Population

Over the last forty years, Butler County and the City of Morgantown have seen fluctuations in population. According to the US Census Bureau, the City of Morgantown is comprised of a population of 2,394 citizens as of 2010, a slight decrease from 2000. The City of Morgantown saw an increase of 1,000 people between 1970 and 2010. Over the same period, Butler County has grown from 9,723 citizens to 12,690. During the past forty years, both areas saw their largest growth between the years of 1970 and 1980.

Morgantown saw steady population growth between 1970 and 2000, but between 2000 and 2010 the population declined by 5.9%. During this same period, the population of Butler County declined by 2.5%. Butler County’s population is projected to further decrease by roughly 150 persons by 2020.

Population Distribution

A large majority of Butler County residents live outside of the City of Morgantown. Butler County is dominated by citizens living outside of incorporated cities. In addition to the City of Morgantown, Butler County holds two additional incorporated areas, the City of Rochester and the City of Woodbury. Factoring in the urban populations of Woodbury and Rochester, Butler County remains primarily non-incorporated. Currently, 2,394 (19%) of Butler County residents live within the city limits of Morgantown.

Location of Residency 1970 - 2010

YearButler CountyMorgantownTotal PopulationButler County (% of Total Pop.)Morgantown (% of Total Pop.)
197083291394972385.7%14.3%
1980906420001106481.9%18.1%
1990892323221124579.4%20.6%
20001046625441301080.4%19.6%
20101029623941269081.1%18.9%

Population density varies within the City of Morgantown. The north-east and south-west portions of the City tend to be the most populous, with lower areas of population through the downtown area.

Age and Demographics

The 2010 Census revealed 36.1% of Butler County residents were over the age of fifty. By 2020, this number is projected to grow to 41.3%. This will affect the community in terms of available workforce, service needs, housing, and development patterns.

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The City of Morgantown is predominantly white, with 91.6% of the population reporting to be white in the 2010 Census. The largest minority in Morgantown is self-identified as “Other”, with 5.8% of the population classified as a race not generally included in the Census or as having a multi-racial background. The Hispanic population is a rapidly growing group in Morgantown with a 178% increase in the Hispanic population over the last ten years.

Last Modified: April 10, 2014