So many people who leave Kentucky, co...
Pissed in KY

Morehead, KY

#23 Oct 9, 2007
People leave Kentucky to achieve the things that KY won't allow you to achieve. Living in KY is like living in a 3rd world country. You have to leave so that you can get an education at a "real" school or get a "real" job. When people come back to enjoy KY's beauty it is because they can afford to do it. If you are poor in KY (like most people there) you are belittled and harassed by the people who are not as poor as you. Everyone here is poor so those who aren't as poor like to rub that in the faces of those less fortunate. It is a sick state that is in need of repair.

Start with your crappy schools. Rowan County Schools display road signs that say they are top 100 in nation. It is a blatant lie that the town uses to lure people in. The school actually SUCKS! They abuse students and belittle parents. I have heard numerous stores of kids snorting pills off of the desktops in MIDDLE school! Top 100 my ass! I go to college with kids who graduated from various KY schools. Many can't read or write!!

Take their social services offices and fire everyone. The condescending individuals who work here have no idea what they are doing but they sure do love to make the public feel worthless. As if KY's economic hell hole is their fault.

It is not their fault that the "good ol' boy" network sold all their resources right out from underneath them leaving the PEOPLE nothing to work with. This buddy system only helps those returning, better educated Kentuckians who work the poor like some 3rd world country laborer.

Coal, natural gas, timber and cheap labor are KY's resources. When all that is left to sell is the people, where will the state be? Remember, their schools suck.

I for one, can't wait to leave the state. We don't protest on campus but we chant, "We can't wait to graduate and leave this state".
Thanks for nothing KY. I want "y'all" to remember something: WE ALL laugh at Kentucky. "The state where education pays" get yours and move!
Pissed in KY

Morehead, KY

#24 Oct 9, 2007
If you can't go to college, just go to Morehead State University! KY SUCKS the people are rude because they are POOR and mostly uneducated!
Damon Vaughn Caskey

Latonia, KY

#25 Oct 14, 2007
I am sorry to say that I have to disagree with every previous post. I have been lucky enough to travel all over the country and my experience is that attitudes are geographically blind. In other words, you are going to find an equal ratio of jerks and amiable people anywhere you go.

Sure, there are cultural differences, and sometimes people just don't mesh. I personally do not agree with the perceived superiority of the golden triangle I now live in. I never cared for the deep south or northeast simply because overall I found the former bewildering and the latter a bit curt for my tastes. But as individuals went, every area had more good people then bad.

To the OP, if you want to "get out" then get out. But do it for the right reasons. If you think simply escaping the horrers of Kentucky will solve your problems, you are badly mistaken. But if you find an opportunity or just need a fresh start, hey, go for it. Wherever you go good people will welcome you, and bad people will not; the same will hold true should you return. Remember it's always the bad experiences that stick in our minds, but search your memory and I bet if you are honest with yourself, you will find no place is as bad is it seems.

I wish you the best either way.

DC

Current Lexington resident, proud to have been born and raised in Morehead, KY.
TJ in Eastern KY

