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Old 03-08-2008, 10:50 AM
 
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Asian Indian, family with young kids, we work in information technology, lived 10+ years in Atlanta area. Wishing to move somewhere between NoVa and NJ.

Criteria: access to job markets, great schools, reasonable costs, diversity (in that order).

Should I consider NoVA, or NJ (or somewhere inbetween)? Thanks for your time!
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Old 03-08-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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NoVA has a large Indian community - Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims - and is a far more pleasant place than NJ.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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How about the job market, is it pretty vibrant? Are white collar jobs largely federal governement related, any percentage estimates?

How does NoVa compare in terms of suburban (but not in the exurbs) housing costs, and taxes? Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Came from NJ...wouldn't go back. NOVA!

Not sure where you want to live in NJ, but the taxes are VERY high, especially if you want a good school district. I think the jobs are plentiful in NOVA, again depends on where you are looking and wanting to work, but there are lots of tech jobs. What the pp said about a large Indian community is correct.
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:24 PM
 
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The cost of living in NOVA is higher than South Jersey, even with Central Jersey and not quite as astronomical as North Jersey.

The DC metro is probably the most resilient if not also booming job market in the country. Northern Virginia, particularly Fairfax County, is the epicenter of that. NOVA is also one of the most diverse areas in the country. Although I'm not sure about the Indian population, I'm inclined to agree with TheseGoTo11's assessment.

Taxes in general will be lower here, although you will have to pay a tax on your car based on its Blue Book value.

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Old 03-10-2008, 12:10 AM
 
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How about the job market, is it pretty vibrant? Are white collar jobs largely federal governement related, any percentage estimates?

How does NoVa compare in terms of suburban (but not in the exurbs) housing costs, and taxes? Thanks.
-unemployment in NoVa is around 3%

-VA is a very pro-business state, so tax burden is lower than NY/NJ, and they recruit companies here like it's going out of style. VW of America just moved its corporate offices here from Detroit. Also, commercial taxes on the large inventory of office space subsidize schools, roads, etc.

-jobs in the Dulles Corridor tend to be less centered on gov't contractors than many of the jobs in DC or Arlington, there are a lot of software developers and consulting firms - Oracle, Juniper, and Microsoft have large offices in Reston/Herndon, Airbus and Nissan as well. You'd probably find this area is more technology-oriented than Atlanta.

-there is not a smokestack or billboard in NoVa, unlike NJ, it can be a bit boring in spots, but it's fairly pleasant
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:36 AM
 
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If you want to live in an area with an extremely diverse workforce then NoVa is where you want to live. However, the cost of housing is extremely high in NoVa too do to the real estate boom. But prices are declining and now it's possible to buy a pretty nice single family home in the $300k price segment, whereas you previously had to spend on average $500k.

Additionally, I think NoVa offers more pros than cons too...in terms of diversity, dining, shopping, excellent public school system, public transportation, cleanliness, proxmity to other metropolitan areas, et cetera.
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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Actually New Jersey has the third largest Indian American population in the US. Indian Grocery stores such as Patel Brothers and Subzi Mandi orginated from NJ.

Either NJ or NoVA would be a good choice. The Indian population had grown rapidly in the NoVA/DC/MD region. As other have mentioned, this is due to the created of tech jobs in the Dulles Corridor area.
However; NJ has access to NYC which offers a strong economy that may be better than NoVA, or at least has more higher paying jobs.

Some of the problems with NoVA is the congestion and traffic. Some areas of NJ such as Berkeley Heights or Montvale are actually very nice areas that have little traffic and a more small town feel. Cost of living is about the same for both areas though.
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:14 PM
 
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South Jersey may have a lower cost of living than NOVA, but the commute time would be horrendous...especially during the summer. The schools in South Jersey are not as good as other parts of Jersey and anyplace in Jersey that the schools are great, the taxes are really high.
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:34 PM
 
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You could also look into Cary, North Carolina, with an eye toward working in the Research Triangle Park. There are a fair number of tech jobs there (though a lot fewer than NOVA/NJ), and the cost of living is lower. It might be a good alternative if you're at all intimidated about moving back to a bigger Northern city. It's a lot like NOVA with less traffic and cheaper housing.

Between VA and NJ, I vote VA. More livable. Plenty diverse.
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