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The review that discusses pollution is absolutely correct about everything they had to say. Binghamton is a horrible place to live. For those that are from here, we have seen firsthand the extreme level of crime and violence that occurs in this city. I live one town over (this whole area is very interconnected) and I would never risk driving through Binghamton at night, let alone walk outside there. The college students who come here do not realize how truly awful and ghetto it is here, as they are blinded by the well-maintained public University (which by the way, is actually in Vestal) and clean student housing. For nightlife, there are two or three main bars/nightclubs that are actually busy, and this is thanks to the college kids. Otherwise, don’t expect much for nightlife. Fun things to do in general are hard to come by; most people go to Ithaca if they want to do anything outdoorsy. The heroin epidemic is extremely prevalent here; I have seen people shooting up even in the “nice” parts of town. Dirty and used needles are found in local parks. And as for jobs, good luck. Most people work(ed) at Lockheed and IBM, until the recession occurred and a majority of people were laid off. And it is true, the sun doesn’t shine in Binghamton or the whole “southern tier” in general. Look up news articles for Binghamton if you want to see what’s happening, I’ll almost guarantee you it is not good news. You might even stumble upon the New York Times article discussing the two University student murders that happened in the past year. The college kids were the only “safe” demographic, so these murders are significant. Otherwise people are shot and murdered regularly here. Neighboring town Johnson City is maybe slightly worse, locals will argue about which sucks more, but truly the whole map area including Endicott/Endwell, Vestal, Johnson City, and Port Dickinson is all usually referred to as “Binghamton” to visitors just to make things easier. If you really must move here, you are best off in Vestal or Endwell. I could go on and on about how bad this area is, and no, I am not personally angry about anything in particular. Locals just know that this is not the place to be. Everyone says they want to move away, but most don’t due to family or monitary restrictions. One good thing to say: downtown Binghamton has a few good (but expensive) restaurants.
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