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Parkersburg, WV

#23 Sep 23, 2012
batboy5534 wrote:
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Jennifer you are the reason why we left those apartments on Palmer drive. Always hitting on guys, with your slutty trailer park ways. Go back to Ritchie county were you belong.
Sorry, but you have the wrong Jennifer. lol I am not nor have I ever been to Ritchie county. Me and my husband lived in one of the townhouses not the trailer park. So, before you shout out senseless babble at strangers, make sure you know who you are talking to. ;)

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#24 Oct 8, 2012
Anyone know who Chris Tingler is?
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Barboursville, WV

#26 Oct 29, 2012
I live on covert yes its a little f up.

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#27 Oct 29, 2012
Stay away from 7th street and the surrounding areas!!! 5 shootings and three standings in less than 6 months

Parkersburg, WV

#28 Nov 3, 2012
Print up a map of Parkersburg which shows the street names, City Park, and Parkersburg. Draw a box from 7th to 23rd St., from the park to the high school. While you can find the odd crime or incident of drug use anywhere, roughly 80% of the city's police calls are made up of a combination of visits to that area and problems which are out of that area but which involve one or more people that live in it.

This really isn't a high-crime town. The odds are, you'll be safe even within that area. I do a lot of walking and bicycling in Parkersburg and have probably travelled every street and the majority of alleys and have never been seriously hassled. But if you're in that area after dark you will almost certainly encounter some combination of: drunks, druggies and their dealers, whores and their pimps, fights - I saw one earlier this year with around 20 participants, some with bats - domestic disturbances, people trying to bum money from you, and the "offensively crazy." There is a large percentage of... I guess you'd call them "rental properties owned by slum-lords who'll rent to anyone because they receive their rent fees from the government" properties there. So you will certainly be able to find a place to live at a cheap price there. Just lock your doors at night, lock your car always, don't be surprised if a drunk - or someone pretending to be a drunk in order to case your home - pounds on your door at 3am, and plan on doing your sleeping at work.

That being said, you'll still find the occasional decent family or retired couple living in that area. I've got to commend them for staying, but I wish they'd put more effort into cleaning up their neighbourhood problems. The police don't make any concentrated effort at it - although they will, of course, come when called - because it's far more convenient to have the trash mostly in one location than it is to have it spread all over the city.

That is on the north side of the Little Kanawha River. The neighborhood off the downtown side of the 5th St.bridge - behind Tim Horton's - is pretty bad, too. Like the other area, I've never been seriously hassled except the one evening I unknowingly bicycled past a crack dealer doing business and he pulled out a pistol. But by the time he'd taken three steps I was already three gears up and doing about 29mph, lol. I doubt he'd have shot me because it's probably bad for business - and it's not like this is Detroit (although we get the occasional drug dealer from there, Columbus, OH, etc.)- but he might have shot AT me so I decided to avoid the area while on future rides.

Parkersburg, WV

#29 Nov 3, 2012
(Continued from previous comment.)
As for the south side (across the river), there isn't really much in the way of things to worry about. Worst thing is an annoying old drunk on a motorized wheelchair that smells like urine who'll try to get you to give him money. Hmm... And sometimes people will let their dog run around the neighborhood. Other than that and a small low-budget trailer-park, you only have the odd random issue that you would have a chance of anywhere. Probably because there are only a few beer joints on the south side and those are old (and with old customers).

The main thing is, if you are going to move to any part of Parkersburg, make SURE you have a guaranteed job waiting for you. There's not much unless you like working at a convenience store or fast food place - and even then, every time one decides to hire, 500 people line up to apply.

Crime is low. Tornadoes, very rare. Forest fires, nil. I'd call it a great place to raise a family - the surrounding regions are pretty and the average person is friendly - except that the jobs are scarce and the chemical plants have been poisoning the air, ground, water, wildlife, and people for decades. I read in the paper a few years back that they had determined it was safe to eat fish you caught in the Ohio river (I wouldn't even try anything from the Little Kanawha, lol)... if you only ate it once per month. Oh, and do a Google search for: DuPont C8. Just one of our various chemical plants and one of its little... gifts to the community. Oh, and know that if you do move here and raise a family and if your child stays here, if he later retires and goes to, say, a retirement community in Florida and has a chest x-ray and blood work done, his doctor will probably guess that he came from the Mid-Ohio Valley. But at least we have quite a few Oncologists (cancer doctors) and they and their staffs have experience treating terminally ill patients, so you can rest safely knowing that even if the treatments don't work, they will still do their best to make you comfortable.

