These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Virginia For 2019


We used science and data to determine which places in Virginia are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in Virginia.

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Virginia is a really beautiful place, and it’s almost four states in one. On one hand you’ve got your politically motivated and super rich, and then down the coast, a large swath of middle class Americans. Then, you’ve got the largest portion, a mix of self-admitted rednecks who still identify with the south.

And then you’ve got D.C. and its burbs. That’s just another story all together.

But is it all great in the “Old Dominion”? Of course not. Just like every other state, Virginia has its trouble spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which cities in Virginia are the least desirable to live in.

Of course, you’ll most likely disagree if you see your town atop this list. But nonetheless, according to science, these cities are the worst places you could possibly live if you make Virginia your home. These places need a big hug right about now.

After analyzing 62 of the state’s most populous cities (over 5,100 people), we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in Virginia:

  1. Emporia (Photos)
  2. Petersburg (Photos)
  3. Danville (Photos)
  4. South Boston (Photos)
  5. Martinsville (Photos)
  6. Franklin (Photos)
  7. Richlands (Photos)
  8. Pulaski (Photos)
  9. Big Stone Gap (Photos)
  10. Hopewell (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Virginia? That would be Emporia.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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How we determined the worst places to live in Virginia for 2019

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 62 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 62 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Virginia — Emporia. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Virginia.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

Emporia, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,495
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $115,700 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.4% (1st worst)
More on Emporia:  Data | Photos

Emporia is one of the poorest cities in the state of Virginia. Located on the North Carolina border, this city has 20.4% of its residents out of work, and those who have jobs earn under $27,426 a year.

Small towns can be charming, but not when they are dangerous. Emporia has the 8th highest crime rate in Virginia. While the numbers aren’t staggering (Virginia is a relatively safe place when you compare it to the rest of the country), it’s still undesirable when you consider that there are far safer (and more stimulating) places to make your home in the Old Dominion.

Petersburg, VA

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3
/10

Population: 32,037
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $112,900 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (3rd worst)
More on Petersburg:  Data | Photos

Petersburg is also a pretty crummy place to live, when you look at the numbers. Yes, we’re aware that it’s beautiful and “fun”. But that ignores important things like jobs and income.

Petersburg residents earn the 7th-lowest salaries in the state. At $33,939 a year, people here most likely have a hard time getting ahead in life. And the average home costs are $112,900, which means there isn’t a lot of demand.

Crime is the 11th highest in Virginia per capita, and the unemployment rate here is 3rd highest in the state, at 12.2%.

Danville, VA

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5
/10

Population: 41,911
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $90,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (6th worst)
More on Danville:  Data | Photos

Danville has some of the same issues that the cities above have. The crime is statistically the 5th-highest in the state of Virginia. And residents earn far less than it takes to live a normal life. The unemployment rank is also higher than almost every other city in the state at 10.1%.

Additionally, 21.5% of the population lives below the poverty line.

South Boston, VA

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3
/10

Population: 7,887
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $111,700 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (9th worst)
More on South Boston:  Data | Photos

The city of South Boston is east of Danville on Route 58 in Halifax County. In looking at the scientific reasons South Boston ranks so high on this ‘worst’ list, we see most of the same factors we’ve seen before. Besides a decent public school system, the economy here is really in the pits.

South Boston has some of the same economic factors that we saw in the Appalachian towns listed above. Except it’s not in the sticks.

People on City-Data have said South Boston is ‘boring and without culture’ and a ‘crack head town.’ We’re not going to assume they speak for everyone, but it wasn’t possible to find anyone who had something nice to say about this place on the internet.

Martinsville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,256
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $90,100 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (15th worst)
More on Martinsville:  Data | Photos

The city of Martinsville is the 5th worst place you can live in the state of Virginia in 2019.

It’s unlucky for Martinsville, which has the 15th highest unemployment rate (8.3%), the 5th lowest household incomes ($33,545) and the 3rd lowest home prices in the state ($90,100).

Basically, a lot of people in Martinsville are out of work. And crime is certainly a factor here as well. Although it’s not one of the most dangerous places we’ll look at, it’s in the top 20%.

Add it all up, and this is truly one of the worst places you could live in Virginia.

Franklin, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,334
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $186,100 (30th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.8% (2nd worst)
More on Franklin:  Data | Photos

If, by some reason, you were driving through Franklin, after stopping to ask for directions, you may have noticed that things aren’t so peachy keen here.

It’s tough out there for people to stay afloat when their income levels are so low ($38,760) and they can’t get good jobs (14.8% unemployment rate).

