I live and work in Richmond, I love it here, but there's a short list of cities I'd consider moving to, and Va Beach is on it. But Virginia Beach isn't far from Richmond to get your beach fix, and you can actually enjoy vacations to the beach. Virginia Beach public schools are one of the few things that would make me consider VA Beach. As someone who grew up in Pennsylvania, and lives neither in Richmond nor VA Beach, I think I can be kind of objective and say you'll like Richmond better. And I've lived everywhere, moved to Richmond 5 years ago from Boston Born and raised in Virginia Beach, and I would never go back if my parents didn't still live there. If you want good schools in Richmond area, look at west end Henrico or Northern Chesterfield. That said, everyone I've known from Va Beach and that area travels to Richmond all the time to do anything.
I planned on living in Virginia Beach "North", or whatever that area is north of the tourist area. Personally when I say areas of Richmond are "ghetto," I don't mean I feel like I am in danger there.
We are looking for a nice place to live in Virginia to raise our son and put down some roots. I'm not aware of any respectable web dev/tech companies in VA Beach, but there are several in Richmond. I just mean, you know, every city has its rough areas, but in Richmond they won't affect your life if you don't live in them.
Everything you mentioned so far makes me think that you should live in the west end of Richmond.
Traffic can get pretty nasty in the Virginia Beach area, and it's only getting worse, while the bridges and tunnels aren't getting any bigger. It's the largest government employer in the Richmond area, and I am just retiring from my Gov't IT job. All I know about VA Beach is that there's a highly-developed beach there, and I hear traffic sucks. Where are these good schools in Richmond? RVA as a whole isn't seedy, but it has just as much seediness as VB I've lived in VA Beach, Williamsburg, and Richmond, and of the 3 Richmond is the best. I suppose I was thinking more along the lines of Great Neck / Lynnhaven / North Beach area. I've heard good things about Richmond and VA Beach. You can live in the ghetto, suburbs, tourist trap, or country area of Virginia. Like any city, Richmond has good and bad areas and those terms are subjective. Can you guys tell me the differences between Richmond and VA Beach?
From what I've heard henrico is the same as far as good schools, but I belive its a bit more expensive to live in. I live in Hanover county, my boyfriend is from California and I am from New York. can't speak much to VA Beach, but I think you'd like Richmond.
Richmond would be a shorter drive for us when visiting family in Pennsylvania, so I do like that aspect. As someone who had the unfortunate luck to grow up in Virginia Beach, don't do it. So I didn't read all the responses but it seems like everyone is saying Richmond, which I agree with. Richmond is awesome about most things but is pretty poor so it's kind of ghetto in a bunch of areas. I grew up in Virginia Beach, the racist "we're the south" is very prevalent. I commuted from VA Beach to Hampton, and I lost a year of my life in that fucking shit. But I don't wanna live on the outer bounds of a sketchy area either. I didn't say there weren't good schools in Va Beach, just that there were in the RVA. I have no data re: the school situation at the beach. Any reason to choose VA Beach over Richmond? I've had a few people from Richmond PM me, telling me about jobs or offering to help me find a job. It's been awhile since I've lived in Richmond, but I don't know of a single kabob place in town. I live in a safe neighborhood in a two-bedroom house and pay $875 a month. There are a few places in Richmond that I would feel uncomfortable walking through alone after dark.
Richmond! Richmond. Born in Richmond and wanting to move back, but there are literally zero jobs in my current field. What would be some good neighborhoods/towns for us to live in, in either area? Hey I'm old with kids, closer to 50 than 40, love city life and would never live in the dreadful boring suburbs Dibs!!! You obviously haven't been there a 1,000 times I mean no where's fun when you've been there 1000 times lol Richmond. As I could only afford to live in Jackson Ward, or North RVA, etc. The triangle area would be smart, but you'd have to live with the traffic and commute. I just mean it's not a pleasant place to do my shopping or eat out, and of course I don't want to live there. I don't think you would have trouble finding a good job here at all and the housing in Richmond is very very affordable. Had the same option about 18months ago, chose RVA. Everything after is completely IMO. I moved from the north to Virginia.
About 3 years ago I had same choice, although it was Norfolk developer job or Richmond developer job. From the article: Hernico was second only to Fairfax County in terms of Virginia schools that made the list. That alone is reason enough not to live there as far as I'm concerned, but you might feel different.
Yeah but that jet noise tho Va Beach sounds cooler- bigger area with more people, and it's right by the beach, of course. There was also a really great camping area south of the tourist area I have forgotten the name. My husband is a database architect in rva, the amount of tech jobs in greater Richmond is really high. The only reason to go to Virginia Beach is for Pocahontas Pancakes.
Williamsburg puts you halfway between Richmond and VA beach, so you can have both if you want. You didn't mention schools, but there are lots of good public schools in the RVA, as well as good colleges/universities. I'm just saying that you'll be paying an astronomical amount of money to live in a decent area AND send your kids to a decent school. Yeah, I certainly don't mind living in the outer burbs of Richmond.
Just moved to Richmond two months ago, and took a job as a front end developer at teamcolab. com.
Job wise Norfolk / VA Beach there was more military contracting work that seemed very stable but less options. 3) The culture of "We're the South, Hear Us Roar" doesn't really exist in Va Beach, whether that bothers you or not.
There are no Va Beach schools above it, only NoVA schools. From what I am hearing from you, I bet you would love the west end area, or the counties. There are plenty of places inside the city that would be nice for a family, at least in my opinion.
I grew up there, it's a fabulous place to have kids, and the schools are quite good. TLDR; There's good food in Va Beach, but you have to really dig around for it. Step-cousins live in VB--only go to the beach 3-5 times a year because it's so touristy! In Richmond proper, you've got elementary schools, but middle gets dicey. I stayed in Norfolk / VA Beach several times for interviews, check out area etc.
A lot or areas in and around Richmond seem to be kinda seedy to me. Better schools, bigger city, slightly better job market Dude, I'm not moving anywhere till I have a job.
Even if you don't live there you should still go there on Halloween and 4th of July.