I grew up in West Virginia. I am from Clarksburg. I now live in New Mexico. The biggest problem with natives not being friendly is the visitors. Stop treating us like, and calling us, dumb, ignorant, stupid, or any other stereotype you have heard about us in fiction novels and movies, and maybe we'll like you. We do wear shoes, we do have teeth, we don't live anywhere near Richmond...and BTW, Bridgeport, the next town over from you, tests in the top 1% in standardized test. It's not a problem with education...it's a problem with jaded perception...
By all means, please keep telling people how rotten the place is, so us true West Virginians can enjoy our life here without outside interference. The roads go both ways, if you are that miserable here, leave.
I love West Virginia! I have been there for work a number of times and the people are very good! I can not live in the state because I do not like cold weather, but it's so beautiful, the mountains, the rivers. I hope to one day go fly fishing and ride on the New River and the Kanawha River.
I travel a lot around the country because of my job. West Virginia has best people in all the country. Go there and see for yourself.
I love West Virginia, but visiting is not the same as living there. Having said that, I have loads of relatives and friends who live there and also love it. Still, I feel for you. There are places I have lived that I never want to see again except to tell the kids "See that? Don't ever live there."
I've lived in West Virginia for three years now and am only now meeting some people I'd regard as friends. For most of my experience here, however, the people are largely cold, cliquish, backstabbing, uninspired, and unmotivated. Unless your family goes back generations in the state, no one has time for you or your input. People live for the status quo, they quit without reason, and they interact with sharply passive-aggressive behavior with even those they consider close. There's nothing to do because that would require some vision, which is threatening to the way things have always been done.
By God West V.a is not a fun place to live if you like to do fun things. The state has no diversity with it's whopping 1.8million people (sarcasm). The state is also one of the fattest, poorest, and poorly educated in the entire country; so that is WV in a nutshell.
I have been living in West Virginia my entire life and let me tell you, West Virginia is in no way you portray it. There are plenty of fun things to do in West Virginia. I live near and ice rink, two very nice, large public pools, several parks, you can go fishing, I live right next to an extremely nice resort, there is always some kind of event like a festival going on, and you can go boating on the rivers, or even fishing, and there is Pittsburgh an hour from where I live, and plus there are many shopping places. Plus, West Virginia is #2 poorest in the country, but that doesn't we are all living on the street, my father is a Lawyer and my family lives comfortably, in a fairly large house, as well as most of my neighbors, and my aunt, being an OBGyn makes over $450,000 a year, probably at least 4- 5x more than what you or the average American makes. And we are only in the 30s for education, Arizona being number 50, and many of us are highly educated. I have probably about a dozen family members in the medical field, a family friend of mine just got excepted into Harvard, and sure Some of us may not be educated but many of is are. And as for being the fattests, yes we are number 3 but we are not all fat. I'm 14 years old, and only weigh 110 pounds, some of us are I fact over weight, very few of us being obese, and most of us are just normal weight. Just remember that WV is a lot different on the outside looking in, it's full of stereotypes, maybe spend more time here and you would know.
I have lived here 15 years after having lived in PA, MD and DE and I have never been around so many people that hate everything and everybody not from WV. They are the rudest, most arrogant people I have ever been exposed to. This state exists only because of Federal money but they continue to tout how fiscally responsible they are . It's easy to be fiscally responsible when someone else is paying your way.
I moved here from Pittsburgh, and have lived in rural parts of AZ and MS----Wv is so depressing, people ehre think they are so friendly and they are actually very unkind. I came here with an open mind, but the lack of education, and the "keep to yourself, don't be kind to strangers" is very hard for me coming from Pittsburgh, which is a very friendly city. It is not snobbery, WV, partiularly the southern parts, are just full of mean, mean, mean pill-popping people who have no idea of speaking up for others or even themselves and they accept the status quo.
It is all relative, but where in Pittsburgh is it redneck? Shadyside? Squirrel Hill? East End? All those redneck first generation immigrants? The burgh may have white trash but rednecks...no way I was born and raised there , 40 yrs; no place is perfect but Philly is hardcore mean, Pgh is more midwesty, but people from WV tend to think the areas below Pittsburgh like Washinton, PA or the boonies by Uniontown are Pittsburgh; regardless, you show the black and white thinking prevalent in southern wv; and people here were so screwed by mining companies they are mean to strangers. It is the rudness as you show I dislike, but also, what non WV see as rude is often them misunderstanding that someone ahs manners, etc, it is very different in Appalachia, and the education at times breeds ignorance; it is not that they are inferior, but there truly is inbreeding in places like Pochahontas; Pgh is not Xanadu or Nirvana but good God peeps give u a break and Pgh can be white trashy but redneck? puleaze....most Pittsburghers don't know what a riding mower is, the MAJORITy and this is a fact, have a bachelors and the social organizations and gov is less corrupt. Perfect, hell no , but at least other countries rank it 1 in usa.
