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Safe City to live in. - 6/20/2007
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Dave
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I have lived in Columbus for 45 years. You can buy a house here from $20,000 up to $200,000. The inner-city homes are very cheap. Columbus City schools are mostly made up of non-white children. These schools have low academic performance. You can live in far northwest Columbus and have your kids to go Dublin City schools. Dublin City schools are known for their excellence. The Columbus City government is liberal Democrat. Columbus has Ohio State University, several hospitals, and Polaris and Tuttle Shopping Malls. There is a nice indoor gun range/trap range about 25 minutes north of Columbus near Delaware. They City is clean with no serious problems.

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mike
Groveport, OH

Columbus overall - 3/5/2016

After living in the Columbus area for 2 years, I think I can give an impartial review of the city. So, here goes: Pros: Low cost of living compared to many other places. I have no statistics, but there seems to be a good employment rate in a variety of fields. Many shows, concerts, festivals, etc. Good system of metro parks that are connected via a paved biking/walking path. Good library system with multiple branches Decent hospitals Good restaurants. Ohio state university and some good small colleges. Cons: Sprawl- Everything is spread out. The public transportation is not good. A car is pretty much a necessity, and this leads to traffic. Many drivers are overly aggressive. Many drive too slowly and do not pay attention. This is a bad combination. The weather is often dreary, humid, or rainy. Lots of littering. Hard to find a good neighborhood. Most decent areas are surrounded by urban decay. The northern suburbs are better, but they are bland, more expensive, and probably farther from your job. City schools are bad. You will find a lot of close minded people that are very set in their ways. Not much scenic beauty unless you like flat land and strip malls.

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mike
Groveport, OH

cost of living - 3/5/2016

low compared to many other places

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Andrew
Columbus, OH

Just the Right Size - 10/10/2015

Columbus may not be the biggest city but it certainly isn't the smallest. For comparison, I have spent time in both Chicago and Dayton, cities on either side of the city size spectrum and I can say without a doubt that Columbus is the best of the three. While Chicago may have more sports teams and famous landmarks and other points of interest downtown, the cost of living was outrageous and the population was just plain rude and don't even get me started on the God forsaken traffic. Columbus on the other hand has a great cost of living compared to cities all across America and for the most part people are generally nice and pleasant and traffic is better than you would expect. Once you take the time to learn the general traffic patterns of the city, its not too hard to get where you need to go and quickly. Columbus also has a decent amount of points of interest and there is plenty to do in and around the city. Dayton on the other hand couldn't be more boring and depressing. After going from Columbus to Dayton, I could slowly feel myself being drained due to the general lack of things to do. It felt like someone tried to build a copy of Columbus but ran out of money halfway through. With the exception of Wright-Patt AFB, it was hard to see any real job growth in the city. This is why I feel that Columbus is just the right size. Its big enough to be interesting and have plenty of opportunities but also not so big that it costs you an arm and a leg just to pay for the gas to get to work. I know there have been times that talking to friends in Chicago while I was in Columbus where gas has been 75 cents to a dollar cheaper per gallon. Another great thing about Columbus that many people overlook is its park system and green-space. All over downtown are parks and bike trails and places like the Scioto Mile, The Oval, and the Park of Roses which offer plenty of recreation areas. In the suburban areas, the Columbus Metro Parks system is top-notch and offers beautiful nature parks for everyone to enjoy. Another great perk of Columbus is its library system. Columbus has one of the best library systems in the country and it is integrated with the surrounding suburban libraries giving everyone in the city and its suburbs access to everything the combined inventory of all the libraries regardless of what part of the city they live in. Columbus also has excellent healthcare facilities. Both Ohio Health and Mount Carmel have large hospitals all across the city and OSU Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Childrens Hospital are nationally ranked Level 1 trauma centers. There are just so many more reasons to live in a city than whether or not its a "famous big city" and Columbus is able to cater to people of all ages, interests and professions.

