The Demographics of Harpers Ferry

In 2000, the official census listed 315 residents in Harpers Ferry; fifty percent of those residents are over 43 years of age. Young people, 18 and under, numbered 75; older people,60 and over, numbered 66. Females outnumbered males by 174 to 141. A total 149 households, with an average household size of 2.11 persons; 104 households in owner-occupied housing and 45 in renter-occupied housing recorded in the 2000 census.

Of the 252 persons aged 16 or over, 170 were in the labor force, more than half (89) were employed in management, professional or related occupations. The next largest group was 34 persons in sales and office occupations and 28 persons in service occupations. The Census showed 44 people in education, health and social services; and 34 in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services. Of those employed, 24 worked at home, 17 walked to work, 17 used public transportation, of 110 who drove to work, 103 drove alone and 7 carpooled. The median household income was $52,344, significantly higher than Jefferson County’s $44,373, West Virginia’s $29,696, or the United States at $41,994.

The education levels attained by Harpers Ferry workers were 91.1% with a high school diploma; 22.9% with some college or an associate’s degree; 31.8% had a bachelor’s degree; and 28.4% had a post graduate or professional degree.

The Town of Harpers Ferry will likely experience limited population growth, with new housing being offset somewhat by continued reduction in household size as the existing population ages. Also, limited building lots prevent subdivision development.


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The Foundation has purchased First Zion Baptist Church on W. Ridge Street in Harpers Ferry in order to preserve the building for future use as cultural center for Harpers Ferry and Bolivar. The site will also serve a significant role in interpreting history. 

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