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Old 10-07-2009, 08:22 PM
 
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Default Virginia beach VS Raleigh, NC-- (einy meiny miny mo)

I have the unique opportunity of being transfered by my company from Northern New Jersey to either of these two locations. Having never visited either of them I was hoping to gain a better picture of what these areas have to offer.

A little about myself- I am a single male in my early 30's. I love live music venues, local coffee houses, and a thriving art scene. I am looking for a good nightlife scene as well and friendly locals.

Thanks for your help
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: A Small Metro In Southeastern Virginia Called Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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If you were looking for a job, I'd tell you Raleigh, since they are growing much faster than Virginia Beach. But since you already have a job lined up, Virginia Beach for sure. Been to Raleigh, it's pretty cool, but it's not great for young people. When I was there I was very very bored, and just stayed in the house.

The thing about Virginia Beach is that it isn't the central city in it's metro. Virginia Beach is surrounded by six other medium sized cities. That's the beauty of it. If something isn't happening in the Beach, you can go to Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, etc. I'm a male in my 20s and you can party in downtown Norfolk, the VaBeach Oceanfront, Old Towne Portsmouth, Chesapeake has some clubs, etc. Live music venues, for big venues we have the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater, Ntelos Pavillion, Chrylser Hall, Scope Arena, Hampton Colliseum, etc. For small, intimate venues you have the Sandler Center, Little Theater of Norfolk, Blakleys, 40th street stage, etc. Local coffee houses are all over, downtown Portsmouth and Norfolk's ghent neighborhood, the Virginia Arts Festival is headquarterd here and has year round arts. Everyones friendly. I go with Vabeach

OH and can't forget the awesome fact that there is water everywhere!!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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not sure about the hampton roads area...BUT, i did grow up in NC and I know Raleigh reallywelll...can't compare to va beach, but i will say that raleigh is soooooo fun! lots of single around...if you want something different, youcan go to chapel hill or durham...or you can go to the beach or the mountains for a night! lots of options!
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:41 PM
 
Location: A Small Metro In Southeastern Virginia Called Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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not sure about the hampton roads area...BUT, i did grow up in NC and I know Raleigh reallywelll...can't compare to va beach, but i will say that raleigh is soooooo fun! lots of single around...if you want something different, youcan go to chapel hill or durham...or you can go to the beach or the mountains for a night! lots of options!
chapel hill or durham vs. norfolk or portsmouth or newport news or chesapeake or williamsburg and busch gardens?? I'll take Hampton Roads.. lol. Virginia Beach prolly has more to do in it's city limits than Raliegh, Chapel Hill, andDurham combined.
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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"love live music venues, local coffee houses, and a thriving art scene."
go to Raleigh/Durham

"I am looking for a good nightlife scene as well and friendly locals"
go to Virginia Beach

Hampton Roads has a much "harder edge" than Raleigh; there is much more military in HR and it's generally a more conservative (republican) area. More of a nightclub scene. If you like beaches, boats, partying, etc... this is the place. Much closer to amusement parks like Bush Gardens and historic areas of Va. Much more crime.

The Raleigh area has a much more southern feel, but is less conservative (politically) than Hampton Roads. There are 3 major universities, so college students will dominate the party scene. Much more art activity and many more cultural happenings ("creative class" demographic group) than in Hampton Roads, mostly due to the universities. Less of a party scene.

Depends on what you like to do--I've lived in both and found more to do and was less bored in Raleigh because I like the arts (and lower crime), but to each his or her own.

It would really be good if you could somehow visit both places before deciding. They are only about a 3-4 hour drive apart.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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I will try to visit both areas in the coming weeks, but based on the descriptions I've been recieving Raleigh sounds more of a fit for me. I think the music and arts are more of an interest than the nightlife is, and I'm sure there are bars to be found in Raleigh as well.

Thanks for all the input
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Cary
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Raleigh all the way! We moved here from Raleigh 3 years ago and miss it terribly. Everything is nicer even when you compare Virginia Beach. My husband and I both attended college in Raleigh, got married there and bought our first house. We would love to go back.

Don't get me wrong Hampton Roads has some nice points, but there is no comparison. I can get specific if you need me too-good luck!
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Miramar Beach, FL
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Raleigh!!!

HR does not offer what you are looking for.
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:20 PM
 
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Virginia beach VS Raleigh, NC....really not that big of a difference both are nice cities.......Va Bch does have the beach/ocean if that is a big importance to you...other then that it is pretty much a wash....
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:45 AM
 
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I will try to visit both areas in the coming weeks, but based on the descriptions I've been recieving Raleigh sounds more of a fit for me. I think the music and arts are more of an interest than the nightlife is, and I'm sure there are bars to be found in Raleigh as well.

Thanks for all the input
I think Raleigh would be a better fit for you as well. First of all, Raleigh housing is much much cheaper than HR. Also, as a single male in your 30s, you would be pretty miserable going to the bars and clubs in HR. The military means the ratios are horrible, I have heard the worst in the country for big cities. There is nightlife in both cities, but the nightlife here is dominated by the macho drunk thug type.

Look at any ratings for young professionals and Raleigh dominates over any of the cities in this area. The only thing that is here and not in Raleigh is the beach and you can also drive a few hours from Raleigh if you need the occasional beach fix.
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