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Old 06-02-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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I currently live in Florida and am anticipating a move to PWC. I have read many of the posts about living in the area, but notice many of them are from a year or so ago. I have two young children and really want to know the safest areas to live in the county (names of towns).
I lived in high crime areas in Florida and don't want to do it in a new state!
Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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The all-important first question is: where will you be working? Commuting around here can be a painful exercise, especially with the assumption that you'll be heading to the usual job centers further north. Depending on where you're coming from, Fairfax County/Alexandria/Arlington aren't too bad of a trip (perhaps 45-60 minutes on average)... but it would be a soul-deadening ride to DC, even via the Virginia Railroad Express.

If I'm reading your post correctly, it would appear that you're a single parent. If I am correct then, again assuming you won't be actually working in Prince William, then keep in mind the cost of childcare which may offset some of the benefits of an affordable home back in PWC.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:35 PM
 
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Big county. Can you be more specific on which end. Where you will be working etc.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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Depending on where you're coming from, Fairfax County/Alexandria/Arlington aren't too bad of a trip (perhaps 45-60 minutes on average)... but it would be a soul-deadening ride to DC, even via the Virginia Railroad Express.
Well, I live in PWC and make the trip everyday to DC. I don't quite think my soul is dead yet , but the key is early commuting. My ride is actually quite good but I am definitely LOCKED into an early timeframe and you may not be able to do this based on your kids' schedules. If you intend to work "normal" hours, then I agree that a drive into DC will definitely drain your soul and chip away at your sanity. But vanpools are aplenty and going in later is actually to your benefit because the HOV lanes are fairly clear.

But you don't say much about where you are working.

As for PWC, I don't really consider this to be a high crime area. Sure there is some crime in specific pockets within each town (Rt. 1 corridor of Woodbridge, parts of Manassas, parts of Dumfries) but each of those towns also has extremely nice areas and they are all quite balanced. When you know more about where you're working, we can give you a better feel for those "pockets" to avoid.

As someone said on another thread, the middle schools of Prince William County are the weak link in the school system here. Except for one or two elementary schools, all of them are quite good and most parents are very pleased with the quality of education here. The middle schools just seem to fall apart except for Benton and, possibly, Saunders (not familiar with the Western PWC middle schools). High schools can be hit or miss, with only one or two being very undesirable. The rest of the high schools are fine.
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:25 AM
 
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I currently live in Florida and am anticipating a move to PWC. I have read many of the posts about living in the area, but notice many of them are from a year or so ago. I have two young children and really want to know the safest areas to live in the county (names of towns).
I lived in high crime areas in Florida and don't want to do it in a new state!
Thanks for your help!
My suggestion (as it always is) is Gainesville, Haymarket, or Bristow if you want the western part of the County. Western Lake Ridge (Westridge, Springwoods, Old Bridge Estates etc), Montclair, or Belmont Bay if you want the East. Never buy anything with the word "Georgetown" in it, just a little hint.

Also, if your kids are in gangs, please don't transplant that gang to PWC. We have them here, but at least we know who they are.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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Well, I live in PWC and make the trip everyday to DC. I don't quite think my soul is dead yet , but the key is early commuting. My ride is actually quite good but I am definitely LOCKED into an early timeframe and you may not be able to do this based on your kids' schedules. If you intend to work "normal" hours, then I agree that a drive into DC will definitely drain your soul and chip away at your sanity. But vanpools are aplenty and going in later is actually to your benefit because the HOV lanes are fairly clear.
Touche'! Granted, flexible hours are popular around here and a lot of people take advantage of a smoother commute then. I guess I was being just a tad dramatic about how commuting during "traditional" hours would affect a household. Glad we agree that an otherwise "normal" commute might simulate that new movie "Drag Me To H***".
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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Touche'! Granted, flexible hours are popular around here and a lot of people take advantage of a smoother commute then. I guess I was being just a tad dramatic about how commuting during "traditional" hours would affect a household. Glad we agree that an otherwise "normal" commute might simulate that new movie "Drag Me To H***".
Oh, it will. A little over two years ago, I was sort of "stuck" getting my daughter to her bus stop that was several miles away. I could not take her there until 6:15. After I dropped her off, it would take me until 7:30 and sometimes almost 8:00 a.m. to get into DC. This was by myself as a single rider. I thought I was going to die. I finally bit the bullet and picked up slugs and it was the best thing I ever did. I get my slugs around 6:25 and I was at my desk between 7:00 - 7:10 a.m.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:46 PM
 
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from someone who lives in PWC
i live in haymarket
which is in the northern part of PWC
and it is beautiful up here
the area i would choose is
Bristow, Gainesville, or Haymarket
these ones used to be towns are filled with nice houses
their mostly all new, and most of the people move here to escape from manassas which is the "city" in PWC and its turned very high crimed
and schools are better around Bristow Gainesville and Haymarket

but there is a better place in manassas which would be around the Lake jackson area which has huge houses with huge lots.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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If you work in DC or Pentagon I recommend the VRE (for Manassas/Gainesville) and the VRE/Omniride/slug (for Woodbridge/Dumfries)
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