If you’re planning on moving to the Richmond, VA area, then you’ll soon be relocating to one of the most unique regions in the U.S. This area is steeped in history and tradition and the way of life here is an interesting mix of East Coast infrastructure as well as Midwestern and Southern culture. There truly is no other place in the country that offers such a unique landscape to live in. Here are a few things you should know before calling the Richmond area home.
This is perhaps one of the most geographically unique areas in the country. That’s because there are so many heavily populated, highy visited areas within close proximity to Richmond. You may hear some locals call this part of the country the DMV, which stands for D.C.-Maryland-Virginia. The nation’s capital is a straight shot up I-95 and Baltimore is just a few miles northeast of D.C. Before moving, familiarize yourself with a map of the area you are moving to and an overall map of the nearby roadways that you will use to transport your belongings. Doing so will save you a lot of time on Virginia roadways.
Traffic tends to be heavier in the northern part of the state where there is a lot of commuters traveling to and from the capital. Still, the traffic in the Richmond area can take some getting used to, especially if you’re from one of the major Midwestern cities, which tend to have lower population densities and more highways. Coordinate with your moving company and try and schedule as much of your driving time between 2pm and 4pm as possible, this tends to be the biggest lull in daily traffic.
If you have kids or are looking to continue your own education, there are few better places to move to than the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia is consistently rated in the top ten on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress and students here regularly outperform average metrics in all educational categories. No matter what neighborhood you are relocating to, you will be in relatively close proximity to excellent public and private K-12 school systems. As far as colleges go, the University of Richmond, University of Virginia, James Madison University, Howard University and Johns Hopkins University are some of the very best schools in the country and are all located in or close to the Richmond area.
Virginia is a hub of U.S. military activity, so you will likely encounter a lot of military personnel and military facilities in your time here. If you’re a history buff, visit the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee. There are also very many government employees that live in and around the area because of the abundance of government jobs and close proximity to Washington D.C. Since there is an abundance of government activity in the area, if you’re relocating to work for the government or as part of the military, there are many moving companies that specialize in assisting people with your needs, including My Guys Moving & Storage.
The Richmond area and the rest of Virginia are truly wonderful places to live and work. We are confident that after moving here, you will come to love this town and state as much as we do.