Virginia suffers the same way much of rural America does. The iron mines used to be the biggest employeer, but a combination of higher competition and more efficient production methods have killed many of the jobs. Combine the unemployment and high levels of drug use and a breeding ground for property crime has emerged. By and large, the locals are friendly, but rather aloof. Any newcomers may feel a bit lonely and will likely have to make an effort to establish meaningful relationships. Houses are remarkably low priced, so if you do manage to find a good paying job, you will be able to find a house at a fraction of the cost you would pay almost anywhere else.
The Good- In the summer the two lakes in the town are lovely. Lots of ducks, geese, and even some loons and swans. The mine pits have some wonderful overlooks on them as well. The town also has some interesting sculptures, artwork, and a nice park.
The Bad- Drug use is quite high for a town of it's size. Good paying jobs are very hard to find. The number of car thefts and break-ins are ridiculous for such a small town. The local hospital, while trying their best, has an awful reputation for care.
The Ugly- Some of the streets are in terrible condition and the downtown and local mall are filled with empty storefronts. The city infrastructure is in very rough shape. One hundred year old steam pipes have breaks and cracks all over.
The Really Ugly- Winters are a b***h. If you cannot tolerate snow and cold, you will not last more than a year or two. Snow can last until May, and January temps can get down to -30.
|Two Or More||3.5%||2.5%||2.4%|
|Less than $10,000||13.4%||442.0%||633.5%|
|$10,000 to $14,999||8.9%||387.8%||460.0%|
|$15,000 to $24,999||13.4%||778.3%||931.0%|
|$25,000 to $34,999||10.3%||818.5%||928.5%|
|$35,000 to $49,999||13.3%||1214.0%||1263.2%|
|$50,000 to $74,999||15.3%||1800.5%||1746.4%|
|$75,000 to $99,999||10.1%||1402.0%||1247.6%|
|$100,000 to $149,999||11.1%||1722.4%||1464.4%|
|$150,000 to $199,999||2.0%||723.7%||627.5%|
|$200,000 or more||2.2%||710.7%||697.9%|
|< 9th Grade||1.0%||5.0%||6.0%|
|High School / GED||32.0%||25.0%||27.0%|
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