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Barbara
Columbus, OH

Great place to raise a family! - 9/19/2015

There are many opportunities for physical activity in Columbus, Ohio. There are programs for children, adults, and the elderly. There are walking paths and bicycling paths. The YMCA has branches across the city.

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Rebecca
Columbus, OH

Depends on what you're looking for, but it's not a - 3/30/2015

Columbus is a great size, it's affordable, it has a lot of opportunities, some arts & culture, a lot of college related sports, and a few other professional athletic teams. I don't personally like the cold (I wouldn't mind never seeing snow or changing seasons again.) The winters are very gray here and that can make them feel long and tedious. However, we have a lovely spring, a crisp fall, and a hot summer. We have a large number of top rated medical facilities and doctors. The suburbs are nice and there are plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from, all with their own unique vibes. It is a decent place to live, people are friendly, and opportunities are here for the taking if you're looking.

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Rick
Columbus, OH

Pros and cons - 3/28/2015

Pros: stable economy, educated people, cultural activities, housing, friendly people, cost of living, restaurants and shopping, ethnic diversity. Cons: little natural beauty, gray climate, hostile weirdos downtown, small airport.

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L
Columbus, OH

Little big city - 9/21/2014

Although Columbus seems to suffer from a mild inferiority complex and is always trying to prove itself as a 'big city' it is fine the way it is, in my opinion. It has a stable economy not dependent on manufacturing, great recreational opportunities and greenspace and plentiful cultural opportunities. Its a manageable size ( it can be driven across in 20 mins, 40 mins at rush hour ) with many distinct neighborhoods to please any homebuyer. Some lament the domination of sports by Ohio State events but I've never considered professional sports a necessary part of the city I live in. The presence of The Ohio State University does provide Columbus with many academic and scholarly programs, lectures and opportunities it might not otherwise have. We have a vibrant arts community and a vital arts district in an old warehouse district called the short north. We have a reasonably good symphony orchestra and a great theatre company. I find it a very comfortable town to live in. It reminds me soewhat of Albany,NY in that it is somewhat overshadowed by other cities in its state but is the seat of state government and the home of the main campus of its dominant university

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Nate
Columbus, OH

Lack of good mass transit in the Columbus, Ohio ar - 8/8/2014

The public transportation system in the Columbus, Ohio area, does not compare with the mass transit systems in other cities. For years, it used antiquated buses, which were not on a par with buses in other cities. For example, the New York City Transit Authority had buses, whereby the passengers could exit via the rear door, by opening the door after the bus stopped. For years, the Columbus buses lacked that device, and passengers had to depend on the whim of the drivers to let us off. I tried to tell one nasty driver that he couldn't see the passengers at the rear, if the bus was crowded. He became incensed and started becoming belligerent and pointing his finger in my face. Those devices were finally installed, after many years. Unfortunately, the cushioned seats which were once prevalent were replaced with plexiglass seats, which are very uncomfortable. Also, those seats really are not wide enough to comfortably seat two passengers. In addition, the buses are rarely cleaned, and they smell badly. The drivers run those buses at a snail's pace. One time, I actually observed a driver reading a booklet, while driving his bus, on a major thoroughfare. Another time, a driver actually had the gall to ask some foreign born passengers to move to the rear of the bus, as he didn't like to hear them speaking in Russian. There was a strike which lasted nearly a month. After the strike was over, the drivers gained very little, and still had the same bad attitudes and chips on their shoulders, once the strike was concluded. Last, it isn't always safe to go on the buses, as there have been instances of gangs perpetrating assaults on the buses, and gunfire being directed at the buses. The alternative is driving; however, I try to stay off the roadways during rush hour. The reason that there is so much vehicular traffic on the streets and the roads, is because the mass transit system, as outlined above, is not that great. When driving, one has to deal with Columbus drivers who love to tailgait, even at a high rate of speed; they also love to pass cars in front of them, with only inches to spare. There have been instances where drivers who have been going very slow in the right lane, will intentionally speed up, to prevent a motorist in the left lane from passing them. Other specialties of Columbus motorists include going through stop signs, red lights, driving cars with defective mufflers, inoperable brake lights and head lights, cracked windshields, wheels which are out of balance, failure to yield the right of way, racing down residential streets, at a speed way over the speed limit, playing loud boom box music from their cars, and throwing cigarettes and other debris out of their cars. Outside of the above, transportation in the Columbus, Ohio area, is an absolute delight!