Georgetown, KY

#26 Nov 6, 2007
I was born in Ashland,KY 1950...something...my parents moved to Columbus Ohio when I was two trying to find work. My parents were un-educated only because they had to quit school at an early age to support themselves. My Dad was a truck driver and my Mother cleaned houses for a living. I was raised in Ohio and lived in Columbus my entire life. In 2001 I came to live in Eastern Kentucky. I love it here! The life pace is much slower, the people are very friendly, and the mountains are beautiful. When I look back on my growing up years I can't believe I lived the way I did! In a big city you have to be careful who you talk to, you don't go outside much except to run the seemingly endless errands you need to run, you don't know your neighbors, and you stay shut up in you home winter and summer. In the city there is always something to do because everything is open late...but, you must have the money and the time to do all of them or you sit at home and watch TV, play video games or play on the computer. If you are a drinking person you can always find a bar open in the city but, you never know what kind of people you will meet in them. Grocery shopping is easier because the stores are closer and you can shop till you drop any day of the week or almost any time of the day. The difference between here and there are like night and day. When I first moved here I complained that it took to long to get to the next town to shop or pick up a prescription...but, my next trip to Columbus made me realize that it was taking me just as long to shop there because there is a red light on every corner and the traffic is terriable! When I shop here people smile at me and say hi...and they seem to really mean it when they ask "how are you?". In Columbus you could walk around a grocery store for hours and not a single person would even look at you. I realize that Kentucky is somewhat behind the times...but, when we start to catch up we will lose so much of the life style we now have. I know that Kentucky's schools are not the best...but leaving Kentucky instead of stay here and fighting for the changes that are needed does not make any sense either. I understand someone leaving to get a better education but what I don't understand is why they never want to return here with that education and try to make life here better for everyone! I agree with DC if you want to leave then leave but, I don't think you are going to find anywhere you choose to go any better than what you could have had here in Kentucky.
Good Luck!
TJ
Living in Eastern Kentucky forever!
Danielle

AOL

#27 Mar 4, 2008
I have to disagree with some of that not all people are poor in Kentucky. Alot of people don't have a good education and are poor in all states. But I have been to Kentucky many times and alot of people are very rude down there I had people try to start fights with me a bunch of frickin rednecks who thought they were tough there lucky they don't get hurt one day they will for messing with the wrong people. I went into a gas station a woman said where u from? I told her she laughed everyone seems to have an attitude in Kentucky. I have been to Ga as well I do have to say those 2 states have very rude redneck people no one seems to like people who visit those states and wanna be big and bad and get an attitudeand be very rude but oh well the rednecks are gonna have to get over it. I no longer will visit those two states because of how the people are in them.
Anna

Lexington, KY

#28 Mar 8, 2008
I was born in se ky I have lived a lot of places but se ky is home I think the older you get the closer you want to be to your roots I don't care for city living people don't have time to be nice I will be moving back home soon.
Mary Jane Baker

Louisville, KY

#29 Mar 8, 2008
Rocky Top Supreme wrote:
I know some of my fellow Kentucky natives who have moved away to the following states for educational, job, or other personal opportunities: California, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Yet, they all seem to come back!
I know only one person EVER (my uncle) who has left KY for good; he plans to die and be buried in Indiana.
Also, people who seem to find their way to KY from other states (namely, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, etc.) tend to settle here.
I'm a 21-year-old Kentucky native. I've lived in four Kentucky communities, including all three of our largest metropolitan areas.(Louisville and Northern Kentucky are the ONLY places in Kentucky civilized enough for any person to even consider living in. Lexington's metro area sucks!) I've been to 96 of Kentucky's 120 counties. I've been to 19 other states, as well as 18 other metro areas with 1,000,000+ people.
My point is this: The more I travel, the more I find that Kentucky sucks. I find that its boring, our cities are lame, and our people are all-in-all rude and impolite. I've met friendlier people in New York City. Once I graduate from college, I'm moving on to greener pastures!
Am I just a city person with no place in Kentucky, or do you think I'll "wise up" or whatever with age?
Kid, I am going on forty, and unfortunately had to move back here to this hillbilly redneck country music listening backward thinking city of Louisville to care for a chronically ill relative. When she dies, I will leave and never come back.
Tallulah White-actress

Louisville, KY

#30 Mar 8, 2008
So I forgot to say, kid, I agree with you. The more you see real, NORMAL cities, the more you realize just how elitist, and ridiculous Louisville actually is. Our schools are laughing stocks across the country, our citizens are deemed the most 'toothless' by some major magazine(claim to fame). Gee TOM CRUISE and Billy Ray Cyrus are our celebrities, that says enough right there.
I think the rich people in Louisville are hilarious cookie cutter clones, with no spark or individuality. It is scary and sick.
Da-ville

Louisville, KY

#31 Mar 8, 2008
to: mary jane "stoner" baker. how is a chronically ill person the same as terminal. are you slowly killing your realative just to get out of Kentucky faster. i must say, i would consider doing the same!
MJB

