One of West Virginia's oldest communities, Morgantown has benefited over the years from the preservation and restoration of its historic buildings. In fact, there are over forty sites in Monongalia County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Museums, locks and dams, iron furnaces, glass factories and historic mills help depict Morgantown's rich railroad, river, glass and mining history.
About Morgantown and Monongalia County
Morgantown is located on the Monongahela River and is the seat of Monongalia County, WV. With a population of 81,866, the Greater Morgantown Area offers a variety of recreational, educational, cultural, historical, and health care opportunities for older adults and all residents.
Morgantown has been recognized as the Third Best Small City in America and the Best Small City in the East. The area offers a reasonable cost-of-living, low crime rate, optimal health care, quality schools, and old-fashioned neighborhoods.
The City of Morgantown is the County seat of Monongalia County, located along the Pennsylvania border in the north central part of West Virginia. Morgantown (pop. 28,292) is the home to West Virginia University, the largest institution of higher education in the State with an annual enrollment of 26,051 students (Fall 2005); and is the medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the region. Daytime population estimates 70,000 in Morgantown.
The Chamber of Commerce can provide interested individuals with a relocation package for Morgantown and Monongalia County. Make sure to tell them you found their information on this website, and the relocation package is free!
Morgantown is also home to West Virginia University offering residents year-round activities including visual and performing arts, nationally ranked Mountaineer sports, and classes for older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Conveniently located at the intersection of Interstates 79 and 68, Morgantown is only an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh, PA and three and a half hours west of Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. Statistically, Morgantown is located within an 8-10 hour drive of half the population of the United States! Yet, Morgantown remains a rural, Appalachian community.
For visitors and residents alike, Morgantown offers a friendly environment and a top-notch quality of life. For more information on retirement and relocation opportunities, or on vacationing in Morgantown, contact any of the following organizations.
The Greater Morgantown Designated Retirement Community program is managed by the Community Living Initiatives Corporation (CLIC). Nearly 30 years ago in Monongalia County, a group of concerned citizens, led by Dr. David Z. Morgan, formed an organization to look at this community from the prospective of an older adult - what were their interests and needs, where did our community meet these needs, where were the gaps in services and. most important, what could be done to make this a desirable location for people to age-in-place or come to for retirement. After more than 25 years, CLIC is still working to answer these questions and improve the quality of life for all West Virginians, especially those in our home town.
Over the years, CLIC has many accomplishments to its credit including developing the original concept for The Village at Heritage Point; writing the grant that led to the coordination of local transportation and the creation of Mountain Line Transit Authority, organizing the Senor Art Exhibit at MAC, the Senior Lifestyles Expo at the Senior Monongalians, and the Appalachian Lifelong Learners (now known as OLLI); playing a lead role in forming the West Virginia Fair Housing Action Network; implementing awareness programs to insure accessibility in our community and our homes; and other initiatives to make Morgantown and Monongalia County a great place for people to live.
Dinner on Us
"Dinner On Us" is a CLIC initiative to encourage retirees to visit Morgantown and consider the community as a retirement location.
"Dinner On Us" targets visitors of retirement age who are not currently residents of West Virginia. Eligible participants will be paired with a local retiree or retired couple and escorted on a tour of the community, that will include dinner or lunch at a local restaurant and visits to selected attractions as determined by pre-visit interviews with the participants.
If you would like to participate in this program, contact CLIC at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (304) 292-0186, using the contact information on this website and request to have "Dinner On Us".