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Old 09-10-2010, 01:07 AM
 
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The above link is how to get to the site. Let me know what you guys who live there, or have lived there think. Please give both sides (not just the negative). I am interested because I am looking to move my family to the area. I live in Los Angeles now but was born in Roanoke. Anyway, thanks in advance for giving both sides.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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Top 25 Cities for Teachers - TheApple.com (http://theapple.monster.com/careers/articles/8281-top-25-cities-for-teachers?page=15 - broken link)

The above link is how to get to the site. Let me know what you guys who live there, or have lived there think. Please give both sides (not just the negative). I am interested because I am looking to move my family to the area. I live in Los Angeles now but was born in Roanoke. Anyway, thanks in advance for giving both sides.
Pros:

- Virginia Beach itself is probably one of the best school systems in the cities over 400k population grouping.
- Has the beach.
- VA Beach is also one of the safer large cities in the country.

Can be pro or con:

- The area is pretty conversative.
- Not as diverse as LA.
- Very family oriented.

Cons:

- The cost of housing is very high when you factor the area wage scale in.
- The job market can be limited for non-military affiliated folks. Did I mention wages are low in the area?
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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The teacher pay scale is about 10k to 12k less on average per year at most experience and point levels than in LA from what we can tell with the public listing of teacher pay in each area.

On the other hand, housing prices in Va Beach are about half what it is in most decent areas of LA, so that pretty much evens out. Though rents in Va Beach aren't proportionally that drastically lower than in LA. They are much lower overall for more space of course, but it doesn't seem proportional. In LA it is still cheaper to rent in most cases since there are so many condos for rent and apt buildings that aren't complexes with large amounts of amenities. The market can bare a huge amount of renters. In Burbank we paid between $2500 and $2800 for 1000 sq ft 3 bed apts and condos. About an hour north of that you can get a 1600 sq ft 4 bed house in a decent middle class area for about $2400/mo. A decent 3 bed house or condo closer into the city like Burbank or Pasadena will run you about $700k to $900k (These are still about a 45 min to hour commute to downtown, yet if you don't work in downtown the commute could depend on location). About 45min to an hour north of that you can get 4 bed house for about $500k (this is in the high dessert though, so it is a different type of living). This is the same as we found in much of Western Europe. The higher the housing prices went the more renters you would find and the buildings that catered to them. In Va Beach it seems a little high to rent that we are finding comparably. That seems a little odd.

To be honest, housing prices and rent are what makes LA so much more expensive than most places. Yeah, gas is a little higher but if it is just for commuting that is actually not that much in the grand scheme.
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:51 PM
 
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Pros:

- Virginia Beach itself is probably one of the best school systems in the cities over 400k population grouping.
- Has the beach.
- VA Beach is also one of the safer large cities in the country.

Can be pro or con:

- The area is pretty conversative.
- Not as diverse as LA.
- Very family oriented.

Cons:

- The cost of housing is very high when you factor the area wage scale in.
- The job market can be limited for non-military affiliated folks. Did I mention wages are low in the area?
This really touches on all the main qualities of VB. Thanks for such a concise post, Alanboy!
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