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Old 07-25-2022, 10:28 AM
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It’s pretty diverse I guess?

It won’t be as diverse as Henrico which is just across the river from Midlothian (Chesterfield Co). It’s Virginia so there are a lot of African Americans. There are some Asians, Indians and Arabs but I wouldn’t call it a hotbed of diversity. It’s pretty affluent and is pretty typical of an upper middle class American suburb.
The commonwealth is quickly heading towards a minority majority state. A majority of the people living in Virginia were not born here (that has been the case for 20-30 years) so it doesn’t feel insular at all. Virginia in general is a very diverse state.

You should feel pretty connected to the rest of the world. You’ll be within a days drive of New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Cleveland, St Louis, Chicago, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh. Baltimore, Raleigh and Philadelphia are all under 4 hours. Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville and Washington are under two hours. Richmond itself provides plenty of stimulation and connectivity to the world. If you haven’t been around trees in a while you may feel more isolated than you are. It’s rare to be able to see the horizon around here. Not being able to see more than a mile in any direction can feel a bit claustrophobic at first. I spent a few years in Columbus OH, which seemed pretty forested at the time, and when I moved back to Virginia (northern Virginia at the time) it felt very claustrophobic. Even the interstate exits are tunnels through trees. After a few months thongs went back to feeling normal. Once you get used to it, it is lovely. The trees hide all of the ugly parts while driving around (you don’t see the sewage treatment plants, asphalt plants, landfills etc.).
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Old 07-25-2022, 10:34 AM
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This may be helpful.
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Old 07-25-2022, 11:23 AM
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Thanks, Is Midlothian considered to be in the flood-zone? Few things that jumped at me doing my research. Also, additional discounts are provided to Midlothians for flood insurance due to the fact

Also, schools are rating to be good in Mechanicsville. But the town looks pretty boring itself. Mechanicsville any good to raise a family?
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Old 07-25-2022, 02:39 PM
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Midlothian doesn’t seem like it would flood. The land is pretty high with rolling hills. Of course there are lots of streams and creeks that can flood out roads occasionally but I can’t think of any areas where many houses would be at risk.

As for Mechanicville, I’m not a fan. There are nice new subdivisions and it looks like a very comfortable life but there is little diversity, no real cultural offerings and subpar retail. It’s in Hanover County which can be pretty conservative, that’s a turn off for me personally but the people are nice enough. There are civil war battlefields all over Hanover County, so there’s some pretty visible civil war pride going on. I didn’t understand it until I spent some time driving around the county. There’s a civil war battle field every few miles. I can see how people become entrenched in it, but it doesn’t appeal to me. The fields do. They make for really nice parks with hiking trails and interesting sites (like houses that doubled as field hospitals and sniper pits that are still visible).

To recap: mechanicville is nice enough but it’s small, overtly white (I’m white, it’s not like I hate that about the area but you were looking for some diversity). The schools are good and the houses are nice, and probably a bit cheaper than those in Midlothian. It is closer to downtown and to the interstates so it is actually a bit better connected to the North East (will shave 20-30 minutes off of a trip up I95). Chesterfield is a much bigger county with more cultural, restaurant and retail options. It is by no means a Mecca for those things but it’s just has a more developed and complete feeling.

Honestly there probably isn’t that much of a difference. Both are bedroom communities of Richmond. Richmond is where you’ll go to museums, live theater, special dinners and events. Downtown is 20 minutes or so for both places. Midlothian and Mechanicville are places where you grocery shop and sleep.
Midlothian has better supermarkets, for what it’s worth.
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Old 07-25-2022, 03:47 PM
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Thank you for this….no amount of googling could give me this information. I appreciate it. What do you think about Moseley? They also have good schools a bit south of Midlothian.
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Old 07-26-2022, 09:50 AM
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Mosley is very nice. A friend from college lives there with her family.
It’s a wooded area near a big lake. It’s close to a good hospital (St Francis), employment centers and tidy shopping centers (with just your typical suburban stores).
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Old 08-01-2022, 01:01 PM
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Due to the desire to be within 3-4 hours of NJ you may want to consider MD. Yes, NJ is doable in 3-4 hours from NJ, at 3am on a weekend. Assuming overnight road construction is not in your way. Maybe look at places like Towson. It meets what you are looking for although the school ratings are an unknown to me.
$600-700k is a bit of a stretch in many parts of Maryland- especially suburban DC - there are parts in and around Baltimore but the economy there is not nearly as good as DC/ Northern Virginia or Richmond.

Midlothian is a rather diverse community - moreso than other parts of suburban Richmond but there are many great communities to choose from. 'Midlothian' in general also covers a rather broad area.
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