Franklin ranks as the 6th wost place in Virginia.

Richlands, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,513
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $84,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (27th worst)
More on Richlands:  Data | Photos

Back out into the mountains we go. Richlands, way out on a very winding Route 460, has some of the same issues we’ve noted above. In fact, the public schools in Richlands get the least amount of funding in the state. At $8,500 per student, that’s almost half of what kids get on average in the rest of the country.

Low incomes and cheap homes make it purely undesirable for most people. When homes are priced at $98,000 each, that means there isn’t a lot of demand to live here.

Pulaski, VA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,860
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $109,300 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (4th worst)
More on Pulaski:  Data | Photos

Pulaski is one of the poorest cities in the state of Virginia. This city has 11.2% of its residents out of work, and those who have jobs earn under $40,711 a year.

Cities can be charming, but not when they are dangerous. Pulaski has the 19th highest crime rate in Virginia. While the numbers aren’t staggering (Virginia is a relatively safe place when you compare it to the rest of the country), it’s still undesirable when you consider that there are far safer (and more stimulating) places to make your home in the Old Dominion.

Big Stone Gap, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,395
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $110,900 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (17th worst)
More on Big Stone Gap:  Data | Photos

As you might guess, Big Stone Gap is out in mountain land on the western side of the state. And, after reading about the places listed above, you are safe to assume that the economy here is?.lacking.

And you’d be right.

But hey, at least they have a Walmart out here to keep them entertained.

Hopewell, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 22,353
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $122,400 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (7th worst)
More on Hopewell:  Data | Photos

Out of all the places to live in Virginia, Hopewell ranks as the 10th worst — not something to brag about.

Hopewell’s unemployment rate stands at 10.0%. While the income levels out here are some of the lowest in the state. Residents earn a combined $40,712 a year in salaries. That’s not enough to really get ahead in life.

Additionally, the homes are the 14th cheapest in the entire state at $122,400. Again, some people like the cheap cost of living, but housing is priced on demand, and the fact is, there’s not a lot of demand to live way out in Hopewell. Plus, what do you do for fun here anyway?

Crime is the 20th worst in the state. You have a 1 in 37.5 chance of being robbed here and a 1 in 282 chance of being attacked or raped. Yikes.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Virginia

If you’re looking at areas in Virginia with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Emporia ranks as the worst city to live in Virginia for 2019.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Virginia:

  1. Falls Church (Pop. 13,843)
  2. Bridgewater (Pop. 5,930)
  3. Vienna (Pop. 16,474)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Virginia

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Emporia 5,495 20.4% $115,700
2 Petersburg 32,037 12.2% $112,900
3 Danville 41,911 10.1% $90,900
4 South Boston 7,887 9.1% $111,700
5 Martinsville 13,256 8.3% $90,100
6 Franklin 8,334 14.8% $186,100
7 Richlands 5,513 6.8% $84,300
8 Pulaski 8,860 11.2% $109,300
9 Big Stone Gap 5,395 7.8% $110,900
10 Hopewell 22,353 10.0% $122,400
11 Marion 5,814 5.2% $91,300
12 Galax 6,788 5.5% $105,500
13 Bristol 17,077 7.7% $114,100
14 Buena Vista 6,495 4.7% $111,700
15 Portsmouth 95,536 9.7% $169,400
16 Roanoke 99,572 6.6% $133,700
17 Woodstock 5,169 9.0% $199,600
18 Front Royal 15,027 7.7% $193,100
19 Covington 5,675 5.6% $72,200
20 Richmond 220,892 8.8% $209,200
21 Norfolk 245,752 8.5% $194,800
22 Bluefield 5,058 3.4% $125,100
23 Colonial Heights 17,582 10.2% $163,300
24 Radford 17,380 7.5% $160,600
25 Lynchburg 79,237 7.4% $153,800
26 Newport News 180,775 7.5% $189,300
27 Waynesboro 21,620 4.4% $161,600
28 Ashland 7,554 4.5% $186,000
29 Wytheville 8,041 8.7% $175,000
30 Winchester 27,516 4.3% $226,200
31 Vinton 8,069 9.0% $144,200
32 Culpeper 17,882 5.4% $224,800
33 Farmville 8,452 4.7% $170,300
34 Hampton 136,255 7.8% $186,600
35 Abingdon 8,044 7.3% $159,200
36 Suffolk 88,057 6.7% $238,200
37 Harrisonburg 53,064 5.3% $196,200
38 Dumfries 5,216 5.1% $189,300
39 Manassas 41,379 7.4% $307,000
40 Fredericksburg 28,135 5.6% $341,200
41 Chesapeake 235,410 5.8% $260,900
42 Smithfield 8,262 7.8% $274,100
43 Manassas Park 16,117 6.0% $263,300
44 Staunton 24,273 3.9% $162,500
45 Charlottesville 46,487 3.6% $277,800
46 Herndon 24,545 5.3% $415,700
47 Strasburg 6,570 4.2% $195,900
48 Williamsburg 14,817 7.3% $307,000
49 Fairfax 23,580 4.1% $501,900
50 Lexington 7,113 4.1% $252,500
51 Salem 25,521 4.7% $174,000
52 Virginia Beach 450,057 5.3% $267,300
53 Warrenton 9,854 3.9% $312,400
54 Alexandria 154,710 3.9% $537,900
55 Blacksburg 44,079 4.9% $286,500
56 Poquoson 12,022 4.7% $316,800
57 Christiansburg 21,892 3.6% $182,300
58 Leesburg 51,015 4.1% $394,000
59 Purcellville 9,217 5.3% $435,400
60 Falls Church 13,843 4.2% $742,000
61 Bridgewater 5,930 2.9% $220,000
62 Vienna 16,474 2.8% $687,000

