Shepherdstown is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,531 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Shepherdstown is the 124th largest community in West Virginia. Shepherdstown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Shepherdstown real estate is some of the most expensive in West Virginia, although Shepherdstown house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Shepherdstown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Shepherdstown is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shepherdstown who work in office and administrative support (16.18%), personal care services (15.95%), and management occupations (13.15%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.47% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Shepherdstown is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Shepherdstown to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.07 minutes getting to work every day.
Being a small town, Shepherdstown does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The education level of Shepherdstown ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Shepherdstown, 46.04% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Shepherdstown in 2018 was $21,001, which is lower middle income relative to West Virginia, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,004 for a family of four.
Shepherdstown is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Shepherdstown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shepherdstown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Shepherdstown include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Shepherdstown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.