Nah__nifty town actually, Utica Club beer, State Theater, nice little zoo. Years ago they had a couple of mounted police patrols in the downtown area__that was cool.<quoted text>
You live in the State of NY. Period.
Whatever poor, redneck county you live in is irrelevant.
The most famous thing about Utica is;
"Last One Out of Utica, Please Turn Out The Lights,"
Also years ago Floyd Patterson had a boxing camp near Utica with matches during weekday nights, Wednesday iirc, that were worth the couple of bucks admission.