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Nate
Columbus, OH

Drivers' in Columbus, Ohio - 7/30/2014

Previously, I've commented about the terrible driving habits of Columbus motorists. However, I realized that I omitted some habits which I'd like to add to the list. There have been occasions when some motorists, for whatever reason, will choose to travel in either the right or left lanes, at a speed well below the legal limit. Then, when one attempts to legally pass them, using directional signals, and allowing plenty of room to change lanes, those despicable motorists will deliberately accelerate, and attempt to prevent one from passing them. It appears to be a sadistic habit, of which there is really no logical explanation. Another terrible habit of Columbus motorists, especially in residential neighborhoods, is their habit of backing out of a driveway, even when they don't have the right of way, and a car is approaching from the opposite direction. One can honk their horn from today until tomorrow to warn them; it won't do any good, as they will insist upon backing out into the middle of the street, even if there might be a pending collision! In addition, Columbus motorists are just too lazy to dispose of their used cigarettes in their automobile ash trays. Instead, they toss their used cigarette butts out of the windows, thus adding to the dirt on the city streets. They could care less about the littering laws. If they engaged in such conduct in Singapore, at least a $500.00 fine would be imposed. Columbus motorists also love to exceed the speed limit in many residential neighborhoods, often flying down the street between 40-45 miles per hour, when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour. More often than not, people have visitors in the residential areas, who could care less about parking laws. I've seen cases of people leaving their cars parked longer than 72 hours on the street, even though there are laws against that. Also, people like to park closer than five feet to a driveway, in spite of the fact that is also forbidden. Last, I've noticed the proliferation of not only boomboxes in some cars, but cars driving with cut off mufflers, which make a very loud, grating, and unpleasant sound. The government of the City of Columbus never ceases to amaze me. It was only the other day, that it sent several sweeper trucks sweeping the empty streets, when their services weren't really needed. However, during the winter, when the snow piles up, and residents need their streets plowed and salted, snow plows are not to be found on city residential streets. Residents should not have to drive down the equivalent of an ice skating rink, because the city officials wish to save money on salt, equipment, and labor costs.

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Geraldo
Morgantown, KY

bad city people - 5/26/2014

I get blammed for my great grand parents owning black slaves, but that is wrong because I was told your great grand parents owned Chinese people because they are better workers. I got jumped at a walmart today by one white punk kid and a black kid.walmart does not wont to get involved because of the gang members around the area.i went shopping after the cops took a report and I saw 5 mexicans ripping shirts out of plastic bags and putting those shirts in there pants.i told a walmart superior about it and I was told it does not do any good to call the police because all they do is take reports and those mexicans dont understand English. No wonder Columbus Ohio is turning into another Detroit Michigan. A corrupt plane and the non guilty people are charged.

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Like to
Columbus, OH

I love Columbus - 5/21/2014

After a divorce and losing my job, I relocated to Columbus for more opportunities since Cleveland, Oh was on the decline. I fell in love with Columbus. In general, the people were more friendly and willing to help with anything from driving directions to who was hiring. This may not seem like a big deal to you if you are moving from the south but as a woman moving from Cleveland, this spoke Volumes! Its very diverse here, which I love too. the public schools may not be what I cheer for, however, there are many Great options for alternative, private or chartered schools! Stop waiting... if you are ready to move here! COME ON! no regrets!

