There are lakes to swim in. Richmond, Mina, Wylie are all within the immediate Aberdeen area. I know of many people who make their way to the local rivers for recreation as well.
The arts scene in Aberdeen is constantly growing. There are art shows, plays, bands, and even a film festival that occurs at least once a year.
As I see it, if you have a job in Aberdeen it is a good place to work. There are lots of employment options available.
As I have found, the meth labs are few and far between. Every once in a while you will hear of one but they are generally "closed systems" meaning the meth is for personal use, not for resale. I may be wrong on this but I don't know of anyone personally involved in meth or affected by meth. Don't get me wrong, the drug is a problem and it has devastating effects on the people involved with it, but I don't know that I've ever heard of their being a "meth problem" so to say in Aberdeen.
I've found the nightlife to be very safe. There is a shuttle from a couple of the bars that will take you to your home w/in the Aberdeen city limits at closing time. It is not uncommon to see people walking up and down Main street bar-hopping (my friends and I have done it a few times). Just be safe about it and be aware of your surroundings.
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