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Old Oct 1st 2012, 9:12 pm
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Please will you tell me what west virginia is like and would you recommend living there
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Old Oct 1st 2012, 9:40 pm
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Please will you tell me what west virginia is like and would you recommend living there
Look up West Virginia in the "Urban Dictionary". Definition 26 is how my OH would describe it.

My only experience was driving through WV in early January in the snow on my way to Indiana. Finally found a gas station but couldn't get any gas as they only took cash and no ATM within 40 miles!! On my return journey I went through Kentucky - gorgeous.. much better drive..
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Look up West Virginia in the "Urban Dictionary". Definition 26 is how my OH would describe it.
There are some rather scenic parts though.
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There are some rather scenic parts though.
I have been told there are but it was covered in snow and a beast of a day so didn't really look around - just intent on my destination with my boxer dog in the back of the car trying to climb all over me!
My neighbours are from WV, well the husband is and Krystal physically wilts when she talks about having to go for the holidays.. they are relieved that they got out!
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Please will you tell me what west virginia is like and would you recommend living there
Can you be more specific about what you'd like to know?

If you like scenery - it's beautiful. If you like whitewater rafting, it's incredible. If you like bungee jumping off a bridge... you'll get your chance once a year! If you like low taxes, it's mediocre. If you like inexpensive housing, it's great! If you like good schools, that'll depend on where you live! If you like a corrupt legal system, it borders on outstanding! If you like a front license plate on your car, you'll be disappointed... but you do get to have stickers on your window! If you like friendly people, it's superb. If you like overt religion and Baptists going to church on Wednesdays and Sundays... you'll love it!

Other things you might want to know... it is the only state that is located entirely within the Appalachians. Appalachia, by the way, is correctly pronounced: appa-latch-a ... and not appa-lay-sha! Say it properly and you'll fit right in.

As I've written elsewhere, my wife and I both work in WV... but we live in Kentucky!

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Appalachia, by the way, is correctly pronounced: appa-latch-a ... and not appa-lay-sha! Say it properly and you'll fit right in.
Really? Because I've never heard that before

Though only folks that talk about it are some hiking friends from Maine, and they speak funny up there as well
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Can you be more specific about what you'd like to know?

If you like scenery - it's beautiful. If you like whitewater rafting, it's incredible. If you like bungee jumping off a bridge... you'll get your chance once a year! If you like low taxes, it's mediocre. If you like inexpensive housing, it's great! If you like good schools, that'll depend on where you live! If you like a corrupt legal system, it borders on outstanding! If you like a front license plate on your car, you'll be disappointed... but you do get to have stickers on your window! If you like friendly people, it's superb. If you like overt religion and Baptists going to church on Wednesdays and Sundays... you'll love it!

Other things you might want to know... it is the only state that is located entirely within the Appalachians. Appalachia, by the way, is correctly pronounced: appa-latch-a ... and not appa-lay-sha! Say it properly and you'll fit right in.

As I've written elsewhere, my wife and I both work in WV... but we live in Kentucky!

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I pretty much agree with that, as I lived in central WV in the late 70s, and spent 3 years in Parkersburg in the 80s. Parkersburg is probably quite different now from when I was there, but I did generally enjoy the time I spent in WV. It has had more than one governor end up in jail.
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Please will you tell me what west virginia is like and would you recommend living there
I live near WV but it's not a state that I think much about. Harper's Ferry is interesting historically and worth a visit. Occasionally I go to the horse racing at Charles Town.

WV is very white (some would say 'white trash'). It has the lowest percentage of foreign-born residents in the entire country (so that must say something about its appeal for immigrants) and has the lowest percentage of residents with a bachelor's degree. It's very rural. Small towns. Pretty scenery. Walmart is the state's largest employer. However, I know quite a few people who live in WV and take the "MARC" commuter train to DC for work.

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Parkersburg or charleston - to live?
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Parkersburg or charleston - to live?
Where you gonna be working??
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Between Ravenswood and Ripley
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Between Ravenswood and Ripley
Well, in that case: Point Pleasant.

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Between Ravenswood and Ripley
Charleston has more to do than Parkersburg. WV is very different than any other state. These are mountain people, not city slickers. Very low crime. Very cheap housing. Very redneck. Schools in Putnam County are very, very good. Life and time move slower in WV. Church attendance here is very high. There are no large cities in the state but from Charleston you are a couple of hours to a one day's drive from some of the largest cities in America. Western WV doesn't get nearly the amount of snow as eastern WV because the west is much lower in elevation. In the east, you could be buried in snow for weeks or a couple of months at a time. In the west, you may have only 15 to 20 snowfalls per winter and they may only amount to 3 to 6 inches deep.
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