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Old 03-26-2017, 07:33 AM
 
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Politics shouldn't play a role in this situation. I know VA is heading in a more progressive direction, but small southside towns like South Boston and Clarksville are (sadly) always going to be left in the dust. Perhaps there are some benefits if the OP chooses South Boston, but is it really worth living in rural southside VA if Raleigh/Durham is only an hour down the road? These areas of southern VA are quite conservative, while Raleigh/Durham is the most progressive metro in NC. Again, hope it doesn't sound like I'm offending or stereotyping, but you have to be straightforward in this situation.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Politics shouldn't play a role in this situation. I know VA is heading in a more progressive direction, but small southside towns like South Boston and Clarksville are (sadly) always going to be left in the dust. Perhaps there are some benefits if the OP chooses South Boston, but is it really worth living in rural southside VA if Raleigh/Durham is only an hour down the road? These areas of southern VA are quite conservative, while Raleigh/Durham is the most progressive metro in NC. Again, hope it doesn't sound like I'm offending or stereotyping, but you have to be straightforward in this situation.
You hit the nail on the head. Southside VA is economically dead. Hell, even eastern NC has a better economic outlook, though not by much.

Southside VA has great country scenery that's hard to beat, but scenery doesn't pay the bills.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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You hit the nail on the head. Southside VA is economically dead. Hell, even eastern NC has a better economic outlook, though not by much.

Southside VA has great country scenery that's hard to beat, but scenery doesn't pay the bills.
Exactly. I've met people from Clarksville who travel down to Raleigh/Durham every weekend for better amenities, and I heard of one person in Virgilina who commuted to Durham for work. These western pockets of Southside VA are definitely connected to NC. In Mecklenburg County, they pick up the Raleigh news (WRAL) instead of Richmond.

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Old 03-26-2017, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"In Mecklenburg County, they pick up the Raleigh news (WRAL) instead of Richmond."...correct, I never watch Richmond news, but DTV offers both Richmond and Raleigh networks. Raleigh/Durham is our "go to" for big shopping, entertainment, etc....it's only 75 miles.

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Old 04-03-2017, 08:40 AM
 
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I really appreciate the input. We like rural areas but are looking closer to durham to be closer to the ammernites and in better schools for the kids. I will be working about 1 mile south of the Va / NC boarder so if we go too far south I'm going to have a trek to get to work every day.
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Be sure and post in the Raleigh/Durham section for some help with this!
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Old 11-23-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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Hello, my work may transfer me to South Boston, VA. I am looking for some alternative for place to live and commute to work instead of living in South Boston! I have been there personally but I heard not much to do there !I an 30's and live by myself very active outdoorsy (mainly Hiking, Biking etc) but I need to find a good group of other active people ( maybe a university campus ) to go out with etc. just looking at map Durham is the closest bigger city and Roxbro sounds something between ... any suggestion for me ?!! Thanks
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Old 11-23-2018, 03:47 PM
 
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Roxboro is better because itís closer to Durham and Raleigh
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Old 11-24-2018, 06:44 AM
 
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Hello, my work may transfer me to South Boston, VA. I am looking for some alternative for place to live and commute to work instead of living in South Boston! I have been there personally but I heard not much to do there !I an 30's and live by myself very active outdoorsy (mainly Hiking, Biking etc) but I need to find a good group of other active people ( maybe a university campus ) to go out with etc. just looking at map Durham is the closest bigger city and Roxbro sounds something between ... any suggestion for me ?!! Thanks
How long of a drive do you want? My wife and I are in our mid-30's and we have 2 kids. I have lived here for over 1.5 yrs after relocating to Roxboro from CA. From my house it is a 40+/- min drive to Danville, South Boston, or Durham. Durham is about the only place you are going to find a very active night life but like most big cities there are some really rough parts. I work for a large wood products company on the Va boarder in Roxboro and it seems like all the management people live in Roxboro / Timberlake and the hourly guys live in Danville, Halifax, or South Boston, VA. From what I gather property taxes are less in NC but sales taxes are lower in VA. We do a lot of shopping in Danville because it has better grocery stores and much cheaper gas (about $.25-$.40 /gallon).

Feel free to PM me if you have more detailed questions about the area.
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:13 PM
 
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Thanks KirkOrden and tharheehombre 🙂 it sounds Roxboro could be better option to live and drive to south Boston for work ! Is it safe drive all year around ? I live in Canada right now so some roads are not really good to drive specially in winter time even for much shorter dostances !
For me the fear of living in very isolated area and nothing to do beside work making me re think of moving all together ! Although my family live in MD and this could be a good opportunity to be closer ! I am not so much into parties and night clubs but I want to find out a group of like minded people to hang out with and spend quality time being active in nature etc .. also be able to go out in special occasions like concerts festivals ..
moving to totally strange area is always hard call ..thanks
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