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Old 01-15-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Hello Everyone,

I just found out a couple of weeks ago that I will be moving to STX in Feb. I am in the military, married with three children (all school age). I have been reading the posts and of course as anyone moving to a new place I have many concerns. I have lived in Hawaii and various high priced cities. I currently live in Southern California where I pay $3000 for rent so I hope the sticker shock for VI is not much higher Our utilities are not cheap either and gas is currently 3.42 gal for Reg. My main concern is the violence. I am a former police officer with LAPD and have dealt with many young gang members whom my heart just bleeds for because the area I worked was only a few miles from Beverly Hills yet the violence was contained in just pockets of Los Angeles. Talking with the youths I know if anyone gave a darn these kids would change their lives around but no one seems to care. Anyways, in Los Angeles I can choose to pay more and live in an area where I feel safe for my children. The problem with that is the lack of cultural diversity in these areas. The good schools are in predominately Caucasian areas and my children are mixed. But at the same time I can still feel safe going to some of these iffy areas to lets say my favorite eatery or shopping. I prefer for my children to NOT be sheltered from the realities of life but I am not going to subject them to superfluous violence either. I have visited the Bahamas and lived in PR. My husband and I leave the resorts and find the places that tourist don't go just to get the real experience of the culture and people and we take the kids. I have to say that I am pretty street smart and I don't scare easily (I am also a former Marine, Semper Fi), so my main concern is how families from the mainland adjust to the VI? I think PR as far as the culture is totally different from VI. So I just really want a perspective of family life there. I will be arriving on the island in two weeks without my family for 4 months until school ends in CA. I will be researching private schools (2 elementary 1 high school) and housing so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thanks!

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Old 01-15-2011, 12:29 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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Do your research. The V.I. has the honor of the second highest murder rate, behind Honduras, in the world. Mostly little gang bangers seeking revenge. Otherwise, STX is great. You just don't go places and do things you wouldn't go to or do in East LA. Robbery in C'Sted at the ATM, late at night, should be expected. Things like that. Statesiders don't tend to adjust well. If you make it six months, you'll make it a year. If you make it a year, you'll make it three years. Then there's the seven year itch. Disgust with government entitlement (no, not programs, self-entitled unqualified government employees who do nothing) will ebb and flow. Corruption is pretty rampant. If you make it 10 years, you're trapped, and you'll start making excuses as to why its no worse than any other major U.S. city. Except it isn't a major city. And the murders and crime just don't abate. But you won't be able to leave. Because its a beautiful, friendly place with several great big warts. Private school is the only way to go. Do your research.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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Maineac,

Thanks for the info, but it can't be worse than Iraq or Afghanistan where thousands of my brothers and sisters are at yet I get sent to an Island with a few gang members and crappy government....I'll take that trade anytime, its called adapt and overcome hoorah!
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Actually, the Guard unit from down here was over there for quite awhile doing desal and water engineering. I believe another unit deployed not too long ago.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, VI
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STT Resident and the other poster gave good advice. I would encourage you to visit USVI Moving Center - The Ultimate Resource for Relocating to and Living in the Virgin Islands to figure out a lot of the day to day information about living here as well...it flies the stars and bars, but the US this is very much not. "Beautiful place with a few great big warts" I think was a good way to put it!
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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Thumbs up I can help I live here on St. Croix

HI, my name is Cece I live here on St. Croix, it is not a bad place the beaches are wonderful life is easy laid back and relaxing. Finding a location is easy if you know where you want to live. The cost of living is a little high such as food and electric but its not bad to where you cant live and be happy. East end is the place where I live where it is peaceful and great views. if you have any other questions please email me I look forward to helping you if you need.

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Hello Everyone,

I just found out a couple of weeks ago that I will be moving to STX in Feb. I am in the military, married with three children (all school age). I have been reading the posts and of course as anyone moving to a new place I have many concerns. I have lived in Hawaii and various high priced cities. I currently live in Southern California where I pay $3000 for rent so I hope the sticker shock for VI is not much higher Our utilities are not cheap either and gas is currently 3.42 gal for Reg. My main concern is the violence. I am a former police officer with LAPD and have dealt with many young gang members whom my heart just bleeds for because the area I worked was only a few miles from Beverly Hills yet the violence was contained in just pockets of Los Angeles. Talking with the youths I know if anyone gave a darn these kids would change their lives around but no one seems to care. Anyways, in Los Angeles I can choose to pay more and live in an area where I feel safe for my children. The problem with that is the lack of cultural diversity in these areas. The good schools are in predominately Caucasian areas and my children are mixed. But at the same time I can still feel safe going to some of these iffy areas to lets say my favorite eatery or shopping. I prefer for my children to NOT be sheltered from the realities of life but I am not going to subject them to superfluous violence either. I have visited the Bahamas and lived in PR. My husband and I leave the resorts and find the places that tourist don't go just to get the real experience of the culture and people and we take the kids. I have to say that I am pretty street smart and I don't scare easily (I am also a former Marine, Semper Fi), so my main concern is how families from the mainland adjust to the VI? I think PR as far as the culture is totally different from VI. So I just really want a perspective of family life there. I will be arriving on the island in two weeks without my family for 4 months until school ends in CA. I will be researching private schools (2 elementary 1 high school) and housing so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thanks!

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