What is it like to live in VA?

What is it like to live in VA?

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DJP1978

Danielson, CT

#1 Nov 5, 2006
I am looking into visiting different places, and moving down south somewhere to get away from new england.

In your opinion, what is it like to live in Virginia?

How is the weather? How cold do the winters get? Does it snow there? If so, how much?

Are there a lot of backups on the roads and highways? Here, one little accident can back up every route in the area, and it can take over an hour to get somewhere that normally would take 20 minutes. Does this happen there a lot?

How is the cost of housing?

I hear that VA has it's share of posinous spiders, such as the brown recluse. Is this true? If so, how common is it for a human to be bitten and injured by them?

How is the crime rate? Can you park your car and not have to worry about it being gone or broken into?(I know bad stuff happens everywhere, but I used to live in Phoenix, AZ and there you couldn't even own a car stereo unless you planned on having it stolen.)

How friendly are people? If I were to move there, I have no friends or family there, and would not know anyone. Would it be hard to make friends?

Just looking for some opinions.
Jbird

United States

#2 Nov 6, 2006
How is the weather? How cold do the winters get? Does it snow there? If so, how much?
IMO the weather is the best here. Research a little. Winters are short and sweet. Summer's can be a bit much, but not as bad as further south. Perfect.
Are there a lot of backups on the roads and highways? Here, one little accident can back up every route in the area, and it can take over an hour to get somewhere that normally would take 20 minutes. Does this happen there a lot?
Yes. Norther VA is a chaotic mess when it comes to roads and planning. It's absolutly horrible. I would not come here because of it. It's that simple.
How is the cost of housing?
Way over priced, but falling quick. It's a buyers market for sure! Thingd are normalising.
I hear that VA has it's share of posinous spiders, such as the brown recluse. Is this true? If so, how common is it for a human to be bitten and injured by them?
I get bit about once a week. Not a big deal. Just carry anti-venom. Just kidding! Actually the Brown Recluse is uncommon, I've seen more black widows. Either way, Spiders are not a concern. You are way more likely to be killed by a MS13 gang member than a spider here.
How is the crime rate? Can you park your car and not have to worry about it being gone or broken into?
Depends. Some gated communities are allright. But for the most part,...well it's better here than DC...
How friendly are people? If I were to move there, I have no friends or family there, and would not know anyone. Would it be hard to make friends?
Do you speak Spanish?
Virginia Fan

Staunton, VA

#3 Nov 6, 2006
In your opinion, what is it like to live in Virginia?
I have lived in Georgia, New York and, briefly, in other states. I believe Virginia is THE place to live. But Virginia has many different areas... The urban Northern Virginia, the coastal Hampton Roads area, very conservative Southside and the Mountains. I love and live in the mountains... In Staunton. It's a small city of 24,000 with fantastic theater (including a nationally known Shakespearean theater), a wealth of fine resturants and coffee houses, museums, galleries and plenty to do. It is also small enough so you know a lot of people. I rarely walk down the street without seeing friends.

You know your neighbors, if you take the time to get to know them. I do. And the climate is - for me - great. It is usually in the 70s and 80s in the summer months, with only a few of the humid spells I have experienced elsewhere. It is wonderful in the spring and fall with great colors and fragrances. Winter is cold, but not usually super cold but for brief periods. We have a few feet of snow for the whole season.

Traffic is minimal. At rush hour you might have five or six cars at the light. People here frequently drive to larger Charlottesville or Harrisonburg - about 30 minutes on the Interstate - to shop. I actually shop in Staunton area. We have enough stores for almost all I need, including a nice butcher shop, some bakeries, health-food stores and all the grocery stores and Walmarts you need.

I've lived in Virginia for many years. Never been bitten by a posinous spider, nor have I ever heard of anyone being bitten. But it could happen I guess. We have a few spiders, but most are the common yard and house variety that hurt no one.

