...DO NOT move over here...this "City" is like a roach motel, once you get in, you can't get out. The job market is absolutely horrendous to say the least (unless you plan on starting a career at the Weis supermarket, McDonald's or as an absurdly underpaid Java developer).
The crime rate is MUCH higher than what other people claim. Stabbings or slashing at the club, roberry, burglary, drugs, you name it, it's out there and all concentrated into 11.16 miles of Binghamton, NY. Almost every park or neighborhood that you visit will at the very least have a touch of "ghetto". I moved here from NYC (BIG MISTAKE) to be with family, and for the first time in my life I felt compelled to (legally) purchase a gun to protect my family at home.
Nightlife is okay with all of the bars and lounges (assuming that you don't go to a ghetto one and get stabbed). Dining is okay with a couple of halfway decent places like Lost Dog Cafe and Burger Mondays. The "city's" pride are the Binghamton Mets, who are actually the Minor League club of the NY Mets. But really are a handful of restaurants, bars and a lame baseball team reason enough to move to such a dump?
It's a shame because the land itself actually is beautiful with it's mountains, streams and tons of trees. In any event, I am desperately looking to get my wife and kids out of this dump. I feel sorry for the kids growing up in this dilapidated community who typically have a schoolteacher mom and drug dealer dad, I know I'll be getting mine out of here that's for sure.
I moved to Binghamton, New York from Kansas City, Missouri to attend Binghamton University about three years ago. I was nervous to move to a new city, but the community is great and very accepting of new comers. I attribute this to the University. Almost everyone I have come into contact with has been helpful, from the campus to the local Walmart. I really love the older architecture of the city, but the younger atmosphere. This has made it much easier to live in Binghamton, than I expected.
I also have to mention the great restaurants here. Growing up in Kansas City, I had access to some of the best barbeque and Italian restaurants around. However, I have to say I have found some here that are even better, especially the Italian food. When you have time off from studies or work, you will have no problems finding something to do. The nightlife here is killer. You can go to a quiet lounge and sip on a martini or party the night away dancing in a club. This is another fortunate side effect of being a college town. You never get bored, no matter the time of day between the shops, eateries, and the nightlife.
The city itself is beautiful and so is the surrounding area. Binghamton boarders upper state Pennsylvania and is less than 100 miles from Syracuse, New York. The city sits in the middle of the Susquehanna River and the Chenango River, so there are several riverside hotels, restaurants, and living accommodations. Binghamton being a river city, it seems automatically to have that easy going atmosphere you find with many other river cities. I have really grown to love it here. In fact, I am thinking about relocating here once my schooling is over. The community here just grows on you, as does the city.