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24 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Virginia For 2019

  1. Wow, I guess it’s a good thing you DON’T measure anything but numbers. I grew up in Hampton Roads, I live in Galax now, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We’re home to the Virginia State Barbecue Championship (Smoke On the Mountain), the biggest and best old-time-mountain music gathering in the world (the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, going on as we speak) and the kindest, friendliest, most helpful people I’ve met in my life. Not to mention having what is honestly the best barbecue restaurant on earth (The Galax Smokehouse) as my neighbor.

    I won’t deny there’s hardship and finances could be better; but painting this place as depressing rural slum is unfair and inaccurate. We draw a LOT of tourists almost year-round, and for good reason. I love Southwest Virginia in general and Galax in particular. We have good food and wine, we have a good bookstore, we have wonderful festivals, and we have the most beautiful music you’ll ever hear. I think that adds up to plenty, thanks.

    P.S. The winters are colder than eastern Virginia, sure, but they’re not as horrible as you’re making them out to be and they DON’T last half the year.

    1. I grew up in Fries, right next to Galax, and I have to say that this is pretty accurate.

      Galax is a pretty backwards little town with fairly little to offer. When you grow up in the area and the attraction for a place to go for entertainment is the parking lot of Walmart, there’s not a lot to do.

      When you grow up poor, it’s even worse. That means you probably don’t even have a car to get to the Walmart parking lot unless you’re going there with your parents or you get lucky and have a friend who is better off than you financially.

      Galax is also unfortunate enough to be a high traffic zone for the drug cartels. Unless you either know someone in the police force, do a ride along with them, or you are looking for them for the obvious reasons, you would probably never notice, but once you’re aware of it, they are not hard to spot.

      There’s a reason that so many of the youth who go to college don’t come back.

  2. We’re #2, but like Hertz, we try harder   If snobby jerks find our communities here in SWVA so offensive, I’m pretty happy they stay where they are. I’m in love with our changing seasons, winding roads, soaring mountains and scenic vistas. Sure, we have too many unemployed – but so does most of Virginia, and America, for that matter. Our schools may not spend the national average on students, but I’ll put our teachers up against anybody. So “roadsnacks”, stay where you enjoy. You’ll never like it where people speak to you on the sidewalks, help neighbors, and enjoy life.

  3. Mark Pruett bluefield va is not slummy i feel that someone got their towns mixed up. drugs and crime are bad on the wva side and so is the housing. in bluefield va you find better home in almost all areas of the town. now blfd wva is a older town with older homes like it was said in this article. maybe they need to go back and look closer. i myself was born and lived in blfd. va for many years. bluefield virginia has many nice residential areas. sedwood, double gates pinehill park, west graham and others yea income may be low but so is the crime. i think they need to go back and look at the wva side and you will see it is the area that has all they said was in bluefield va.so i have to dissagree with most of what was said about bluefield va.

    1. Well said and all true. I seem to recall finding lots to do growing up in Bluefield. This article is just foolish,

  4. We live in Hampton Roads now, but I was a pastor in Galax from 2002-2007 and totally disagree with this rating of Galax as the worst city over 5k in Virginia. Sure the numbers may tell one story but it’s not a complete story. What Galax lacks in 21st century commercialization, it more than makes up for in a simpler way of life, some great restaurants (Galax Smokehouse), some great churches, wonderful people, and beautiful scenery. Maybe our country would be in better shape today if people left the malls and walked a mountain trail, or rode bikes down scenic paths, or strapped on a backpack and went hiking with friends. I believe that it would be. Galax has its problems like any small town, but I believe it’s positive points greatly outweigh the negative.

