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Old 09-08-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Hi all

I have an opportunity to move to Hagerstown for a new job. I am very very excited the job and the company but to be honest, I am hesitant on Hagerstown. I am a very active (runner/biker/hiker/camper) 33 yr old professional female moving alone. Is Hagerstown a very active community? Is there much to get involved in to meet people and make friends? Is it a safe community to live alone?

What is the vibe of the city?

ANY insight would be great. I am hesitant to pick up my life to move and potentially end up not happy with the location.

Thanks in advance!
Heather
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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I grew up outside Hagerstown in the EP of WV and I liked it. I'm jealous when I see people moving to places where I would like to live while I'm stuck moving to the DC suburbs because that is the only place I can find a job in my field. Anyway, Hagerstown...It's a fairly rural area so you have lots of outdoor options. And I think it's one of the prettiest areas of the country (not Hagerstown itself per se but the surrounding areas). The C&O canal is a great place to hike/bike. My brother and dad ride bikes there almost every weekend. Antietam is near by as is Harpers Ferry. Both have hiking/biking/outdoor options (as well as historical interest). For arts and young people, Shepherdstown, WV is close. Shepherdstown is probably your best bet for a few nice bars, although a lot of them are college hang outs (try the 3 Onions, it caters to an older crowd). Meeting people may be the hardest thing about the area...Hagerstown doesn't have a huge concentration of young professionals or transplants from other areas. The people you will find there mostly grew up in the area but people overall are pretty friendly. You are also fairly close to DC for nightlife and arts. And for outdoorsy stuff, head west toward Morgantown and you'll find tons of beautiful scenery. I'm 27 and I'd much rather be in Hagerstown than the more congested parts of Maryland if I had my choice.
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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Oh and to answer your question about safety, most of Hagerstown is very safe. Downtown has a few sketchy places but as long as you don't live in them, you'll be fine. I did an internship in downtown Hagerstown and never felt unsafe during the daytime but I probably wouldn't hang out in those areas at night. From what you describe, it sounds like overall Hagerstown would be a pretty good fit for you.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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I recommend visiting the city to see what it's really like. You might also want to visit Frederick. It's not too far away from Hagerstown, and is close to state parks, the Appalachian Trail, and mountains, but it also has a nice urban center with plenty of young professionals.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Jefferson County
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Is your plan to rent or buy? What's your price range? What types of houses and community are you interested in?
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Hagerstown
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Lots of outdoor stuff in Hagerstown area. I like to bike the Western MD rail train, C & O Canal, ski at Whitetail (which I can see from my house), hike the trails at Greenbrier, Appalachian Trail, other state parks in the area. Some bars/hangouts, but you're only and hour or so to DC and Baltimore and other places like Shepardstown and Frederick have some unique nightlife. Safe community and housing prices are usually cheaper than places to the East in Maryland. I think this whole Tri-State area is beautiful and you can't really go wrong anywhere.
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