I lived in the "Greater Binghamton Area" for 18 years. After having lived in both Binghamton and New York City, I know that it's all what you make of it. There's just as many dirty places and just as many clean places(percentage-wise). Just as many upity snobs, just as many nice, down-to-earth people. NYC even has beautiful rolling hills like binghamton's, they're just farther away. It's all about perspective. In summation, Binghamton is really just NYC scaled down...ALOT.