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Old 07-10-2009, 09:17 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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There's some degree of Appalachia-bashing here at times so I thought I'd start this as a counterbalance.

Granted I don't have a clear definition of "best" in mind.

Wikipedia lists Putnam County as having the highest income in West Virginia. Their county seat, Winfield, seems fairly low on crime.

http://www.city-data.com/county/Putnam_County-WV.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Winfie...-Virginia.html

Wilmore, Kentucky looks quite safe and a bit less poor than average for the state. Not sure if it's in the Appalachian part.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Wilmore-Kentucky.html
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:13 PM
 
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I really enjoyed my time in Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol. Great overlooked area.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Considering the "scary hillbilly" action I thought I'd give this another try.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Asheville and Charlottesville are probably the best two towns in Appalacia. Does Charlottesville qualify as Appalacia or not?
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:31 PM
 
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Boone, NC is pretty nice too. Probably the best in Appalacia, it has Appalacian State University after all. Lol. You gotta see the pun in that.
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:03 AM
 
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I haven't seen this town for myself, so obviously can't go into detail about its features, but a few years ago I read about some study or survey that rated Morgantown, WV, as the overall best small city in the country.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:09 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Asheville NC
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Asheville is amazing, I love that place but it's more or less due to teh fact that it's sort of a fun little bohemian mountain town as opposed to a true Appalachian sort of ordeal. I guess it's kind of like the Austin of Appalachia in that it's a bit quirky and has a nice little music scene. Cumberland Maryland is also really charming and fun from a historical perspective. They have a really, really, really nice little downtown commercial district with tons of shops, restaurants, and walkable spaces. It's not just a straight stretch either, it stretches for several blocks in every dirrection with tons of nicely restored historical buildings, cobble stone and brick streets, fountains, sitting areas, etc. It really is a nice looking commercial district, I'll have to see if I can find any pictures of it. But it's worth a stop if anybody ever passes through Western Maryland.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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Johnson City
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:42 AM
 
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Pittsburgh!
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