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Old 08-03-2016, 09:33 AM
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Hello, My family and I are planning a move from up north and have been researching Gloucester County and Mathews County. Just looking for personal opinions on the area. We do have 2 young children, (1 school aged). I can not seem to find any up to date crime information on these areas. Is this a safe area? Thanks for any help, Also if you have any other areas that are more east coast VA that are safe with decent schools, please dont hesitate. Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-05-2016, 04:12 AM
Location: Roanoke, VA
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No one has responded. I am no expert, but having taken rt. 17 through Gloucester County, I cannot imagine it having an issue with crime. And I would think it is safe overall.

Have you visited either county? Gloucester is rural. I believe many residents commute over the Coleman bridge (a toll bridge) to work at Langley AFB or the shipyard. Traffic on Rt. 17 going to/from Newport News & York Co. over the Coleman can be heavy during rush hours.

Some info on the bridge can be found here (scroll down): Hampton Roads Tunnels and Bridges

My advice is that if you must have a job in order to make the move, get the job first and let that dictate the general area where you live.
Jobs that pay well and provide benefits are not always easy to land. If you are living in the "perfect place" with no money, it won't be the perfect experience.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-05-2016, 08:48 PM
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Gloucester is rural. Mathews is VERY rural.

One of my best friends lives in Mathews. His advice for people, especially with young kids is: there's very little diversity, and diversity isn't celebrated. Not saying he is racist, he's not. It's just what he sees in his day-to-day living there.

Also, avoid Guinea. There are some really strange people that live there.

It's quite a ways out, so be sure you're ready for a commute. If you have to commute across the Coleman, get ready for some crazy traffic during the 9-5 commute times. It's no fun. I worked with a few guys from Gloucester at the shipyard in Newport News. They were constantly late.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:02 AM
Location: New York
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I've researched the Gloucester mathews areA for a possible early retirement. Seems as sleepy as the eastern shore, but closer to amenities (over the coleman bridge) I think it could be a great place to move if you are into the outdoors, gardening, bicycling, kayaking etc.
Here is a persons blog on the area. Very interesting.
Life in Mathews
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:21 AM
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I live in Gloucester and in Hampton. Also, my family line is from North Carolina and both Gloucester and Fox Hill Guinea. Strange is a harsh word. Yes, folks in that area are different, but as water men, they have always learned to rely on each other and not folks from outside. But, that was not my intent on this reply. I have always loved living in Gloucester. I live in the far end of Gloucester, heading towards Saluda. About 20-25 miles from the Bridge. It is quiet, peaceful and love my neighbors. Neighbors who speak to you, nod at you and some who chase you down for a cup of coffee and a good bit of gossip. But always those who have your back when you need it. Even if you don't ask. They are always there. Now as far as kids. Young kids have boy scouts and girl scouts and little league. Teens that is a totally different story. My kids are now adults with kids of their own. But growing up, they did not have much to keep them busy except getting into teenage stuff. We have two movie houses (woohoo), a bowling alley, and a recent addition of a skate park. My kids were already grown by then. Kids get bored very quickly and if they do not have a car or friends with cars and the freedom to go anywhere, then it will be a challenge to keep them happy. The parking lots become the local hang outs and shopping cart derby is on. Most kids are good, very few bad. Not much major crime in Gloucester. The occasional DUI, shoplifting, things like that. A few sections are home to some drugs, but basically it is a great place to live. I would not trade it for nothing.
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:15 AM
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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2016 post so they likely already moved somewhere, or maybe gave up.
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Old 03-20-2018, 09:47 AM
Location: New York
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Originally Posted by Bigfoot424 View Post
2016 post so they likely already moved somewhere, or maybe gave up.

But still... always good to hear a tid bit or two of that region. It's totally off the city data radar. I can't wait to explore it. We are closer now to severing our ties with the north east. I spent my summers on the eastern end of Long Island in a then (1970's/80's)sleepy town called Greenport. Not much to do back then but fish, and hunt(in fall/winter). We would explore the back marshes and bays, go clamming and crabbing. That's what I want to return to, that sort of lifestyle. Watching a flock of black ducks setting into my spread on a raw November morning in some no name marsh gets my blood flowing! Or fly fishing for feeding striped bass or as you folks call them rockfish. Maybe bring our chickens down with us, plant fruit trees, and have a full size garden.
If that's the Gloucester area, then that is for me.

Midnight666 tell us more about the area please!
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:01 AM
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I was referring to the OP who posted in 2016.
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