Crime in my area is minimal. Everyone worries that gangs are coming in. Maybe they are, but I have seen no sign of them. I live a little out in the country from town, but I never lock my house or car. I have friends, mostly from big cities, who lock everything all the time. I guess its a matter of choice. We have relatively little crime. The local paper ( www.newsleader.com ) publishes all the crime reports routinely, and there aren't a ton for an area with more than 100,000 people (county and city.)

No place is perfect, certainly. But Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley is pretty good. A lot of older folks are recognizing that now because an awfully lot of early retired folks are moving here. They really seem to love it. Home prices are rising, but are still far lower than in most cities or out west.

Come visit and see what I mean.
Tt-1 Snow Mobile

United States

#4 Nov 8, 2006
In your opinion, what is it like to live in Virginia?
Well that depends, are we talking Northern Va?
I mean in Northern Va, apart from the MS13 gang activity, hordes of illegal immigrants, crime, pregnant teens, gridlocked traffic, inflated real estate cost and roving Pit Bulls, it's a pretty good place to live.
Now, southern Va, well that's not too bad either. Mostly Wallmarts.
TicTock

United States

#5 Nov 12, 2006
Va has mountains,beaches,flat land swamp land and Richmond. VA has every kind of biting bug and snakes. You can find any kind of weather, if you don't like it today wait untill tomorrow and it will change. It is my home state and I love it, but I live in NC. You can find any and everything in VA including traffic.
TicTock
qtpie

Bristol, VA

#6 Nov 12, 2006
i live in Virginia the area i live in is in the county and i love it you dont have your neighbors right on top of you but if you need one of them you know where they are the schools are great i guess im just partial to the country some people like the city and some people like the country the seasons are truly something to see during the fall drive the blue ridge parkway and see the trees changing colors,the winter months are cold and some snow,the spring months are rainy but it is well worth it to see all the pretty spring flowers,and the summer months are very hot but you can always go to Boone Lake or South Holston Lake to cool off I hope this helped you to decide about coming to Virginia to visit
mark prafka

United States

#7 Nov 13, 2006
i would not recommend moving to south west,va.the area is very anti people from other areas. the police target folks from other states for no reason at all.spend you're money and time somewhere else. i would recommend north carolina,alot better wheather and climate for buisness and non locals.
DJP1978 wrote:
I am looking into visiting different places, and moving down south somewhere to get away from new england.
In your opinion, what is it like to live in Virginia?
How is the weather? How cold do the winters get? Does it snow there? If so, how much?
Are there a lot of backups on the roads and highways? Here, one little accident can back up every route in the area, and it can take over an hour to get somewhere that normally would take 20 minutes. Does this happen there a lot?
How is the cost of housing?
I hear that VA has it's share of posinous spiders, such as the brown recluse. Is this true? If so, how common is it for a human to be bitten and injured by them?
How is the crime rate? Can you park your car and not have to worry about it being gone or broken into?(I know bad stuff happens everywhere, but I used to live in Phoenix, AZ and there you couldn't even own a car stereo unless you planned on having it stolen.)
How friendly are people? If I were to move there, I have no friends or family there, and would not know anyone. Would it be hard to make friends?
Just looking for some opinions.
blinded by hate

Louisville, KY

#8 Nov 13, 2006
SW Virginia has the lock on ignorance and poor customer service.
Country Girl

United States

#9 Nov 14, 2006
blinded by hate wrote:
SW Virginia has the lock on ignorance and poor customer service.
I think your name says a lot! Maybe they donít treat everyone like that. Maybe it is just you!
Danyelle

Canyon, TX

#10 Nov 14, 2006
I live in a small town in southwest va. Richlands it is a beautful place to live. If you like the laid back be home by 8:00 every night sorta thing. The people who have good paying jobs. Work hard every day. Most jobs are coalmining, gas well, rock quarry type things. Richlands has a drug problem. We are over ran with drugs. We prolly have a much worse drug problem the New York or some of your bigger citys. I was born an raised here. This is where i chose to raise my family. Yes there are alot of narrow minded folks but thats the way they were raised. You have to teach a person whats right and wrong and that starts with the children.
Mr Sadler

