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Old 02-20-2015, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA metro
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I'm looking into that area of Virginia because of VA's favorable small business climate, low taxes, and emphasis on education. But Georgia has most of those qualities too, maybe less on education. And it's not as cold or snowy in GA so that's a plus. So why not just stay in GA? Well I'm wondering if that particular area of VA (between NoVa and Richmond) is heavily "Southern" in terms of accent, good 'ol boy way of doing things, and conservative evangelicals. I realize tons of transplants exist in both areas, so would the feel or vibe be that much different? Is it worth relocating?
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:12 AM
 
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I used to live in Stafford. It's definitely not as liberal as Fairfax or Prince William but it's also not as conservative as Georgia.

Being that it's the tail end of NoVA or right outside NoVA it's what you would expect. Culturally it's NoVA mixed with RoVA but the further south you go the more RoVA it becomes especially Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. If you're looking for something similar to Georgia I think you'd like Henrico County or Ashland which is a Richmond suburb in Hanover County better.

Good luck
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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No, it will NOT feel like Ga! The areas you've mentioned are considered part of No Va....you will not have that "southern" feel....not by a long shot!
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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Unless it's a significant increase in income and all else being similar I wouldn't move.
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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No it's not southern. Move to the Richmond suburbs such as Mechanicsville, VA and you will get that southern rural feel.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:14 PM
 
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I doubt the OP is looking for rural. he/she asked if the area would be similar to the Atlanta suburbs. I suspect they are looking for a suburban area. In Richmond, Midlothian or Short Pump fit the bill. As for NoVa, if you can afford Fairfax or Loudon, those are great counties. Centerville and Manassas are worth checking out, Culpepper too (but that's getting a bit far on the south western fringes of NoVa and it is probably getting pretty expensive too). Stafford County doesn't have much to offer that you cannot find elsewhere but it comes with much more hassle. Proximity to Washington (and Alexandria) is awesome though.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:40 PM
 
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I doubt the OP is looking for rural. he/she asked if the area would be similar to the Atlanta suburbs. I suspect they are looking for a suburban area. In Richmond, Midlothian or Short Pump fit the bill. As for NoVa, if you can afford Fairfax or Loudon, those are great counties. Centerville and Manassas are worth checking out, Culpepper too (but that's getting a bit far on the south western fringes of NoVa and it is probably getting pretty expensive too). Stafford County doesn't have much to offer that you cannot find elsewhere but it comes with much more hassle. Proximity to Washington (and Alexandria) is awesome though.
Fairfax county is nothing like the Atlanta burbs...... They asked for southern culture. Fairfax has none of that, and most of loudoun too.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:40 PM
 
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There are over 300 listings for evangelical churches and covenants in Northern Virginia. It appears that there are tons of evangelicals in the area. Tons of southern accents too. The only thing lacking is the good old boy way of doing things. NoVa is a very professional and cosmopolitan area.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:26 PM
 
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There are over 300 listings for evangelical churches and covenants in Northern Virginia. It appears that there are tons of evangelicals in the area. Tons of southern accents too. The only thing lacking is the good old boy way of doing things. NoVa is a very professional and cosmopolitan area.
Not in Fairfax county though. Many catholics and jews in the area, I'm jewish myself. This data is heavily skewed by the exurbs such as stafford, spotsyvania, etc. Why would someone recommend Fairfax for southern culture. It has none! NoVa doesn't have an accent either, unless you're talking to very older natives. Although they're not strong southern dialect like the tidewater accent. NoVa is not equivalent to the Atlanta burbs. You try so hard to make NoVa seem like it's very southern when it's not. Please stay in the Richmond forum if you're not going to give accurate information. Thank you.

Tons of southern accents? Really..... Also the predominant religion in Fairfax county is actually CATHOLIC.

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Old 02-21-2015, 03:36 PM
 
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Suggest this guy Fairfax county and he'll feel like he's living in a suburb in New Jersey. Makes sense.
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