U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > West Virginia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-26-2013, 07:58 PM
 
3 posts, read 4,495 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

Hi. My family and I are moving from Pooler,GA (outside of Savannah)to Bluefield in the next few months and I wanted to get some general info on the Union Street area. We have a 4yr old,2yr old, and one on the way so I just wanted to make sure this is a safe,quiet area. Also, I'd like to know what kind of people live in that area. Is it mostly an older neighborhood or young families? Any info would be helpful. Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-26-2013, 08:12 PM
 
6,351 posts, read 4,103,545 times
Reputation: 1689
Quote:
Originally Posted by reganzmom View Post
Hi. My family and I are moving from Pooler,GA (outside of Savannah)to Bluefield in the next few months and I wanted to get some general info on the Union Street area. We have a 4yr old,2yr old, and one on the way so I just wanted to make sure this is a safe,quiet area. Also, I'd like to know what kind of people live in that area. Is it mostly an older neighborhood or young families? Any info would be helpful. Thanks
There are not many young families in that area of WV. Why are you moving to Bluefield, that is an area of WV that is rapidly shrinking?

I cant comment on that area in particular but that region of WV is known for unemployment, poverty, meth, and prescription drugs.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 09:20 AM
 
360 posts, read 240,972 times
Reputation: 188
Quote:
Originally Posted by cry_havoc View Post
There are not many young families in that area of WV. Why are you moving to Bluefield, that is an area of WV that is rapidly shrinking?

I cant comment on that area in particular but that region of WV is known for unemployment, poverty, meth, and prescription drugs.
Maybe they work for Norfolk southern, who still has a large presence there, and got transferred. Or, maybe they got a job at the hospital. Don't jump on someone just because they're not moving to your area and don't needlessly deride the are they're moving to. Is there poverty and drug abuse in bluefield? Yes. Is it any different from the rest of the state, Charleston and morgantown included? No. The entire state is known for its poverty and drug use.


As for union st., it probably has a mix of old and young, but leans old. Its just your typical older (age of houses) neighborhood. I can't really speak of crime and what not, but the few times I've been by it, I haven't noticed anything abnormal or sketchy.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 01:37 PM
 
6,351 posts, read 4,103,545 times
Reputation: 1689
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattec View Post
Maybe they work for Norfolk southern, who still has a large presence there, and got transferred. Or, maybe they got a job at the hospital. Don't jump on someone just because they're not moving to your area and don't needlessly deride the are they're moving to. Is there poverty and drug abuse in bluefield? Yes. Is it any different from the rest of the state, Charleston and morgantown included? No. The entire state is known for its poverty and drug use.


As for union st., it probably has a mix of old and young, but leans old. Its just your typical older (age of houses) neighborhood. I can't really speak of crime and what not, but the few times I've been by it, I haven't noticed anything abnormal or sketchy.
Im sorry Mattec but the Southern tip of WV that borders Kentucky, where Bluefield is, is known as the very worst area in WV for poverty, unemployment, and drug use. Is there problems everywhere in WV, yes. Are they MUCH worse in the bluefield area, yes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: WV/Va/Ky/Tn
647 posts, read 366,497 times
Reputation: 236
Bluefield is almost a 1:45 hour drive from the KY border. Bluefield is in decline, but I would advise living in Princeton if moving to that area. It is safer, scenic and more accessible to medical services and better schools. Exit 14 off I-77 has numerous restaurants and your only 30-40 min from Beckley in that area. Another option is moving to Bluefield, Va, they also have good schools, lower crime rate, and more of a laid back country town. Mercer County is in better shape than most of the counties in SWV economically.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 06:46 PM
 
3 posts, read 4,495 times
Reputation: 10
Thanks for the replies. We're looking in that area because the homes are cheaper but not in the middle of nowhere.We were originally looking at Grafton but it was a little more expensive. Bluefield seems convenient and for the most part I've seen good comments from people who live there. We're just tired of the lack of seasons here, and unbearable summers. I certainly don't want to move my kids to a dangerous city but I didn't know if it was more one or two bad neighborhoods or streets or is crime widespread?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2013, 07:24 PM
 
Location: WV/Va/Ky/Tn
647 posts, read 366,497 times
Reputation: 236
There are a couple of places of places in Bluefield that are bad, of course there are places like that in almost every WV town. It's not violent crime, mostly drugs and your occasional thievery. Union St. is a pretty good neighborhood, I wouldn't mind living there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-28-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
6,603 posts, read 5,269,811 times
Reputation: 3772
Quote:
Originally Posted by CurseOfWilmore View Post
Bluefield is almost a 1:45 hour drive from the KY border. Bluefield is in decline, but I would advise living in Princeton if moving to that area. It is safer, scenic and more accessible to medical services and better schools. Exit 14 off I-77 has numerous restaurants and your only 30-40 min from Beckley in that area. Another option is moving to Bluefield, Va, they also have good schools, lower crime rate, and more of a laid back country town. Mercer County is in better shape than most of the counties in SWV economically.
I'd never think of Bluefield as being close to Kentucky. I think of Bluefield as fairly close to Wytheville, VA, where I-77 connects to I-81. I've got relatives living in Bluefield, VA, and in Princeton. It never occurred to me to ask why they weren't living in Bluefield, WV.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-28-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: WV/Va/Ky/Tn
647 posts, read 366,497 times
Reputation: 236
I wouldn't even consider it close to Ky, two separate places and identities. It's actually 2 hours 45 min to Pikeville. If you go thru McDowell, to Iaeger, then to Panther, then into Hurley,Va, then to the Ky. That's actually 2 hours so I was off in my original estimation, and that's just to the state line.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-28-2013, 04:27 PM
 
6,351 posts, read 4,103,545 times
Reputation: 1689
Bluefield is approx 50 miles from the Kentucky border.

It is not in the worst meth area of WV but it is in that area.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:




Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > West Virginia
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top