Rural Hall, NC

#11 Nov 14, 2006
Well Bumpass (a retarded naming of name supposed to be Bon Pass) and louisa suck ass since everything was set to revolve around the courthouse and Harkraders (Ward Harkrader knows all the real estate guys and gives them all the land they want) are ripping people off and making money (Louisa was unaturally formed exclusivey for the purposes of making people wealthy at the courthouse) And now North Anna Nuclear formed Lake Anna and cannot stop building nukes for their making of money. Lake
Anna is a super radioactive garbage hole that people come to build giant homes and have wealthy segregation from other people and the youths there into wakeboarding. Everybody there likes to lean back and have delusions of granduer & talks about winery and bullshit and how great louisa be but... ha not so. So this part of VA quite gross to see.
Everyone in that county all supports the war and hate all the Afganistans for nothing. Everybody in Bumpass is a drugged up whore and theres nepotism everywhere in mineral and louisa.
Mr Sadler

Rural Hall, NC

#12 Nov 14, 2006
Well Bumpass (a retarded naming of name supposed to be Bon Pass) and louisa suck ass since everything was set to revolve around the courthouse and Harkraders (Ward Harkrader knows all the real estate guys and gives them all the land they want) are ripping people off and making money (Louisa was unaturally formed exclusivey for the purposes of making people wealthy at the courthouse) And now North Anna Nuclear formed Lake Anna and cannot stop building nukes for their making of money. Lake Anna is a super radioactive garbage hole that people come to build giant homes and have wealthy segregation from other people and the youths there into wakeboarding. Everybody there likes to lean back and have delusions of granduer & talks about winery and bullshit and how great louisa be but... ha not so. So this part of VA quite gross to see.
Everyone in that county all supports the war and hate all the Afganistans for nothing. Everybody in Bumpass is a drugged up whore and theres nepotism everywhere in mineral and louisa.

The louisa board of supervisors has the worst choices.

And in Fluvanna you will find the same fake grossness; as they dug out a lake only 40 some years ago and named it Monticello and
no it hasnt been there a 100 years of have anything todo with Monticello !) and nows drawing all the wealthy to live there and has become overcrowded and smelly.
Mr Sadler

Rural Hall, NC

#13 Nov 14, 2006
Well Bumpass (a retarded naming of name supposed to be Bon Pass) and louisa suck ass since everything was set to revolve around the courthouse and Harkraders (Ward Harkrader knows all the real estate guys and gives them all the land they want) are ripping people off and making money (Louisa was unaturally formed exclusivey for the purposes of making people wealthy at the courthouse) And now North Anna Nuclear formed Lake Anna and cannot stop building nukes for their making of money. Lake Anna is a super radioactive garbage hole that people come to build giant homes and have wealthy segregation from other people and the youths there into wakeboarding. Everybody there likes to lean back and have delusions of granduer & talks about winery and bullshit and how great louisa be but... ha not so. So this part of VA quite gross to see.
Everyone in that county all supports the war and hate all the Afganistans for nothing. Everybody in Bumpass is a drugged up whore and theres nepotism everywhere in mineral and louisa.

The county name places "hot spots" which dont appear to be hot spots but since the new zoning from agricultural to residential (and people still farm but now residential and so then they have to pay taxes super high now) certainly raise the taxes for the rest of us up in the extreme of ridiculousness for smaller houses with land must pay taxes each year like they are millionares.

The louisa board of supervisors has the worst choices (zoning etc) known to the area.

And in Fluvanna you will find the same fake grossness; as they dug out a lake only 40 some years ago and named it Monticello and no it hasnt been there a 100 years of have anything todo with Monticello !) and nows drawing all the wealthy to live there and has become overcrowded and smelly.
qtpie

Bristol, VA

#14 Nov 15, 2006
Danyelle wrote:
I live in a small town in southwest va. Richlands it is a beautful place to live. If you like the laid back be home by 8:00 every night sorta thing. The people who have good paying jobs. Work hard every day. Most jobs are coalmining, gas well, rock quarry type things. Richlands has a drug problem. We are over ran with drugs. We prolly have a much worse drug problem the New York or some of your bigger citys. I was born an raised here. This is where i chose to raise my family. Yes there are alot of narrow minded folks but thats the way they were raised. You have to teach a person whats right and wrong and that starts with the children.
just wonted to let you know i have been to richlands and it is a pretty place
phil