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Nate
Columbus, OH

Addendum to review of Columbus, which was written - 4/22/2014

In my prior review of Columbus in 2012, I commented then, pertaining to the substandard snow removal program, which Columbus has. I might have well predicted the winter of 2014, in Columbus, as the nearly 58 inches of snow, which Columbus received this past winter and early spring, was not removed very well. There was ice and snow (including black ice), which stayed on the ground for weeks. Sure enough, we heard the same nonsensical excuses, which I've heard for forty two years. Now, it appears that snow plows which were on order, didn't arrive in time, and the city officials promised to have more snow plows in time for the winter of 2015. Unfortunately, I heard the exact same excuse in 1978, following the blizzard, which struck that year. In 1979, the snow plows which we were ordered, never arrived in time. Also, even if the additional snow plows arrive in time for next season, it won't make any difference, since many of the older plows will be retired. Also, to this date, the city of Columbus still has not officially revised its obsolete policy of ignoring the residential side streets, until the snow reaches four inches. The fact of the matter, is that Columbus has ignored its own policy and has failed to spread salt and plow residential streets, even when the snow has reached four inches. Indianapolis has the same amount of miles of streets as Columbus does (about 6,000), yet it has over three times the amount of snow plows (over 300, counting ones provided by private contractors). On the other hand, Columbus has barely 100, counting private contractors. Until this town decides to devote a higher priority to snow removal, the quality of life, in the winter, will continue to be abysmal.

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Joseph
Columbus, OH

Columbus is a Joke, STAY AWAY! - 1/17/2014

I have lived in Columbus for 4 year now and there is definitely more BAD then GOOD. Sure, it's a city with things to do BUT the people are weird. A lot withdrawn, fake, insecure, and FAT people. OMG there are so many nasty people here it's funny and sad. Diversity is great if you like to feel the racial tension in the air. NO ONE knows how to drive, horrible. I live in a good area and my car has been broken into 3 times and my brother in laws truck was stolen. The crime here is outrageous. Way worse than any place I have ever lived. Sure it's a little cheaper here but so is the pay. Downtown if that';s what you want to call it has some things to do but it gets old quick. I have lived in a lot of different places in my life but the people here seem to be the worse. There's seems to be a disconnect to it, kind of hard to describe. Maybe it;s the crap weather. I can;t wait to move in February and never come back. If you visit, take a drive down Sullivant Avenue, it's the best! LOL, this place is seriously a joke. The only reason it's growing is because of the cheap, low income housing everywhere and the foreigners. Good Luck!

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dr799296
Westerville, OH

Dispelling Ignorant Columbus, OH Myths - 9/28/2013

As someone who lives in Columbus, I'd like to dispel a lot of ignorance that has been posted to this board, especially from one poster about a year ago whose comments overused phrases like "extremely boring" and "nothing to do" since it seems this person never left his/her house. Columbus is a very diverse city. To the Clevelander who posted that nearly everyone was from West Virginia--I only laugh at this since a. it's not a fact and b. it's a very, very ignorant and prejudiced observation. Columbusites have their own prejudices about the aging city of Cleveland, so I guess turnabout's fair play (and I won't get into disparaging that city by stating some facts). 2013, Columbus was ranked the most intelligent city in the United States by the Intelligent Communities Forum, so I think that speaks for the so-called "brain drain". We did have an issue with that some years ago, however, since we've been growing at an average rate of 7% over the past few years, we've made up for it. Traffic in certain areas can indeed be bad. Anything near the East side (i.e. I70) is a rough trek. The Polaris area is also notorious for bad traffic, but this is all part of living in a big city. Columbusites can be, for the msot part, somewhat aloof. We're not overly friendly and we're not overly rude. Most people are quite polite, so to say that people are "awful" is again blanketing the city based on people you've met (whom aren't all from West Viginina ...). Comments about the food scene are also hilarious. Yes, like any other city, Cbus has chain restaurants. However, go down to the Short North and to the downtowns of the suburbs and even downtown Columbus and you'll find many non-chain restaurants of high caliber from creative and talented chefs. The Mitchell establishments and others have won awards. I guess the person who stated this missed Restaurant Week the entire time he/she was here. Grandview, Upper Arlington and other inner suburbs have great restaurants. Go above and beyond an Olive Garden, please. Things to do: Columbus has a nice Museum of Art, sports (pro hockey with the Jackets; Ohio State is the biggest college sports scene) and many, many recreational facilities. I can't even name them all ... Our Metroparks are amazing. Bike and leisure trails galore, from the city out to the country. Cricket and soccer fields. I could go on. If you're outdoors-y, you're within a half hour of countryside and maybe about an hour to camping. Not to mention Hoover Reservoir, which is popular for water sports. The cost of living is pretty amazing here. The tax is under 7%, housing is very reasonable and it's easy to get around. The City school district is working to do better, but it's not that great. Meanwhile, many suburban school districts are very good, even the inner ring 'burbs. There are many, many neighborhoods to choose from depending on your style, desired atmosphere and, of course, your pockets. We also have many stable companies here, which helps to keep our average unemployment at a very reasonable rate as compared to other parts of the country (Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, Tween Brands, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase ... just to name a small few.) The weather can indeed be sketchy. We joke that if you don't like the weather in Cbus, wait five minutes. And it is true that our winters are hard to predict. One year it can be long and unbearable and the next, hardly any snow with warmer temps. Our fall can be cool and crisp one day, but then we have a late heat wave a few days. It really varies as will your utility bills as a result. In short, if you review an entire city, please get out of your house and actually experience it before posting limited knowledge on the web.

