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Old 06-14-2020, 08:21 PM
 
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Hi, any advice is greatly appreciated! I am torn between making a move and have work choices between Pensacola, FL or Virginia Beach, VA. Pensacola has a lower cost of living, is warmer, but I worry about the culture/close mindedness , and Virginia Beach seems nice overall with good schools, but I really enjoy the warmer weather and not sure if we would eventually want to head south. I have a young child and want to get settled in one place and although we would make it work out either way, appreciate any insights out there. TY!
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:44 AM
 
Location: South Raleigh areas
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Hi, any advice is greatly appreciated! I am torn between making a move and have work choices between Pensacola, FL or Virginia Beach, VA. Pensacola has a lower cost of living, is warmer, but I worry about the culture/close mindedness , and Virginia Beach seems nice overall with good schools, but I really enjoy the warmer weather and not sure if we would eventually want to head south. I have a young child and want to get settled in one place and although we would make it work out either way, appreciate any insights out there. TY!
It's an amazing place to raise your family, I love Virginia Beach. What specific lifestyle qualities or characteristics are you searching for?
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Old 06-18-2020, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Houston
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if you want lower cost - stick to Florida. You get nothing for your money house wise in that area. You'll have to head way out the way to the state line for something decent but then your out the way.

You may have a little more culture in Pensacola as Va. Beach is a mixture of folks all over so the area doesn't have an identity when it comes to that.

But as for amenities, Va. Beach area all the way as you can't beat that. 3 hours from DC, 7 or so from NY, the Williamsburg area, etc.
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Old 06-18-2020, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Where my bills arrive
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Schools are better in Virginia Beach and if your Navy it is much easier to stay there over Pensacola.
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:57 AM
 
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Hi there. I know I'm late in replying and unsure if you've made a move yet, but I wanted to weigh in. Having lived in several areas of the country (including Florida) and growing up in Boston, MA, your comfort may depend on how you're perceived. If you're White, upper-middle-class and lean center-right culturally, Virginia Beach may work well for you. If you're anything else, you may have difficulty making this area work. I've lived here for 14 years and sadly have had numerous negative experiences. At first, I assumed I might have been the problem until I spoke with other transplants with similar experiences. Having moved around the country, I've not experienced the same levels of unkindness as in Virginia Beach. I've experienced bullying, racial insensitivity, meanness, exclusion (clique-ish behavior), and a level of immaturity that seems strange (to me).

Raising a family here depends on what you are used to and what you're looking for. I've stayed in VB for familial reasons, but if not for family, I'd raise my daughter elsewhere. I've witnessed enough uncouth and insincere behavior to color my judgment compared to other cities. Conversely, there are many good quality extra-curricular activities geared toward children here. They are more sports-oriented but very good (martial arts, ballet, gymnastics, etc.).

As for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, having worked in two K-5 schools as an assistant teacher and one prominent high school in admin, I don't think the children's education is much better than most other public schools in the country. Public school standards have dipped nationwide over the last 20 years or so. I placed my child in a Catholic School from K-3, then a public school for 4th. I wasn't happy with the education she received at her public school, so I switched her back to a Catholic School mid-year and that's where she'll stay unless I can no longer afford it. Virginia Beach City Public Schools offer "gifted" programs, but they are highly subjective in recruitment (teacher input is a decisive factor); the quantifiable research on teachers' internal bias is abundant, so the selection process is concerning (to me). Depending on how you perceive this sort of thing may or may not be a concern.

I've found the cost of living is high for what you get. Living near the beach is always a plus, especially for kids. That said, I grew up in Boston, so my perception of an abundant cultural scene is different.

My time living in Florida was in the Tampa Bay area, which I recognize as vastly different from the panhandle. Though you've mentioned liking warmer weather, four distinct seasons in Virginia can be pleasant.

I hope my posted experiences can give you food for thought. Good luck to you and your family wherever you land.
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