBS affiliate, Bridgeport, W.Va. WPXI 11 NBC affiliate, Pittsburgh, Penn. WBOY 12 NBC affiliate, Clarksburg, W.Va. WQED 13 PBS station, Pittsburgh, Penn. WPCW 19 CW Television Network affiliate, Pittsburgh, Penn. WPMY 22 My Network TV affiliate, Pittsburgh, Penn. WNPB 24 West Virginia Public Broadcasting Morgantown, WV WVFX 46 Fox affiliate, Clarksburg, W.Va WPGH-TV 53 Fox affiliate, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Call sign Frequency Format Owner WCLG 1300 AM Oldies Bowers Broadcasting Corp. WCLG 100.1 FM Rock Bowers Broadcasting Corp. WAJR 1440 AM News/Talk West Virginia Radio Corporation WVAQ 101.9 FM Top 40 West Virginia Radio Corporation WWVU 91.7 FM Campus West Virginia University Board Of Governors WGYE 102.7 FM Country Burbach of de, LLC WZST 100.9 FM Adult contemporary Fantasia Broadcasting WFGM-FM 93.1 FM Oldies West Virginia Radio Corporation WKKW 97.9 FM Country West Virginia Radio Corporation WVPM 90.9 FM Public radio West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority
Cable television and cable Internet are provided by Comcast Communications. Landline telephone and DSL services are offered by Frontier Communications (due to a recent acquisition from Verizon Communications), with West Side Telecommunications telephone and DSL service available in some areas.
Cellular telephone service is available through US Cellular, nTelos, Sprint, and AT&T (formerly Cingular Wireless). Other cellular service is available through pre-paid carriers such as Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Net10, and TracFone, which typically "piggy-back" off of Sprint's network.
Trash pickup is provided by Allied Waste Industries.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Morgantown is twinned with
Notable natives and residents
- Earl E. Anderson, Ret. General, the youngest active-duty Marine to become General
- John O. Bennett, New Jersey State Senator
- Thomas Bennett U.S. Army medic and conscientious objector, awarded the Medal of Honor
- Jeff Bowden, American college football coach at the University of North Alabama
- Terry Bowden, TV college football analyst
- Tommy Bowden, college football coach
- Necro Butcher, professional wrestler
- Rich Braham, professional football player
- Marion Cannon, United States Representative from California
- Earl Lemley Core, botanist and local historian
- Lowell Cowell, former NASCAR Cup Series driver
- Danae DeMasi, Miss West Virginia (2001)
- John Douglas, American conductor and educator
- William Easterly American economist
- Robert C. Frasure, first United States Ambassador to Estonia following its independence from Soviet Union
- Robert P. George, founder of the American Principles Project
- Linda Goodman, astrologer and poet
- Kimberly Goodwin, Miss West Virginia (2005)
- Alan Henderson, professional basketball player
- Walter Hough, former curator of the United States National Museum
- Bob Huggins, West Virginia University head basketball coach
- Dwayne Jones professional basketball player
- Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter/director
- Moses Kinkaid, congressman, sponsor of the Kinkaid Land Act
- Hoda Kotb, broadcast journalist
- Don Knotts, actor
- John Laidley, a founder of Marshall University
- Frank Lovece, journalist and author
- Paul Mainieri, LSU baseball coach
- Asra Nomani, journalist, political activist
- Francis Harrison Pierpont
- Freddy Quinn, German film star and singer
- David Selby, actor
- Kimberley Starr, novelist
- Michael Tomasky, journalist and author
- Amy Townsend, Miss West Virginia (1998)
- Kim Weaver, American astrophysicist
- Waitman T. Willey, United States senator
- Michael Wardian, marathoner and ultra-marathoner
- Allison Williams, Miss West Virginia (2003)
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