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Larry
Grove City, OH

Columbus, Ohio: Great City - "AWFUL PEOPLE" - 9/21/2013

First, let me say Columbus is a very nice city to live in. there is a lot to do and the city is easy to get around in a relative short time. There are activities for all and the city is rebuilding. We cannot wait to retire and leave this city because the people for the most part are terrible. At first they seem nice but if they find out you are not a native of the city they are either very cold or they are sarcastic and verbally abusive. If you even mention the state Michigan they are obnoxious and just plain mean. They will insult people from different states and they are also verbally abusive to visiting fans. It is a real shame they treat people in such a disdainful manner because the city is actually very nice.

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Larry
Columbus, OH

Columbus, Ohio - 8/28/2013

Great city - very affordable and gets better every year!

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s
Columbus, OH

Quality of Life - 8/14/2013

For anyone wanting to raise a family, Columbus is PERFECT. If you're coming here for Broadway Theatre, Museums, or whatever it is that people from the East Coast and other larger cities do for entertainment, you won't find it. I am a single mother, relocated here from Cleveland,Ohio. There was a culture shock when I first arrived due to the large number of people from West Virginia, whew, main stream media has never exploited their honey boo boo bretherns like they have my black ghetto bretherns. If they had, I would have been more ready to handle the mentality of the large number of WV hicks. Even a large number of the black here are from West Viginia. So I think that's the attitude a lot of you are mentioning, the Appalachia mentality. But for raising a family, you have great housing, great schools in most suburbs, plenty of family activities: parks everywhere, fishing, main library with many branches, great city parks and recs with plenty of activities, one of the biggest state fairs, and Colleges galore, mega churches - everything I needed to raise a well educated, loving, content son. And on the few occasions I needed some more upscale adult entertainment - I escaped to Cleveland,Chicago or Atlanta. Singles or couples not wanting to have kids - I'd agree Columbus is not the place for you.

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Joe
Hilliard, OH

quality of life - 8/8/2013

Columbus is a fabulous place to live. World's biggest small town. You can have most all of the amenities of a metropolitan area, yet you can be to almost anywhere in the metro area in less than 30 minutes. Very welcoming community to all types.

