U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 09-18-2015, 09:29 AM
 
8 posts, read 4,904 times
Reputation: 35

Advertisements

I'm a 30 year old woman who works for myself and takes care of my disabled mother.
I have no kids and only one small dog.

I've been toying with the idea of moving to VA because several of my friends and family members have moved there in the past months and I'm looking to relocate. I'm currently on the fence between moving to Virginia or moving to Maine.
I live in New Hampshire.

I don't like huge cities but I do want to be within a half an hour of the ocean.
I also don't want to live in any high crime areas.

If anyone could give me advice or just feedback on what they like/dislike about VA it would be greatly appreciated.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-18-2015, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
6,553 posts, read 10,840,172 times
Reputation: 5555
It's not truly "huge cities" all over the coast here in VA but it often has the huge cities traffic. Of course Maine can have some good traffic as well along the coast since there are fewer options on routes you can take. Given the choice I'd take the coast of Maine in a heartbeat but if swimming is a priority then VA beach is the best option by far.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-18-2015, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
11,225 posts, read 19,670,603 times
Reputation: 5062
Quote:
Originally Posted by lost_immortal View Post
I don't like huge cities but I do want to be within a half an hour of the ocean.
I also don't want to live in any high crime areas.
The Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth areas are very congested, and there are some parts with higher crime.

You could live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, somewhere like Cape Charles or Nassawadox. However, it is very isolated and you have to cross the 13-mile long bay bridge to get to an airport.

However, if you and your mother are accustomed to and like the New England culture, you may be better off in Maine. You need to visit to see whether you would like Virginia.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-18-2015, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
1,099 posts, read 1,116,162 times
Reputation: 1384
She doesn't even need to live on the Eastern Shore. Suffolk and southern Chesapeake are rural.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-18-2015, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
11,225 posts, read 19,670,603 times
Reputation: 5062
Quote:
Originally Posted by lost_immortal View Post
I'm a 30 year old woman who works for myself and takes care of my disabled mother.
If your mother receives SSDI or Medicaid or other social service, please investigate what would happen with her benefits in Virginia. I know that Medicaid has a very tight budget compared to other states. She may be much better off remaining where you are.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-18-2015, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
11,225 posts, read 19,670,603 times
Reputation: 5062
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pyroninja42 View Post
She doesn't even need to live on the Eastern Shore. Suffolk and southern Chesapeake are rural.
I agree they are nice areas if you want rural. But they are probably more than a 30 monute drive to the ocean beaches.

I wouldn't live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia myself, but the OP might want to consider it. You have water everywhere, but limited access to ocean beaches unless you have a boat.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-23-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Martinsburg, WV
64 posts, read 86,740 times
Reputation: 53
I would also recommend Chesapeake. I'd call it a larger-sized suburb, but it's very close to Bush Gardens/Williamsburg as well as the coast and not too far from Richmond either. I'd say it's an ideal location relative to the things you want nearby to you, but it's not too large, doesn't have very high crime from what I known of the place, and it's always seemed clean and has it's fair share of restaurants and retail if you want stuff to do nearby so that you don't always have to travel for entertainment.

I live in Stephens City/Winchester, which is about an hour to 1.5 hours from DC and 4 or so hours from the coast, 5 or so hours from Virginia Beach specifically. It's a great suburban town for families, has pretty low crime—especially compared to, say, Martinsburg just a little north on I-81—and there's plenty of stuff to do nearby. I've only visited main briefly, but I personally don't like the cold and feel Virginia's winters are already too long for my taste, so keep climate in mind. Being in New Hampshire, I wouldn't think the winters you're accustomed too would be so dramatically different from those in Maine, but it might be worth keeping at the back of your mind.

Good luck.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-25-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Richmond
401 posts, read 717,813 times
Reputation: 309
Pungo area and old princess anne county, 30 minutes to Sandbridge and not huge city unless you go to VB proper
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:28 PM.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top