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Living in a bubble
There are many nice attributes: a number of individually owned and really good (but pricey) restaurants; cultural offerings; good shopping; close proximity (20 miles) to all that Newport News offers, and only 1.5 hrs to Charlottesville.But there are very few major employers in town. So, if you aren't retired, your employment opportunities are very limited, and Richmond is a long commute (although people do it). Nice surrounding countryside, although sprawl is rapidly occurring. I-64 suffers accidents and back-ups regularly. There is very little diversity in this area, which makes it feel very, very southern. The population is generally well-educated and somewhat moneyed. We have found it to be a rather unfriendly, cold, and gossipy place, and the sense is that unless you have resided here for 20+ years, you are viewed suspiciously. If you want to test out the place, stop in the local Trader Joe's. While their employees are wonderful, the shoppers give you a true sense of personalities around here (unfriendly and self-involved), and people here beat the hell out of your car in public parking lots and take off. Housing is not cheap, and the low crime rate is great, but I'd prefer to take my chances and live in a higher crime area outside of the bubble with a more diverse, friendly population not carrying around with them such a sense of entitlement.
Dec 11, 2016
Great City but it will Cost you!
I have lived in Williamsburg since I was a small child and have liked it for the most part. There is plenty for the kids to do--multiple county playgrounds, bounce house, Busch Gardens, Water Country, and of course Colonial Williamsburg. There are so many restaurants you could probably go to one every night for 2 or 3 months and not repeat any! The sense of community is nice--lots of stay at home Mom's and retirees who help to keep our area safe and keep everyone in the know of things...every.tiny.little.thing.
There are definitely many pluses to Williamsburg but please make sure you are willing to pay a little(and sometimes a lot) extra for these things. The theme parks around here comes at a hefty price, housing is quite expensive with the HOA's being very strict. The shopping is mediocre at best, we do have the premium outlets with stores that you can find at just about every "city" you visit. The nightlife is almost non-existent..there are a few bars in Colonial Williamsburg but they are usually crawling with students from the local college.
The jist of this is that Williamsburg is a great place if you have a family or if you are a retiree who has the money to throw about for extra this and extra that, but couples or families making a median-to-low salary should probably steer clear or you will end up being stuck in a lovely town with no money to enjoy in it. Another thing I should mention is that Williamsburg is very difficult for teens and they tend to be mischievous since there is not much of a "teen scene." I know this personally from growing up here as a teen.
Be sure to vacation this lovely town first!
Nov 27, 2015
Source: The Williamsburg, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).