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Old 04-21-2011, 12:03 PM
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My wife and I are considering a move from NJ for work to the Hampton Roads area. My job would be based in Norfolk. One area of concern is the difference in schools between New Jersey and and this area. We are looking for advice on what are the best school districts to live in. Also looking to find a good hospital in the area for my wife to seek employment as she is a nurse. Thanks.
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:58 AM
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Be preparred for some culture shock coming from NJ. I moved here from Jersey a few years ago and its quite the adjustment.

Everyone is going to say live in VB or Chesapeake, however there are a few nice areas of Norfolk that would probably work for you. I live in the Larchmont area and love it. Ghent is also a nice area and its close to Sentara Norfolk General which may work out for your wife.

As far as schools, Norfolk has a couple good elementry schools but thats about as far as I would let my kid go to school in the Norfolk public system. VB and Chesapeake are much better school systems overall.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:26 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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From what part of NJ are you coming from? If you are coming from the North of Jersey like Paterson, Newark, Jersey city then yes you will have a culture shock. Over here it's very different. I moved from NYC, and it was a big change
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:20 AM
Location: Hampton Roads VA
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You will love lower taxes compared to NJ and moderate housing prices. And there are no tolls on our bridges and tunnels. Your car insurance will be lower also. It is a different kind of place, culture shock included but you'll adjust quick, we all do. :-)
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:12 PM
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I agree with all of the previous posters. Im a Norfolk native now living in Jersey City. Sure it will initially be a bit of a shock, but you'll blend in quickly like everyone does. Just like anywhere else HR has its good and bad areas. In Norfolk you have Sentara Norfolk General, which is downtown Norfolk surrounded by a few nice and pricey neighborhoods with tons of new developments. Depaul a BonSecours hospital is on Granby St in Norfolk, also a really nice and quiet neighborhood. Its surrounded by a few private schools Norfolk Academy/Collegiate/Christian and Granby HS which is one of our top schools in Norfolk, but dont feel like you have to go the private route necessarily. There are several really good schools in the city. (check the news I also hear theyre are gonna be a few closings)

For your wife, there are also quite a few outpatient/acute care clinics in the area if she isnt interested in the big hospitals, but I would stick within the Sentara Company which dominates the area they have pretty much the best pay and benefits in comparison to the others, in my opinion. O and I forgot about CHKD, which is attached to Sentara Norfolk. To compare the school systems like I said I live in JC in a decent neighborhood, but my daughter thinks the schools here in NJ are a breeze compared to the schools in VA, (No NJ ASK test...our tests are called the SOL's) but that also depends on the child no matter where you go. I hope this helps....
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