West Virginia is one of the most horrid places I have ever lived in my life, I am a student there and let me just tell u.... Sometimes I feel like I am living in a dream! I do hate poverty :( but my goodness, I see women without bras, cigarettes in their mouth pushing their infant in what looks like a baby doll stroller to cvs! u wouldn't believe all the calf tattoos! Ohhhh calf tattoos on obese people, who sit in chain restaurants and think they are out on the town, these people need 5 sides of ranch dressing for a delicate... Iceberg lettuce salad... Consisting on lettuce loads of cheese and bacon and croutons!!!! If u are ever considering moving here for work, think again! take the pay cut.... And learn from me! I have 2 years left and I pray I never have to get anywhere this poor poor state..........
Sounds like you are a city person and not into rural or small town living. Sounds like you are also not into living close to nature. West Virginia is a beautiful state with some great hunting and fishing areas.
Maybe you should check your own attitude?
No. I wish them the best. I hate what corporations have done there.
My father's family were soft rock miners. He was born in WVA and left an orphan when his mother died in childbirth and his father abandoned the family. How sad, but, so it goes.
I'm not a big fan of it-quite a few places in the state are not very friendly to outsiders
You're so right about that!
never been :D can't be worse than buffalo
Good lord. Ive been snowed in either there or Ft Erie countless times when driving from MI to NY. Charming town, lol. Reminds me of home
i like how you reference "charming" in the context of "buffalo" you are truely an artist lol XD
I'm from WV, born and raised, and I'll gladly die here. I became a coal miner when I was 19, just like the rest of my family. There's not a lot of opportunity here, it's kind of forgotten and overlooked. There are a lot of bad people here, just like anywhere in the world today. There are a mess of lazy dwellers, who can work, but live off others tax dollar. But we've come to not trust a lot of outsiders, as we're talked about like stupid hillbilly pigs, who imbreed and practice *********, just stereo typing. The lot of us were raised up hard, and so we're hard nosed people. We don't care for the most part, how people feel about us. But don't get mad when you come into our state and get treated like a back stabbing neighbor. Because, we do remember how people talk about us. We take care of each other when we feel it calls for it, but we expect folks to be tough when they need to. When our government and economy collapse in the near future, the majority of us will be ok because, hey "we're dumb *** animal shootin' meat eatin' hillbilly's". When that happens, these won't be the mountains you'll want to bombard for refuge and shelter, they're taken. We'll see people coming way before they'll even know we're there, and we frown upon people who compromise our family.
I've lived in West Virginia over 3/4 of my life. I hate it too much for words. I almost moved to Pennsylvania. I live up in the northern portion of Wheeling.
I have lived in Parkersburg, WV my entire life. I've also done a great deal of traveling through the US. I've been to many small towns in other states which bare resemblance to mine.
I can take a thirty minute drive into Ohio and stop at a small town gas station and get the same heebie-jeebie, Twilight Zone experience that people are describing here. Small town minds exist outside of West Virginia.
I do like the low crime rate here. I don't like the lack of a real creative community. Our art center did an exhibition on airbrushed motorcycles, if that tells you anything.
Granny lives there. I thought I had gone to a foreign country when I noticed that a SHOTGUN was located near the front door. The gun was loaded. I asked Granny, "That isn't loaded is it?" Her soft friendly singsong voice said, "Now why would I have an unloaded gun by the door?" I was like, "Really? Granny, what the heck do you use that for?" She snickered and said, "why for the Cayotes and the black bears, of course!"
I wish I was kidding.......But to the person who said, it's great to visit, I just don't know if I'd want to live there. It's beautiful out there!!
My first real night in West Virginia, I was sure a bear was coming to get me...but it was only a cow!
blue ridge mountains,shenandoah river
No, I lived in the Parkersburg area years ago and loved it.
The people were friendly and honest. Low crime and all.
Was forced to move back home or would still be there.
Marietta, across the river is a beautiful little town. Rumor had it that George Washington was going to move there is the revolution got out of hand!
Can't hate it even I'm not in the US - Loved it already - infected by Olivia Newton John's "Country Road"!
Please leave! I'm sure the people there won't miss you!
Then leave. I currently live in VA and I am going to move to WV this summer. It is the most beautiful state iv ever seen. You're ranting about how bad of a state it is but I think it's just you. They take care of their own and Iv only visited a couple times but they are beyond nice and inviting to me.