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Old 03-30-2008, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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how about the year 1960?? and not in a good way.....
I'll give you a day to elaborate.
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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This post is getting close to being a year old...so has this town changed much since then? Like more drugs & illegals? Just curious, because it sounds like a really nice community.

I currently live in Jasper and my opinion is very different from the one you quoted. Yes crime is very low and the schools are decent (for Indiana). But the people of Jasper are very arrogant and rude. When I first moved here and had out of state plates on my car I would literally get sneered at. Even the garbage men pull attitudes with you. They think they are the second coming. A fried of my wife used to live in Jasper when she was in high school and she even commented that most of the students snubbed her because she was from out of town. Inbreeding is alive and well here in Jasper. If you have the option I would suggest Bloomington or Evansville. I have no idea what my landlord is talking about when she said Jasper was on the top ten list of best small towns in the US. They obviously didn't talk to the people.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:43 AM
 
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Default Not as friendly as they'd have you believe

I was lured into moving here because everything I read and everyone I talked to said how friendly the town was. I thought it would be a great place to start a family. There are some friendly people here, but they are not from this area. Anyone I've met who moved here from somewhere else will agree that you will be considered an outsider for at least 10 years. We've been here 3 1/2 and I still don't consider it home.

The attitude toward "out-of-towners" is so bad I know people who grew up in the surrounding towns who have lived in Jasper for years and are still considered outsiders. If you do move, consider joining the Newcomers group: very friendly people who are NOT from the area for the most part. Interestingly, people I've met who live in Huntingburg, Ferdinand, and Otwell, just minutes away have all been very friendly. If you want a small town in this area, I'd recommend moving there.

Also if you have small children, younger than school age, you will not find a whole lot to do with them here.

It's not all bad here, but I'm very anxious to get out.
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Southern Charm
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I was lured into moving here because everything I read and everyone I talked to said how friendly the town was. I thought it would be a great place to start a family. There are some friendly people here, but they are not from this area. Anyone I've met who moved here from somewhere else will agree that you will be considered an outsider for at least 10 years. We've been here 3 1/2 and I still don't consider it home.

The attitude toward "out-of-towners" is so bad I know people who grew up in the surrounding towns who have lived in Jasper for years and are still considered outsiders. If you do move, consider joining the Newcomers group: very friendly people who are NOT from the area for the most part. Interestingly, people I've met who live in Huntingburg, Ferdinand, and Otwell, just minutes away have all been very friendly. If you want a small town in this area, I'd recommend moving there.

Also if you have small children, younger than school age, you will not find a whole lot to do with them here.

It's not all bad here, but I'm very anxious to get out.
Oh Lord another negative comment about Jasper. "Let the Perscution begin" Good for you for telling the truth on how you feel about where you live and NOT sugar coating it!!!!!
My daughter and I were only there for 5 days and felt uncomfortable. I can only imagine having to live there. It's like your waiting for people to scream "STRANGER". For the people who LOVE Jasper, good for you. BUT not everyone is going to love it . . . Get over it!!!!
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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I haved lived here a year now having moved from Southwest Kansas. There are some rude people, but for the most part everybody's been friendly. I will give you some pros and cons.

Pros: Landscape is beautiful
Low crime rate
Very clean town
Many lakes close by

Cons: No shopping
The town shuts down by nine or ten
City Hall closes at 4:00
The restaurants just aren't that good
And I miss my family like crazy!
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Midwest Indiana
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I grew up in Jasper Indiana and graduated from high school there. When I was younger, it was a typical small midwestern town like a 50s TV sitcom where everyone knew each other and looked out for one another - neighbors sat on porches, watched out for each others kids, the primary industry was farming and wood furniture manufacturing and women attended PTA meetings and were girl scout and 4 H leaders. There was a distinctive class difference between those who had money (factory owners, doctors etc.) and those who worked in the factories. The majority of the churches were either German Catholics or German Lutherans. The restaurants were mainly family owned bars with a family room. Everyone was crazy about sports - football, basketball, baseball.
I recently spent more time in my old hometown and Jasper has changed as most small towns eventually do. The crime rate is about the same as most small towns. No small town or big city seems to be immune from drugs or the crimes related to drugs. I would disagree that the Spanish speaking immigrants who have moved in to work in poultry plants or furniture factories are necessarily illegal or the source of all the crime. After all, the Germans were once the immigrants who moved in to the area and settled it. Unemployment and poverty have affected the area like the rest of the country. Jasper has a good city police department and has a State police post that keep things under watch. The new schools in Jasper are more like a college campus with all sports amenities. Sports remain a huge activity. There isn't a shopping mall in town but there is a big super Walmart, Home Depot, Dept. Stores, and a downtown that still has a shopping district including family owned furniture, hardware, clothing and recreation related stores. Jasper has the best local county museum in the state: lots of information and exhibits. A good public library. A college campus. Several charity stores and a food bank. Great local places to eat including the Schnitzlebank, Headquarters, Snaps, Mill House, Chicken Place - some were former bars with family rooms but prices are reasonable. Good home cooked plentiful portions and a change from the usual Garfields, Ruby Tuesday and Applebees that are there too. The Jasper City Bakery has delightful pastries and breads. The local newspaper wins awards for excellent stories and reporting. Several golf courses and a nice river walking trail. A big annual German theme festival. Remodeled large local hospital and many good health care professionals.
Evansville is about an hour away for more big city shopping malls and a casino. Holiday World is about an hour away with a huge water park. French Lick/West Baden area a half an hour away with two resort hotels and a casino is working on revitalization. Bloomington is a typical college town a little over an hour down the road. Louisville about 2 hours. St. Meinrad Archabbey is nearby. Patoka Lake or Ferdinand State Forest is a big area for fishing and cabins.
A selection of church choices: several Catholic and Lutheran churches, a Christian, Baptist and other faiths all share the foundation of small town values.
People in Jasper are friendly and try to be welcoming and helpful to visitors. Many of the residents and their families have lived there for generations. Real estate is available in all price ranges and there is plenty of new construction rentals. There are still different groups of people - those who work in professional jobs and live in McMansions and those who live in modest middle class homes or apartments. Several places to stay when visiting include a new Holiday Inn Express and a very pleasant and clean Sleep Inn. Pretty landscape. Farm smells. Rolling hills and pretty well kept neighborhoods. Jasper is like any other place - it is what you make it or take advantage of visiting or living there. it can be a good place to say you grew up there or live there now.
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