Will it become a ghost town? I don't see why it would. There is industry here, and there are jobs in the surrounding areas. Mining is not the only local industry and is only a very small portion of our area. Local hospitals, government, schools, Mrs T's Pierogies, the many distribution centers (Wal Mart, Wegmans, Big Lots) have above average wages.
God Bless the USA!
Homes are older, but taxes are reasonable, the return on your investment you can't get anywhere else. I bought a rental home for 15K and I get 500 per month on that rental, try to get that from the bank or any other investment.