It's a shame, really. This would be a great place to live if it weren't nationally-known for the high levels of pollution and various toxins in the environment. But jobs are so scarce that most people don't seriously attempt to force the plants to stop spewing pollution and to at least try to clean up the messes they have already made out of fear that those businesses will leave, too.


Since: Nov 09

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#30 Nov 3, 2012
I would say there are some exaggerations there.

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#31 Nov 3, 2012
Kevin read any of that "diggers" post and you can see how full of shit he is.

Parkersburg, WV

#32 Nov 3, 2012
I make up crap all the time.
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parkersburg girl

Hurricane, WV

#34 Nov 13, 2012
Parkersburg is a sweet town away from the big city south side is the best was born and raised there would love to move back full time I agree with the above post about covert st and and st marys street. Parkersburg High school is a great school.

Parkersburg, WV

#35 Mar 29, 2013
Parkersburg is awsm..wonderful little town..southside is much better tho...mineral wells even better.vienna is ok..but youll be labeled will want to avoid that if possible..but all and all ..whole town is pretty cool little place.

Parkersburg, WV

#36 Mar 29, 2013
The only REAL problems with Parkersburg and the surrounding area are the poor local economy/lack of work and the horribly polluted ground, air, and water. But those two are significant ones. Five years ago I made the decision to stay here while my mother lived because she has multiple health problems, needs me, and refuses to leave. I have since developed problems of my own, and both my regular doctor and the ones he has referred me to have said the same thing that mom's doctors have told her, that my problems are due to the environment here and would not have occurred if I had lived elsewhere. This area has good people, is centrally-located to a large portion of the US' population, does not have (much) of what you might label "big city crime," and there is a lot of the beautiful outdoors/nature within several hours drive in almost any direction, and if you are at or past retirement age and do not expect to live more than 10-20 years, I would say, "Great, move on in," but if you are much younger than that or have children that will be living with you, I would suggest you look elsewhere. For further information just do a Google search on Parkersburg, Wood County, or Washington County (directly across the river in Ohio) and add a term such as pollution, air quality, water quality, environment, etc. You might also do the same with Marietta, OH, which is about 15 miles north on I77. Marietta has one of the highest cancer rates in the entire country and auto-immune diseases are also very high. Many of the towns around here on both sides of the Ohio river have air-quality numbers at or around 18 (out of 100, higher is better). This is caused by a combination of the multiple chemical & plastic plants in the area that our economy depends on, the former ones that have gone out of business without cleaning/removing the pollutants they added, and the frequent temperature inversions which trap the air pollution in the area. These are all FACTS and that digger guy should have mentioned them so he wouldn't have come off as a worrywort. Other than that, our statistics are pretty good. Population has been falling for years but it is still moderate (estimated @ 31,742), crime index is 22.47, only 143 registered sex offenders within the city limits, a local airport (about to lose its control tower, though), a decent library, fairly good schools, a hospital with lots more within 150 miles, several professional and volunteer fire departments, a police force that is only a little more corrupt than average, etc. In other words, except for the poor economy and horrible environment, it's just your average mid-sized city.
pburg girl

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#37 Apr 10, 2013
Most of these comments are true, but just BC someone lives in an area others don't think are good is bs not everyone who lives on those streets are bad people. I moved from mineral wells to spring street and the section im in is ok..js

Parkersburg, WV

#38 May 20, 2016
Stan wrote:
Pretty much anywhere south of the Kanawha River. That is a place some people call 'South Parkersburg'. It realy is not a part of Parkersburg,what so ever. Alot of people report that when crossing any bridge to 'South Parkersburg' their skin feels like it is crawling and they get a feeling of impending doom. The story told localy is that 'South Parkersburg' has a magical power of attracting the criminal,slow whitted and undesireable elements of society.
Hope this helps in answering your question.
I thank you all mix up north side got the dope head just what ch the news
Mayor of Pkb

Parkersburg, WV

#39 May 22, 2016
Oh it's lovely in the downtown, east northend areas... You can pick up some filthy disease ridden prostitute and get a bag of overpriced underpowered heroin on the same street, hell probably from the same person... Errr... So I have heard

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#40 Nov 25, 2017
lantern wrote:
Hello, I'm moving to Parkersburg soon. What roads or sections should I avoid moving to?

Parkersburg, WV

#41 Nov 28, 2017
Belpre is better

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