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What are the best places to live in Northern Virginia? What should we expect to pay for housing?

There are lots of jobs all over northern virgina for surgical first assistants. My husband just graduated school and is looking to move us there. We live in Boise Idaho now and I am terrified of moving there. Is is a nice area? Can you live okay on 70,000 a year? We have 2 young children and I want to raise them in a safe place. We really need some help on this one. What kind of housing would we be looking at. Most of the jobs are in fairfax, falls church, and woodbridge.

Asked By: shan - 9/13/2008
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Northern Virginia is a nice area with some great communities and wonderful school systems. Newcomers to the area say that the people are not as friendly (you don't get a lot of "Hi's" from strangers on the street) and people in general are always stressed out and in a hurry. However, that's not to say you can't find... More
Answered By: cryst@l99 - 9/17/2008
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I hate to say this, but there are no good places to live in northern Virginia. The people are snotty and pretentious. I'd almost rather live in New York. A place a little further southwest like Staunton would be okay... More
Answered By: james h - 9/13/2008
 
The three areas you mentioned are VERY expensive. The climate is extremely hot and humid. D.C. itself has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Try Norfolk or Chesapeake VA. They have some excellent hospitals there. Same weather but much more reasonable in cost. You could live very well on $70,000... More
Answered By: Claire de Lune - 9/14/2008
 
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