Louisville, KY

#32 Mar 8, 2008
Da Ville you would do the same huh? Do you know my relative? ROFL!
richard

Lexington, KY

#33 Mar 8, 2008
I left Louisville the day after i graduated High School because of my dads work. I moved back 14 months later. I have not left except for vacation and if the good Lords willing i will never leave again. This is my home. No we are not Chicago and New York and La. We dont have the sports and the arts and the clubs and all that, We also dont have the traffic, the crime and the insaneness of big city life. What we have is a workign class town with enough stuff to do if you are interested. We have clubs, Ky Center for the arts, Bats baseball, Ul basketball, Good paying jobs at a lower price of living. Ill always be here and im much richer for that......
NORML

Louisville, KY

#34 Mar 9, 2008
In my opinion KY could be more attractive to others if we had voted in favor of casinos and if we would use are number one cash crop either in hemp form or becoming the first state to lift the prohibition laws on marijuana. 1996 Califonia became the first state to pass medicinal marijuana lawa. If KY wasn't governed by rich old white men whom are unable to think outside of the box, KY could become a wealthier state in a short amount of time; by becoming the first state to legalize marijuana, market it, and tax the shit out of it.
I'm sure that is too radical for most to swallow.
ScoTT

London, KY

#35 Mar 9, 2008
Lousyville resident wrote:
Yes Louisville , K.y. is nothing but big mayberry of a town; a big small town. Wow we have a stupid horse race and a international airport; hahahhhaha!!!!! To hell with this dump; im outtie when the chance to happens. Living here is not living; its just exsisting. GIT R DONE YEEE HAW !!!! GONNA GO DRINK MY MOONSHINE AND MAKE LOVE TO MY SISTER NOW!!!!!!!
Louisville is a pretty good town.
KY blows

Henderson, KY

#36 Mar 9, 2008
I have to agree with the statement that most native Kentuckians are quite rude. I have lived in the deep south (GA) and north (NY) and never have I met more impolite people than in KY. I have spent quite a lot of time over the years in NYC and rarely had the type of rude experiences I have had here. It seems that many people in other parts of the country understand that their rights end when they start impacting others, not so in KY. The general attitude here is f-u, that's how we do it here. I have also noticed a strong sense of entitlement, more so here than anywhere I have been. I once thought that New Jersey was the worst place I would ever live--and it still is--but KY is giving it a run for it's money.
Greg

Shreveport, LA

#37 Mar 21, 2008
Education system is pathetic. State officials stress they want kids to stay here when they reach the working years. Baloney!! GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!! Louisville needs locals to pump gas and sell beer. The only locals here who don't have accents are the ones who came in for professional reasons from other areas. I have lived all over the United States and seen how the rest of society is out in the real world. I am extremely depressed by Kentucky and pray that I find life elsewhere....and soon. Kentucky only ranks at the top of the odd and bizarre scale, and at the bottom of the meaningful things scale. Have fun in your loser city of Louisville.
Pffft

Lebanon, KY

#38 Mar 22, 2008
It is a shame. This state is so beautiful, and could be one of the best in the nation. Alas our 'elected' officials, the education system, no good paying tech jobs, the state is dead. No one I know with a brain stays longer then 5 years.
enough is enough

Waddy, KY

#39 Mar 23, 2008
Lousyville resident wrote:
Yes Louisville , K.y. is nothing but big mayberry of a town; a big small town. Wow we have a stupid horse race and a international airport; hahahhhaha!!!!! To hell with this dump; im outtie when the chance to happens. Living here is not living; its just exsisting. GIT R DONE YEEE HAW !!!! GONNA GO DRINK MY MOONSHINE AND MAKE LOVE TO MY SISTER NOW!!!!!!!
cant be soon enough..and dont come back
Will

Louisville, KY

#41 Mar 24, 2008
Kentucky has a problem of low standards both in education, but also work ethic, human decency, and morals. The most religious people I have ever seen but with the least in the way of true morals. In fact, they talk about their Christianity yet they practice none of it. Not all but there are a great many hypocrites. Its pretty disgusting.

