Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein
Virginia, you say? Yes, Virginia to the ones who are looking for a new location but aren’t sure where to go. Or maybe you’re in Virginia, but your best friend lives in Connecticut. Better yet, your parents have retired and you could use some babysitters, or family, close by. Whoever you are, if any of these apply to you or someone you know then it’s time to call the moving trucks because Virginia has all the right stuff.
- You will be near and be a part of great schools
Rest assured that good schools abound. Virginia is ranked as having k-12 schools #7 in the nation. For higher education, Virginia has 3 of the top 40 public colleges and universities in the nation: University of Virginia (#2), the College of William and Mary (#6) and Virginia Tech (#27).
- You will enjoy all four seasons
Winters are cold, sure. But the snow is pretty and it’s rarely too much – this isn’t Boston after all. Summers are hot – that’s why Virginia has so many amazing lakes, beaches and rivers. However, in Virginia, Spring and Fall are the flagship seasons.
- You will be in the heart of it all
Virginia is within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population. So, “but I’ll never see my old friends” is simply not an excuse!
- You will have the luxury of both beaches and mountains
Regardless of where you live in Virginia, you will have access to some of the most majestic mountain views and outdoor exercise options because the two major chains that run through the state are the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. There are too many iconic mountain sites to list but a few worthy destinations include: Shenandoah National Park, Mount Rogers and McAfee Knob. Same goes for beaches and all are within a half-day’s drive no matter where you live in the state: Virginia Beach, Sandbridge and Assateague Island National Seashore. For those with a competitive streak, Virginia boasts about their abundance of outdoor races of every kind; there will be no shortage of people to get out and train with.
- You will be in luck if you consider shopping a valid form of exercise
High-fashion shopping or just a day out antiquing, Virginia has some of the best finds on the East Coast. Shopping here is more than just walking around and looking in windows, it’s an experience to savor.
- You will enjoy wine, cheese and every other culinary preference
While the West Coast brags about their vineyards, Virginia has more than 200. Pair with hundreds of locally-made cheeses available at farmer’s markets and specialty shops and your only issue will be having trouble picking your favorite. If you consider yourself a food snob, you will have no problem finding fine-dining or down-home country cooking. Virginia is not shy about competing with the likes of New York and San Francisco. Challenge accepted!
- You will have the options to live a city life or get off the grid
If you love the fast pace of a big city you can have it with the choice of sizable cities. One of the nation’s top job growth areas is Northern Virginia however, if a quieter pace is more your speed, take your pick of the various smaller towns where life runs a bit slower but is just as rich.
No matter who you are or what you love to do, Virginia has a niche where you belong. The state has a reputation for a well-educated population and a strong job market. Whether you’re drawn to the beautiful scenery, the rich history or robust economy, you’ll find a lot to love.
** Virginia not your perfect fit? Not to worry; we have great opportunities in multiple states. See for yourself!**