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Old 07-07-2016, 01:06 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

My wife and I are moving to Virginia may of next year, and would love to know everything we can about it.

We are moving away from Colorado for multiple reasons (dry weather,lived here most our lives, love the coast, need a change etc....).

We are looking for any helpful information from locals around the state on all topics. Some big questions for us would be, where is the best place to start a family and be a first time home buyer? What is the job situation? Lots of work or lots of people looking for work? I work for Kroger, and will be able to transfer out there no problem, but would like to know what other options are out there if any.
I have heard that the driving/traffic is horrible, true or just in the big cities as it is everywhere?

How is the weather? We've heard some about flooding? As far as we can tell it seems really nice compared to what we are used too in Colorado, we really want to live on the Virginia coast, but is it really possible on one gross income of 40,000 with a newborn?

My wife is starting her own business, so we don't expect any revenue for a while! Lol,we would appreciate any recommendations and/or any possible comparison to our Colorado lives thanks
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:02 PM
 
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we really want to live on the Virginia coast, but is it really possible on one gross income of 40,000 with a newborn?

I do not believe there is a Kroger anywhere near the coast.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:09 PM
 
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I lived in VA for many years and now live in CO.

I assume you have an idea where Kroger locations are in the state. That's a starting point. Your income isn't going to allow you to live anywhere in northern VA. I would say the southwestern part of the state would be the most affordable but that's not near the coastal area that you want. The Tidewater area (Hampton Roads/southeast VA) has more people and jobs but also has a gritty blue-collar look. Are there Kroger stores on the eastern shore? That would give you the coast but it's rural and poor. Maybe Matthews, Gloucester, White Stone, Tappahannock.

The weather is all over the place. There can be snow and ice in the winter, though rare, it's very hot in the summer, and it's humid year round. Flooding rains at times because it's so flat near the coast, but this has been a bad year for heavy rain in the east in general.

Traffic can be bad depending on where you are. I95 snd I64 are a pain all the time. With the exception of the DC area, I don't think the rest of it is that bad.

There is NO comparison to CO. At all. Very very different.

Have you considered NC?
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Short Pump
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its hard to compare the two..I love CO.. Va is much more conservative on many topics that are commonplace in CO, weed isnt legal.. kinda of a police state when it comes to speeding. drivers here are typically horrible in driving habits VS CO


you can live ok with that salary in the richmond area and we do have many krogers

Richmond is a melting pot with a demo similar to denver..the shore area or the mountains are a 2 hr drive
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I do not believe there is a Kroger anywhere near the coast.
What? There are Krogers in HR.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:51 PM
 
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What? There are Krogers in HR.
Yup, I used to go to the one in Tabb.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:52 PM
 
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I know of a Kroger in York County.
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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I know of a Kroger in York County.
There is a kroger about 10 mins from ocean front on republic behind whole foods. Shore drive, Providence, holland road (kroger marketplace) all off the top of my head in va beach itself. Then tabb, portsmouth, suffolk all have new stores the latter being marketplaces. Chesapeake has a marketplace opening end of this month.

Source: I work with kroger opening/remodel these stores.

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Old 07-09-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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I lived in VA for many years and now live in CO.

I assume you have an idea where Kroger locations are in the state. That's a starting point. Your income isn't going to allow you to live anywhere in northern VA. I would say the southwestern part of the state would be the most affordable but that's not near the coastal area that you want. The Tidewater area (Hampton Roads/southeast VA) has more people and jobs but also has a gritty blue-collar look. Are there Kroger stores on the eastern shore? That would give you the coast but it's rural and poor. Maybe Matthews, Gloucester, White Stone, Tappahannock.

The weather is all over the place. There can be snow and ice in the winter, though rare, it's very hot in the summer, and it's humid year round. Flooding rains at times because it's so flat near the coast, but this has been a bad year for heavy rain in the east in general.

Traffic can be bad depending on where you are. I95 snd I64 are a pain all the time. With the exception of the DC area, I don't think the rest of it is that bad.

There is NO comparison to CO. At all. Very very different.

Have you considered NC?
Funny- Should the OP consider this because NC is so much more like CO? Most of the observations you make about VA are also characteristics of similar areas in NC.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:34 AM
 
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I lived in VA for many years and now live in CO.

I assume you have an idea where Kroger locations are in the state. That's a starting point. Your income isn't going to allow you to live anywhere in northern VA. I would say the southwestern part of the state would be the most affordable but that's not near the coastal area that you want. The Tidewater area (Hampton Roads/southeast VA) has more people and jobs but also has a gritty blue-collar look. Are there Kroger stores on the eastern shore? That would give you the coast but it's rural and poor. Maybe Matthews, Gloucester, White Stone, Tappahannock.

The weather is all over the place. There can be snow and ice in the winter, though rare, it's very hot in the summer, and it's humid year round. Flooding rains at times because it's so flat near the coast, but this has been a bad year for heavy rain in the east in general.

Traffic can be bad depending on where you are. I95 snd I64 are a pain all the time. With the exception of the DC area, I don't think the rest of it is that bad.

There is NO comparison to CO. At all. Very very different.

Have you considered NC?
Clueless at best.....
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