MSA: Morgantown, WV
Best places ranking: #7 among small metro areas
Morgantown has the convenience of a city with the appeal of a small town. West Virginia University, which is Monongalia County's largest employer, generates much of the city's business activity. WVU's Business Incubator nurtures startups, and the university also provides clientele and an educated workforce.
Major retailers and restaurant chains have made inroads into Morgantown in the past five years. Still, local business owners say Morgantown remains a small, supportive community.
The one thing Morgantown lacks is a major airport. However, the city is not far from Pittsburgh, which lies 75 miles north, and Washington, D.C., is only a few hours' drive away. Local perks include abundant outdoor leisure activities, including white water rafting and hiking. -Christina Crapanzano
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"I love the atmosphere of Morgantown. It's vibrant and there's always a lot going on. There's also a lot of optimistic points of view about what can done here." -Jeff Carter