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Pros

-Small-town atmosphere
-Historic interest
-Attractive setting

Cons

-Arts and culture
-Low educational attainment
-Air service


What Bert Has To Say About Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metro Area


Hagerstown lies at the gateway to the Western Maryland region and the Shenandoah Valley to the south. Historically, it was an important transportation center because of its location along major east-west and north-south routes and near a passage west through the Cumberland Gap. Today, Hagerstown is a pleasant mix of old and new with a notable downtown historic area and an unusually large concentration of pre–Civil War row homes not unlike nearby Baltimore’s famous row houses. There are some attractive new suburbs mostly northeast and some gritty working class areas close to the main city.

Entertainment includes minor-league baseball, the Hagerstown Speedway, and the nation’s oldest farmers market. The area is a bit isolated from other East Coast cities, and educational attainment is low, but cost of living is very attractive for the region. Martinsburg is another historic transportation hub just across the border in the West Virginia panhandle towards Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Because of its strategic location, good labor force and tax incentives, the area has developed a good base of light and medium industry. The Maryland Transit Authority runs “MARC” commuter train service all the way to Martinsburg; commutes to Washington DC are 2 hours but many DC northern suburbs can be reached in a little over an hour.

The area is located in a broad, flat agricultural extension of Virginia’s famed Shenandoah Valley. The surroundings, particularly to the northwest and southeast, are hilly and wooded with deciduous trees. Hagerstown has a continental climate influenced by the nearby Atlantic and milder climates to the south and mountains to the west.

Summers are warm, calm, and humid, with occasional thunderstorms. Winters are cold but severe effects are moderated by the mountains, which block many heavy storms and cold-air blasts. Occasional heavy snow occurs when storms originating on the Atlantic or from the southwest hit the area. Spring and fall are pleasant. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.


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Quick Facts About Martinsburg


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Martinsburg is 6.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Martinsburg jobs have Decreased by 0.01 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Martinsburg's cost of living is 3.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Martinsburg's population is 17,316 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 13.38 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 29 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Martinsburg is $160,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Martinsburg public schools spend $12,247 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.4 students per teacher in Martinsburg.

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re: Martinsburg, WV - 7/11/2005
And that Wal-Mart just appeared, in the form of the new Spring Mills Wal-Mart Supercenter, built on the site of the Civil War battle of Falling Waters. Requests to the... (read more)
re: Growth - 10/3/2005
Berkeley County population in 2008 is now roughly 100,000. Still no zoning, no intelligent plan for growth, no concern, ... hey, mon, no... (read more)
re: Ready to move - 4/26/2006
All true, so sadly true... (read more)
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