So you’re moving to West Virginia but you’re not sure what to expect. Maybe people have told you a little bit about it but you’d like to know more. Here are 10 surprising things maybe you didn’t know about living in West Virginia.
1. World class music
Mountain Stage, as well as other venues in the state, bring in world class musical acts to right here in West Virginia. There's something for every music fan.
2. The heat and humidity
Summers can be brutal here. It's not so much the heat, it's the humidity, as they say.
3. There's so much beauty here.
West Virginia is shockingly beautiful. You can hear about it all you want but you don't really understand that till you've seen it with your own eyes.
West Virginia is an outdoor lover's/thrill seeker's dream. From white water rafting to zip lining to rock climbing and hiking, West Virginia has plenty of ways to play.
5. World class art
See fine art at the Huntington Museum of Art, or catch up with local artists during art walk events and festivals through the state.
6. Cool small towns
Both Lewisburg (pictured) and Fayetteville were named some of the Coolest Small Towns in America.
7. But it's not all small town life
While West Virginia's bigger cities are not the size of New York, that doesn't mean we all live in one-stoplight towns. Both Charleston and Huntington have about 50,000 people.
From West Virginia Power baseball (pictured) to WVU football and Marshall University basketball, West Virginia is a sports lover's dream.
9. How much we love our state.
We love it enough to celebrate its birthday every summer and even tattoo it onto our bodies. This is my friend's tattoo.
10. Some amazing people.
West Virginians are friendly and most of us would give you the shirt off our backs.
Many, like this gentlemen, are servicemen who served our country. In fact, one in 10 West Virginians have served in the armed forces. That's more per capita than any other state.
What else surprised you when you moved to West Virginia? Let me know in the comments.