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Artisticness: 4.0    Calmness: 4.0    Helpfulness: 4.0   
Intellectualness: 3.0    Neatness: 5.0    Outgoingness: 4.0   
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Artisticness: 3.10    Calmness: 3.21    Helpfulness: 2.97   
Intellectualness: 3.36    Neatness: 3.22    Outgoingness: 3.35   

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Name: | Age: 23 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 22801 | Resident for: 3-5 years | Added on: 2005-08-26
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 4   Helpfulness: 4   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 5   Outgoingness: 4   
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First of all, it's called "HarriSONburg".

Harrisonburg is a nice small town with a large college, James Madison University. It is divided into "townies" and "college students", and the two groups don't really like each other.

Culturally, it's a nice place with a lot of little plays and concerts, and Staunton, Charlottesville, and DC are within a couple hours so there are plenty of things to do. If you're the outdoorsy type, you'll like the nearby Shenandoah National Park.

Geographically, Harrisonburg is in the Shen. Valley, so there are mountains all around, small rivers, and a lot of farming. The weather is pretty mild, with some snow in the winter and some 100+ days in the summer, but generally not too extreme.

There are a lot of types of people here, which is strange for such a small town, but you have to travel around to really see the different groups. To stereotype, JMU is pretty much a white school, while there are small black and european communities around. There is a fairly large Hispanic population due to immigrants working in the chicken farms and factories. But keep in mind that these are generalizations - of course the nationalities mix somewhat in all areas of town.

Recently they added a lot of good shopping - there are 2 Super Wal-Marts, Kohl's, JC Penney, Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, 2 hardware stores, Circuit City, Staples, etc. There are also a lot of small restaurants like Panera's, Applebee's, etc, and lots of grocery stores.

There are also an unusually high number of churches, with many Brethren and Mennonite churches dominating, but large and small churches of every denomination.

Harrisonburg is a nice town that you really have to live in for several years to get to know, but most people know it as a college town.