Fayette County Reviews
Rating 3.05 out of 5 22 reviews
This town is like the rating. Average. It is a town not a city so if you like boring and uninteresting, this town is for you.
As someone who grew up and still lives in Fayette County, I can say with confidence that it is good for families and a relatively safe county. The school system isn't in the best shape due to a recent consolidation, but it will take time to improve upon.
As a person who lives in Fayette county I love it the life is very quiet with not a lot of people. If I could I would bring more jobs into our county. Another great thing is though we have so much to offer for tourism.
It is a very small community, but it is very beautiful with a lot of hiking, biking, rafting.
This area has always had economical challenges. Some of the local educational programs are improving but the county in which I live has poor school facilities at this time and has been under state control for five years. The people and the beauty of this place are what make this home. There have always been challenges and there always will be. Nowhere is perfect, but this is where I choose to live.
In my area crime itself isn't very bad. I would say in a small town like the one I was brought into the worst thing the police have to worry about is drug use. There are many people in my community that need to step up and get a job.
In my rating I state that my area would be 3/5 stars, that "It's okay". To a degree this is true. My area is a beautiful place to live, there are plenty of nature hiking trails and rivers. If you are an outdoors lover then this is a nice place to visit and possibly even live. But it isn't a boom town, there are no new businesses. The closest Walmart is twenty minutes away.
High school graduates AND older members of the work force often leave this area seeking employment because the opportunities here are poor. Tourism has replaced coal mining as a major employer, but employment in tourism and related industries is often at minimum or near-minimum wages. The roads are often full of pot holes because of damage suffered in the winter months from state road vehicles cleaning the snow and ice from the road ways. There have been incidents of crime in the local mall because teenagers have no other more suitable place to congregate on evenings and weekends. Surely this makes adults more cautious about going there with their families because they don't consider the place as safe as it could be. It is not uncommon to see junk cars parked in yards. Garbage disposal services are all private, and offer no recycling of any sort.
I feel safe in this area and I don't worry too much about my parents and family who still live there.
If you enjoy experiencing all 4 seasons and don't mind navigating the roadways in ice and snow, this place would suit you well. There is a ski resort within 30 miles, and the Army Corp. of Engineers control over the local dam and a delayed turn to cold weather in the Fall allows for an extended whitewater rafting season that many tourists and locals enjoy.
I can't rate bars and drink specials since I'm not yet 21. We have to travel over 50 miles for a Red Lobster restaurant. Our local seafood restaurant choices consist of Captain D's and Long John Silver's, not anything where you can eat from a plate that isn't made of paper. We have no vegetarian restaurants here, although you can eat vegetarian at some places by carefully selecting your food. There are 3 locally owned restaurants that offer unique options that I believe draw people from surrounding areas and certainly many people from the many local whitewater rafting businesses (in season.)
I feel like I have no choice but to leave this area to obtain desirable employment, and I believe many others feel this way too. For example, my own father has spent over 30 years now traveling 2 states away for employment, returning home on the weekends to be with his family. It is a big coal mining area, but many mines have closed and many miners have left to obtain work elsewhere. Healthcare is a viable option here, but the standards are below average and the pay is not competitive with other cities, especially in other states.
I love where I live.
We live 2 miles out of Rainelle (Greenbrier County), so our 911 dispatch is 35 minutes away. This is not a good thing if law enforcement is needed.
We live in the mountains of WV, so we get plenty of snow. It is usually moderate through the summer. Winter clothes through the Winter and shorts for summer.