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Ari
Columbus, OH

Columbus isn't perfect, but it's livable - 4/9/2013

I've read a lot of comments on here that are biased in saying that Columbus is either heaven on earth or hell on earth. Columbus is neither. I have lived here with my family for the past five years and as like getting used to a different place, it took some adjusting. First off the weather is sporadic. One year it cold snow, a lot, not like in Cleveland or northern Ohio, but enough to close the roads down and the next year it could not snow as much, barely at all. One year we could have a long winter from October to Mid-April and another year winter could start in December and end in March, you just never know. One day it could be hot and the next day over cast and rainy. It's not ideal weather but it is not as cold as Cleveland, NY or WI by any means. The cost of living in Columbus, depends on the part of town you live in. If you live in downtown Columbus and pay $400 in rent, don't let the nice houses fool you, because you are in the middle of the ghetto. If you want to live in an area with decent schools, Columbus city schools have a bad reputation, then you have to live in a suburb where a condo/apartment could cost you $900+. Also since we live in the Midwest, we have to pay utilities like gas, which in other parts of the country are unnecessary. So if you can afford it, by all means, head to the burbs. I heard that the people in Columbus are ruder than people in NY, and if you're in the ghetto or in a very uppity part of town, then yes people can be trashy or rude respectively, just like in every city in the country! Columbus is no different. I also read a comment where it mentioned that Columbus has nothing to do and to throw your nice clothes away because there is no where to go. So Columbus isn't NY or LA or Miami, or Chicago. You have to remember you are in the MIDWEST! Columbus has corn fields for crying out loud! The people are simple, down to earth, and hardworking, and that is something you can not say about NY or LA or Miami. People aren't pretentious or superficial. They are not the friendliest and warmest people in the world but they are generally very polite. The restaurant chains in Columbus are it's downfall where one part of town could have an Olive Garden where another part of town doesn't so you have to drive eight miles to get Olive Garden. It's like trying to find a needle in a hay stack sometimes finding an address because everything is so nondescript and the roads are confusing if you don't know the area. Invest in a GPS or smartphone when looking for an address here. Columbus has several theaters like the Palace theater and Southern theater, the Ballet Met holding several shows a year, art galleries with an annual Gallery Hop, a vibrant local music scene, an up and coming poetry scene with a different coffee shop open mic reading every night M-F, along with the many conventions, fairs, festivals that happen around the city annually. There are good places to eat in The Short North, the famous North Market to visit, along with a nationally ranked Jack Hannah owned zoo. The children's museum, COSI is also nationally ranked. There are dozens of parks where they have community gardens, bike trails, walking paths, and The Park of Roses in Clintonville. The University holds all sorts of events from performing art productions, to festivals, the Ohio State Fair, art museum, holds different concerts featuring orchestras and bands alike. Along with all the other things to do near campus, there is the Gateway Film Festival showing a broad range of artsy independent films. The Nationwide Arena holds several different sporting events relating to the Hockey team. The Ohio State games are a very big deal here whether they are Football or basketball and are a sight to see if you ever get to see the TBDBITL perform in all its glory on the field. Central Ohio is home to nearby Amish Country which is a nice day trip to take with the kids. In other words, if you get bored in Columbus, it's your own fault and maybe you don't belong in a city with culture. If you need more culture than that then by all means, NY and LA are calling your name. If you get sick in Columbus, head to The Ohio State Hospital, with a nationally ranked Heart and Cancer center. All in all, its a great small city to live in. A lot of the things in Central Ohio are nationally ranked places to visit from the galleries to the hospitals. If you can deal with the weather, understand that no place is perfect, and can steer clear of the sketchy areas of town you'll like it here.

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Brian
Columbus, OH

Columbus needs to be more hospitable - 2/23/2013

Daisey you are right I've only been here 7months and I had no idea the people were so rude. My brother just moved here from New York and he said columbus by far is worst. There are a lot of things to do but don't move here if you have high blood pressure. You have to fight traffic because there is hardly any courtesy and the hospitality I would rate a 3 out of 10. Pubic housing has a 2 year waiting list and most of the good school zones have high rent rates which would not be a problem except most jobs don't pay well. A lot of people have two jobs here and that's not living when you have a family. Racism is alive and well here although you don't see rebel flags waving. My best experience here was catching a glimpse of the presidential motorcade or Marine 1 flying over my job.

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