Written by Jason Keeling on May 23, 2014
A relatively small percentage of West Virginians say they would like to move away, while some states across the nation, like Maryland and New Jersey, are much more likely to see people leave, according to a recent Gallup poll.
With this in mind, West Virginia Public Broadcasting decided to question what factors influence people to maintain residence here. The exploration was not scientific in nature, but simply anecdotal, and participants were asked to offer their insights via the social networks of Instagram and Twitter, using photography and the #WhyIStay “hashtag,” which allows for responses to be easily tracked.
The feedback has been composed into an interactive map, and it reveals various reasons people stay, such as “family, roots, community, authenticity”; “country is good for the body, heart and soul”; “the family farm”; and there were numerous references to the state’s majestic outdoors, including places such as Coopers Rock, Canaan Valley, Dolly Sods and state parks.
So readers, feel free to chime in via social media or leave a blog comment here. Why do you stay in West Virginia?
- Photo by @SPowellHenning via Instagram -