Corruption rules in KY. Corruption in the police departments, state government, county and local governments. Business is no exception to the rule. No matter your qualifications, you can forget about getting a better job based on merit. Its based on who you know and or related to.

This area just doesn't get it. Too many ill educated rednecks, corporate criminals, government crooks, white trash neighbors, rude people.

Lousyville has the rudest people in most anyplace in the US except for parts of the Northeast. Rude people, low class, and little value. People think they know you without really getting to know you. Just a lot of people in Louisville have ridiculous ideas about their self worth. I've never seen a place with so many low class women. Ive seen my share of slutty women. But not the whole gamut of being a low life. Arrogance is their virtue.

When they blow this crap about Southern Hospitality, you can forget about that. Their so called Southern Hospitality is a joke. Their religious beliefs are moot. They treat others like crap and expect loyalty yet will stab someone in the back at the first chance.

About half the young people in Louisville live with their parents because there are no paying job opportunities to be had. Low wage jobs making 20 and 25 K and that is just about it. Sure there is a low cost of living if you want to live in a white ghetto or in the bad parts of the city.

Jobs that are regularly advertised in the box flipping industry, low wage clerical, and the like. So much for your kid to use that education. They better continue to leave here because this place is not getting better. Instead it is getting worse. More manufacturing jobs are leaving the state. This area is vastly underpaid yet underemployed as well. If you have a education or some semblance in skills, its best to get out.

Good luck to you all
pooty tang

Evansville, IN

#42 Mar 24, 2008
The people in Nashville are strange but very friendly...I have tried to like that place but it just isnt me. I have been living in Florida for the past 8 years and i like it , I am currently in Louisville for 6 months for my job and i must say the people are very rude here , very impolite drivers, the traffic sucks , and the crime rate is high...but overall its not as bad as most of the country. I traval all over the us and canada and Kentucky is pretty nice....If the weather was warmer i'd stay here ..haha

Since: Feb 08

AOL

#43 Mar 25, 2008
Will wrote:
Kentucky has a problem of low standards both in education, but also work ethic, human decency, and morals. The most religious people I have ever seen but with the least in the way of true morals. In fact, they talk about their Christianity yet they practice none of it. Not all but there are a great many hypocrites. Its pretty disgusting.
Corruption rules in KY. Corruption in the police departments, state government, county and local governments. Business is no exception to the rule. No matter your qualifications, you can forget about getting a better job based on merit. Its based on who you know and or related to.
This area just doesn't get it. Too many ill educated rednecks, corporate criminals, government crooks, white trash neighbors, rude people.
Lousyville has the rudest people in most anyplace in the US except for parts of the Northeast. Rude people, low class, and little value. People think they know you without really getting to know you. Just a lot of people in Louisville have ridiculous ideas about their self worth. I've never seen a place with so many low class women. Ive seen my share of slutty women. But not the whole gamut of being a low life. Arrogance is their virtue.
When they blow this crap about Southern Hospitality, you can forget about that. Their so called Southern Hospitality is a joke. Their religious beliefs are moot. They treat others like crap and expect loyalty yet will stab someone in the back at the first chance.
About half the young people in Louisville live with their parents because there are no paying job opportunities to be had. Low wage jobs making 20 and 25 K and that is just about it. Sure there is a low cost of living if you want to live in a white ghetto or in the bad parts of the city.
Jobs that are regularly advertised in the box flipping industry, low wage clerical, and the like. So much for your kid to use that education. They better continue to leave here because this place is not getting better. Instead it is getting worse. More manufacturing jobs are leaving the state. This area is vastly underpaid yet underemployed as well. If you have a education or some semblance in skills, its best to get out.
Good luck to you all
Boy, do you have a chip on your shoulder. You could live in any city in the US and I think you would feel the same with that bad attitude.You get what you give.

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