Huntington is a small city of 49,000 that is part of a much larger metropolitan area. The metro area of the city contains closer to 365,000 people. It is a river city, with the Ohio River and the Guyandotte River meeting at the town. An interesting point of trivia is that only San Francisco had electric streetcars before this little West Virginia city.Huntington is a city that has flourished through times when many other cities have struggled. When jobs were vanishing across the country during the recession, Huntington was actually adding more employment opportunities, and the city has been growing while so many similar cities have had difficulty sustaining their populations.
Because Huntington has done well where other towns have faltered, there aren't as many apartments available as there are in some other centers. This means that it isn't as important to pick the right time to apartment shop, so much as it is important to give yourself enough time. You should probably allocate a full six to eight weeks to find a place in Huntington.
Landlords in Huntington can be surprisingly particular about who they rent to. The low prices mean that financial screening won't really keep out many people, so they take a careful look at references instead. They may also want to run a credit check or other type of background check on you before renting to you. This is their best tool for ensuring they get high quality tenants in their apartments.
Huntington is very easy to navigate, as the city is small, and you can use almost any conceivable means to get around. First, you have the option of the bus routes operated by the Tri-State Transit Authority. If you want to bike, there is a network of new bike lanes right in the downtown core. If you prefer to walk, the city is small enough that you can get almost anywhere on foot. Finally, you can always drive.
Marshall University, the school who's tragic loss of a football team in a plane crash was retold in the "We Are Marshall" film, is worth visiting. Museums like the Huntington Museum of Art and the Heritage Farm Museum & Village feed the culture hungry among Huntington residents. There are a number of parks, including the 132-acre Rotary Park. One of the most popular bars with the student crowd is Black Sheep Burritos and Brews.