Got plenty of experience here....email me if you want more details.
Moved from Baton Rouge to Newport News three years ago. Lasted 6 months there. Hated it. It is ghetto white trash to say the least. Don't live on the soutside (va beach or norfolk) if you work in hampton as the tunnels are hell. Don't live in Norfolk unless you want to get mugged.
I now live in Reston. Moved here two and a half years ago and we love it here (except housing of course). Southern Va is nothing like Northern VA in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM.
In full disclosure, NOVA/DC was our first choice to move to from Baton Rouge so I may have had a little bit of a negative mindset going in. However, I don't think that I'm very far off at all with my comments.
The only thing I can say is that if you HAVE to move down that way, definitely, 125% move to Williamsburg and commute in. In no way would I dare live in Hampton, Newport News, VA Beach or Norfolk. FWIW we lived in Carrollton and I commuted in via James River Bridge everyday. Not a bad commute at all, but there's nothing at all over there although it's clean and not ghetto! I would actually think about moving back to Williamsburg one day when we start to retire (in about 30 years!) Very nice and full of rich folks!
Also, make damn sure you protect yourself financially (ie don't rush into buying a house). I'm sure you've heard the news, but that area is taking a beating with the economy and the military re-alignment. I think the area has lost 2 navy ships in the last three years? The port has seen an increase, but that area is projected to be declining significantly in terms of jobs and the economy.
What company are you interviewing with BTW?
This post was edited on 11/30 at 8:39 am