I am finishing up schooling for my BS and am going to Physician Assistant school here in the USA. My wife and I have been looking into the Virgin Islands as a possible relocation. PA's are working in numerous countries throughout the world but the lifestyle the Virgin Islands would provide would be suitable to our kind of living.
Our move, if an employment opportunity were to arise would be at soonest 3 years out but I like to research and get as much information possible. I dont think it hurts to have too much information.
I would be moving my wife and our two young children, currently 3 years old and 10 weeks. Of course there have been many threads I have read concerned with crime, and we feel there is crime everywhere and as long as you are smart about it, you should be fine.
What we are wondering is for your guys opinions on certain things such as schooling, healthcare, taxes, etc.... Basically just what you think needs work, what is a great draw (HELLO NATURE, we are already sold) and what are some negatives.
I am a small town person who is pretty laid back and like the slower life. The hustle and bustle of city life never appealed to me. Hopefully, we can have plenty of future discussions and not end up like the people here coming just to tell you your islands are not safe, lol.
Happy Memorial day and look forward to hearing from all of you!!
The Ryan Family
Schooling may be your biggest concern if you are looking 3 years out - Try using the search function and reading many of the previous posts discussing the situation here on each island.
If you are working in the medical field healthcare expense may be covered by your employer.
Taxes are the same as anywhere in the US on your income on the federal side, no local income tax, no sales tax added, fairly reasonable property tax in most cases and there are some excise taxes charged on shipped items.
You need to research the public, private, and parochial schools on all islands. Order info from each so you can compare. That project will keep you busy for a while.
By the time you learn about the school options, you can then narrow down areas to live, hopefully with an easy commute to work and schools.
You already know tax rates. Not all eemployers here offer health benefits, so find out early on in the application process. No Obamacare here.