San Antonio, TX

#15 Nov 19, 2006
blinded by hate wrote:
SW Virginia has the lock on ignorance and poor customer service.
Sad but true......
phil

San Antonio, TX

#16 Nov 19, 2006
DJP1978 wrote:
I am looking into visiting different places, and moving down south somewhere to get away from new england.
In your opinion, what is it like to live in Virginia?
How is the weather? How cold do the winters get? Does it snow there? If so, how much?
Are there a lot of backups on the roads and highways? Here, one little accident can back up every route in the area, and it can take over an hour to get somewhere that normally would take 20 minutes. Does this happen there a lot?
How is the cost of housing?
I hear that VA has it's share of posinous spiders, such as the brown recluse. Is this true? If so, how common is it for a human to be bitten and injured by them?
How is the crime rate? Can you park your car and not have to worry about it being gone or broken into?(I know bad stuff happens everywhere, but I used to live in Phoenix, AZ and there you couldn't even own a car stereo unless you planned on having it stolen.)
How friendly are people? If I were to move there, I have no friends or family there, and would not know anyone. Would it be hard to make friends?
Just looking for some opinions.
go to this link ....i love it here ...
http://www.danville-va.gov/home.asp
Chris Richardson

Gaithersburg, MD

#17 Nov 23, 2006
DJP1978 wrote:
I am looking into visiting different places, and moving down south somewhere to get away from new england.
In your opinion, what is it like to live in Virginia?
How is the weather? How cold do the winters get? Does it snow there? If so, how much?
Are there a lot of backups on the roads and highways? Here, one little accident can back up every route in the area, and it can take over an hour to get somewhere that normally would take 20 minutes. Does this happen there a lot?
How is the cost of housing?
I hear that VA has it's share of posinous spiders, such as the brown recluse. Is this true? If so, how common is it for a human to be bitten and injured by them?
How is the crime rate? Can you park your car and not have to worry about it being gone or broken into?(I know bad stuff happens everywhere, but I used to live in Phoenix, AZ and there you couldn't even own a car stereo unless you planned on having it stolen.)
How friendly are people? If I were to move there, I have no friends or family there, and would not know anyone. Would it be hard to make friends?
Just looking for some opinions.
If you are trying to get away from what is New England I would suggest moving to at least south of Fredericksburg. Virginia is a very well rounded state that offers a little bit of everything. The weather varies greatly depending on where you live. Demographics also vary greatly depending on your location. As does culture. I, myself, prefer the area of Charlottesville. Its got a small city feel but still has some of that refreshing southern charm and manners.

I live in northern Virginia and I would not recommend it unless you really like the northern city life type of feel. To me, its just too dirty, chaotic and trafficked. Give me the beach or a small city anyday.:)
va resident

Richmond, VA

#18 Nov 25, 2006
If you are a redneck and do not believe in pure justice. If you go to church and hear the word and do not know what you heard or why you are in Gods house, you will be right at home.
HRtransplant

United States

#19 Nov 25, 2006
va resident wrote:
If you are a redneck and do not believe in pure justice. If you go to church and hear the word and do not know what you heard or why you are in Gods house, you will be right at home.
Excuse me?
Virginian

United States

#21 Dec 6, 2006
I have lived in Northern VA all of my life. It is a congested shit hole and getting worse. Housing is outrageously over priced and there isn't much to do unless you're a cigar smoking Republican who likes to go to Georgetown. Everything is expensive and people EXPECT you to speak Spanish in most places so that you can accomodate their refusal to learn the English language. The people here are rude and obnoxious and although this area is said to be liberal I find it hard to belive from the rampant racism and general unpleasantness you feel in the air all around. Don't come to VA unless you have a ton of money and can afford to buy an estate in the country. You'll be sorry you did.

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