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Old 05-30-2018, 04:15 PM
 
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Hello, my husband and I are looking for our new place to live. He is originally from central kentucky and I'm from southern michigan. Together we have lived in both states as well as Nevada and Texas. We have horses and farm animals. We ate looking for a house to buy with acreage. Don't want it to be too hot like Nevada or too humid like kentucky. We are traditional in a lot of ways, but definitely not closed minded. We think west Virginia seems to be the place for us, but we're going in 2 weeks to look at some houses and scope it out. Only thing were concerned about is jobs??? Are there plenty of opportunities in wv. Besides McDonald's or a position that requires a masters degree? We've fallen in love with a house in spencer. Any jobs there? Wherever we go there has to be grass for horses and good hunting. Thanks in advance for any advice or opinions.
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Ohio via WV
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Short of living in the mountains, you're going to get the same humidity if not worse in WV that you would in KY. And unfortunately, Spencer is in the middle of nowhere and I honestly can't think of any jobs in the area. I grew up in WV and I absolutely love the state. There are plenty of jobs if you know where to look. Parkersburg has the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Huntington has Marshall and two major hospitals, Charleston has a casino, CAMC, a private university, and state jobs, Morgantown has WVU, two major hospitals, and Mylan, Clarksburg/Bridgeport has the FBI, the eastern panhandle has a new P&G plant, and the northern panhandle has a lot of oil & gas jobs.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:03 PM
 
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Spencer will not have a lot of employment opportunities but would be a great location for a "laid back" life style.

Jobs in WV are more prevalent in the North Central portion or the eastern panhandle. Land will be much higher there due to the job market being better.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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I recently bought land in WV north of Weirton. It's pretty enough and you can buy a few acres for horses and animals. There are many people who have horses in the area. Land isn't too expensive and it is close enough to commute to Robinson over in PA. So you can find a job in almost any field if you are willing to commute around 40 minutes.

Obviously I don't know your price range for a house with acreage but i was very surprised I could afford a couple of acres that are with in a reasonable commute to the greater Pittsburgh area.

Where I am from in Minneapolis you couldn't touch acreage for cheap with in an hour of the city.
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:11 AM
 
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Roane County has some nice areas but it is not near anything. Maybe that’s good?

A lot of WV is like a greenhouse in the summer. It will be difficult to escape humidity here. I’d say central KY is less humid than here.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:00 AM
 
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Roane County has some nice areas but it is not near anything. Maybe that’s good?

A lot of WV is like a greenhouse in the summer. It will be difficult to escape humidity here. I’d say central KY is less humid than here.

All you have to do to escape the humidity is gain some elevation, which is why Summersville is pleasant in the summer and of course everything in the ski areas. Problem is that there are few jobs in such places. I can only think of being out near Winter Place and working in Beckley or maybe making a hour commute to Charleston. I know people that work for the state at the capitol and commute from Nicholas County - they live along the New River Gorge past Hawks Nest. They drive 45 minutes each way. I even know people that drive to Charleston from Birch River/Webster Springs each day - crazy!


Charleston ranges from 600 to 1,000 feet above sea level but Summersville is 2 to 3 times and of course the ski areas are all over 4,000 feet. Makes a huge difference in humidity. Where I live on the Corridor, we are nestled in a valley. It can be humid in the middle of the day but as soon as the sun touches the ridgeline, the atmosphere changes fast and temps are a good 5 to 10 degrees different from what is official at the airport. Most importantly, the humidity drop is even steeper. We lose sight of the sun in the summer around 7 pm even though it is daylight until a bit after 9 pm. I am sure there are many places all around just like that.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:12 AM
 
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As others have said humidity is pretty hard to avoid in most of West Virginia aside from the High County up towards Davis, Thomas, Preston County, etc. It's not the steam room we experience here in the DC area but uncomfortable to a certain extent in most places. However, depending on where you lived in Texas, your thoughts might differ.

Spencer is a nice enough town it just depends on how close to civilization you want to be (i.e. you won't be there). There are no major highways nearby and any drive to larger places like Parkersburg or Charleston will be an hour or more along winding roads. As far as jobs? If we're excluding McDonalds then you might check out the local Wal-Mart but unfortunately not much else.

I personally like Lewisburg/ the Greenbrier Valley for small town West Virginia living but am not sure about how many job opportunities exist there- it will be better than Spencer given proximity to the Greenbrier Resort and the presence of the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Maybe check into Weston as well? It's a close enough drive to the larger towns in North Central WV such as Clarksburg and Fairmont which do have some decent job opportunities.

The Eastern Panhandle is nice but the prices are much higher given it's relative proximity to the major job centers in and around DC/ Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. It's also losing a lot of the rural flavor due to said proximity so that nice scenic piece of land next door could be plowed under the a few days down later for new homes designed to appeal to Washington area commuters.
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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Just stay out of the natural gas fracking areas and counties. Nothing wild or wonderful about that, but the state is huge and gorgeous otherwise.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:23 AM
 
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Just stay out of the natural gas fracking areas and counties. Nothing wild or wonderful about that, but the state is huge and gorgeous otherwise.
I see no reason to stay away from counties that are receiving the financial benefits of the oil and gas industry. The economy of some of these areas is the best it has been in years.

Most people who live in these areas see it in a favorable light.

http://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/...-gas-industry/
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Old 06-06-2018, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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He might have meant that buyers need to be aware of mineral rights on land their thinking of buying. Nothing worse than having a strip mine come right through your horses’ pasture.
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