    1. I too have lived in Galax .I feel that it is one of the worst places in va .I don’t see it as being number one.Its not a place for young people but a great place for the old.It needs more things for the young people to do.

  5. You could atleast put updated pictures of the place you trash on here. The picture of Marion is over two years old. The boarded up widows is now a great brick oven pizza restaurant with 27 beers on tap.

  6. Bluefield va has a decent unemployment rate has a wonderful four seasons climate and extraordinary scenic views. GHIS is one of the best academic high schools in va with great success in several academic competitions in the state. We have m as ny culter as l venues including Bluefield College symposia, Bluefield State College science and technology programs, the Bluefield Arts Center, the monthly music concerts at First Christian Church and the Summit Players dinner theater.
    We have wonderful four seasons climate experience as well as spectacular vistas. We have access to the best 4-wheeler trail in the US, the Hatfield-McCoy trail and hunting and fishing as rewarding as anywhere. Pray tell where did you get the ‘facts’ to form your conclusions/opinions that Bluefield va is a ‘ worst ‘place to live?

  7. I hate to see Bluefield on the list. And I definitely disagree with the description of “slummy”.
    There are a few very old buildings still standing but just down the road from the picture they used is a very busy main street. The majority of our town is well cared for & beautiful.

  8. Well I totally disagree with these stats.I don’t live in Va.now,but lived in Lebanon area for twenty years.I just recently travelled to Va.Beach,Norfork area.I have never been so stressed out by the traffic and the rudeness of the people.Not even to mention there crime rate.Everything is not always based on looks and stats that is nothing except an opinion that someone had nothing else to do,but gather this worthless information.I have been in most of these little towns and no way do they need to be told that they didn’t make the cut.It’s almost like they have been counted out,guess what these people still have there home town pride.

  9. Just another outsider evaluating a place and culture they clearly DO NOT understand.The Appalachian region maintains the distinctive culture of miner-mountaineers. In its traditional aspects, this culture places a value upon rural lifestyle, relative isolation, and a harmony with nature not found in urban areas. There is a strong importance attached to personal relationships and personal interaction, and to the social organizations of kin, neighbors, and church, NOT how many movie theaters or expensive resterauants you have. In saying this, outsiders drive through and attempt to evaluate the area, but fall very short of the truth. You must be a TRUE native to understand our culture and it’s very obvious the writer of this article doesn’t have a clue about what is really going on behind the scenes of this unique culture.

  10. Who are you guys (& gals)? Pretty poor predictions if you haven’t visited these communities. Marion is not in the Allegheny mountains. It does have a vibrant downtown revitalization under way. Galax is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Parkway goes right by there. Richlands, Big Stone Gap and Bluefield have very safe communities, by and large. They are just unfortunate to happen to be dependent on an economy of coal upon which Obama has raged all out war. Wonder where we’ll be when the lights across the nation start going out because not enough coal is being mined in the regions where these communities are located. Shame on you roadsnacks.

  11. What a very poor article….totally misleading. If you are reporting on only the negative aspects, call it that and do your ranking. If you are talking about a place to live, it is totally poor research and writing to not include everything, which would include the positive aspects, such as cultural, scenic, etc. Whoever wrote this should stop writing until they learn more about reporting.

  12. Great job on this article! I’ve been saying this for years. I don’t take this personally because I realize it is merely a study. The entire world does studies and you made it quite clear that you are not intending to insult people. Marion does not have many good paying jobs. Some people do well here but those are the fortunate ones. I know way more people who do not do well…some can barely buy food. There are more and more organizations and churches having to help these days. I know this because I have been involved with feeding the poor. It grows faster ever year. When the best factories shut down in 2002 everything changed and not for the best. We have nice restaurants downtown and it is good for the tourists. But for many people who live here it is a day to day struggle. Unless they are out helping those people (which many do) no one can imagine how hard it is for some to buy food or even medicine. I have seen a LOT right here in town. Most jobs are part-time or minimum wage. I’m sorry that these people are offended by this study but reality for many people here is that there are no jobs for the young people graduating unless they are lucky enough to fall into the family business or something along that nature. As far as the crime rate – oh yes! Meth is huge here. The police do their best but it continues to multiply daily. The closest jail (Abingdon) just built on to add hundreds of more people. And they can’t believe our crime rate is bad?! Sorry it sounds like people live with their heads in the sand. As beautiful as some areas are around here the big money paying jobs are gone for those who are looking at this time. It’s a good place to retire or visit but living here is tough. However if anyone is interested in helping the poor, please contact your local church..it just might open your eyes. I appreciate this article. Keep up the good work!

