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What's Morgantown, Indiana like?

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Dh was offered a job there. We have no idea what it's like. We're guessing rural, because it's a camp job. And we're guessing conservative, because it's a Christian camp.

Anyone know? Rural, urban? Conservative, radical? What's nearby? Is it a nice place? A livable economy?

Thanks for any opinions or info you have to share!
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It' s about an hour and fifteen minute drive south of Indy, depending on personal driving habits and traffic. it's also pretty close to atterbury, about twenty minutes , so far enough away that the morning firing exercises won't be an issue. Here are some of the stats I dug up:

Population (year 2000): 964, Est. population in July 2002: 947 (-1.8% change)
Males: 447 (46.4%), Females: 517 (53.6%)

Elevation: 680 feet

County: Morgan

Land area: 0.4 square miles

Zip code: 46160

Median resident age: 35.1 years
Median household income: $33,158 (year 2000)
Median house value: $79,200 (year 2000)
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I've not been to Morgantown itself, but I used to live in the same county. I looked Morgantown up on the map to reacquaint myself with the area and yes, it's pretty rural and conservative. In addition to Indy being just north of there, perhaps of even more interest to you would be Bloomington, home of Indiana University. GREAT town and lots of crunchy families to be found there, as well as everything that a huge university has to offer. IU has world class music programs that draw lots of big names to town giving you lots of performances and the like to attend if you're so inclined. Morgantown is about 30-some-odd miles from Bloomington so likely not a daily trip. Will you be able to visit before you have to make this decision? I guess, in many ways, the area probably isn't much different than many other rural areas. Martinsville, the county seat, has a history of clan activity which always, to me, at least, gave the area more of a southern feel to it.

The northern part of the county - Mooresville and such, is growing as it becomes part of the Indy suburbs. Lots of corn fields turned neighborhoods - sprawlish.

If you've not been to southern Indiana, it's gorgeous. My understanding is that the glaciers that flattened northern Indiana stopped in northern Morgan county and all the stuff they were pushing created the rolling hills of that area. It's not terribly flat like most people consider the midwest to be. There are still farm fields but they're rolling and pretty. There are lakes and loads of deciduous (sp?) forests. The summers are hot and (horribly) humid. The winters don't consistently see snow, at least not a lot of it. The temps can seem bitterly cold in the winter because of the moisture in the air. There's a wilderness area in Hoosier National Forest and some big state parks in the area.

I don't know anything specific about the schools in that area but most towns tend to have their own school "corporation" so there are tons of these districts which spreads out the resources not giving any district lots to offer (if that makes any sense). I don't think I'd want my kids going to school in Martinsville, as a reference...

Sorry this is so scattered but one of my babes has just started crawling and I'm writing in between discovering what she can now get into. Good luck making this decision and visit the area if you can!
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I live outside of Nashville, which is about 15 minutes south of Morgantown. It is a really small town, a little grocery store, a couple of churches, a bank, the elemetary school is not even located in that town. But its near a lovely area. There are a ton of great outdoor activities to do around here like hiking, swimming, camping, skiing (water and snow). And like the Previous poster said, Bloomington is not that far away, and it is an awesome community, a lot of diversity (morgantown isn't so diverse). Morgantown is not a bad town by any means, its cute and cozy. But from my experiences everyone kind of has the same attitudes about everything (pretty conservative) and everyone knows everything about everyone else. But there are sooooooo many awesome people I know around here, its just that none of them live in the acutual town. And there are a ton of great camps around here too. I hope this helps out.
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Thank you all for your replies. Sounds good so far, actually. (Well, not the Klan activity, but we've dealt with that before.) I would love to be near a college town but not in one... And the natural surroundings sound like a great place to raise little kids... I'll have dh look into it. Again, thank you all so much for your replies, I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out.
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