    1. Very well said. I have lived in Marion, VA from the day I was born and I’m now 30 years old and yet nothing has changed that has made a great impact on the working person and our children if anything it has gotten worse. There are less jobs day after day for the majority of the citizens that have a GED, High School Dipolma, or a couple years of college and that’s 75% of the people. My percentage may not be accurate but it’s the point. The working person struggles day in and day out around Marion. Most of the schools are falling down, no one in the education field gets paid correctly, and worse than that teachers have stopped loving their jobs and kids are being bullied daily and nothing gets done about it. Our tax dollars are wasted on the most ridiculous things instead of bringing business in, fixing our schools, building free places for children to go instead of getting hooked on drugs because they are bored. Please get your heads out of the clouded because yes this is a beautiful place to live but in no way are we improving things by not having more jobs, more activities for children, and listing to people my age for a change would be a great idea considering we are trying to build and raise family’s in this town not retire and go to the Lincoln Theater.

  13. All those places are nice towns. I love Saltville. There’s no more beautiful place to live but down in the mountains of Va.

  14. I’d have to agree about Galax not having anything to do but sometimes that’s a good thing . I live in a very small town in Ohio but spent allot of time in Galax and thought it was a breath of fresh air . Who ever wrote this has no idea what winter weather is like .

  15. While all of the pictures posted of these small towns show decent…even nice…pictorial depictions, why show the outskirts of town in the Bluefield one? THAT i s NOT Bluefield, VA, though it is IN Bluefield, VA. Bluefield is a very nice, quiet small town; clean (with the exception of a very few places…as in all places in the U.S.), very friendly people and neighbors always willing to lend a helping hand. I have lived here for all of my 60 years, and although, I do not like the winters (I have had SAD since childhood),I am in total disagreement with the writers of this article…every single word of it is a falsehood. The writer probably came as far as the Farm Bureau (in the picture) though Bluefield WV, and decided that they’d seen enough and turned around without ever seeing the real Bluefield, VA. And just for the record, we have the 6th largest Wal-Mart in the country!

  16. This article is most certainly accurate. I have lived in Big Stone Gap for nearly sixteen years, almost my entire life. Moreover, I must imply, if your not a teacher, do not obtain a position in a hospital, or work at a jail, then you will waste your time trying to find a satisfactory stream of income here. One of the main sources for wealth in several of the areas listed, was the coal industry. As anyone can guess, most of the firms have released their employees’ positions because of the strict regulations that the Obama administration has placed. Which leads to towns such as this one, to become quite poor and it increases the crime rate, the unemployment rate, and the decrease of pay for anyone who works around here. For an example, the teachers around here, have not had a raise in six to eight years. Thus, from my perspective, Big Stone is EXTREMELY boring and quite depressing. Yes, there may be nice views of the mountains and many outdoor activities to do, but most people around here are too busy working double time to support their family. In addition, even if the people had time to go out and do whatever he/she desires, there is absolutely nothing to do besides exercise in the park, eat at Little Mexico, and go to Wal-Mart.
    For more negative, true connotations, Big Stone Gap is a decreasing, economic slope and retirement home. There is nothing to do for teenagers, including me and everyone within Union High School, and the only jobs available for anyone who does not have a college degree, is Food City and Pizza Hut. It is pitiful, saddening, and I hope the situation of the area turns out for the best in the future. However, for now, it has most definitely been through better and stronger days.

    P.S.
    Food City is a larger employer than any of the coal companies around this area.

  17. Considering these rankings place Roanoke, Richmond, Newport News and Norfolk as worse places to live than Lynchburg I will have to disregard them. Roanoke has an amazing night scene and Richmond has a vibrant performing arts and music scene. Newport News and Norfolk, while not affluent communities, are situated in Eastern Virginia where you can find jazz performances and an awesome climate.

    With a population of over 60,000 people consisting almost entirely of families and retirees who do nothing except go out to eat, play cornhole, listen to country music and watch Virginia Tech football, a music scene limited to country and rap and an inability for a mid-level degree- and certification-holding IT professional be offered a job that pays more than $16/hr, Lynchburg is the most reprehensible excuse for a “city” I have ever encountered in my life.

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