moving to the USVI, which island is safest/friendliest island to live on?
My mother and I (I am 20 she is late 40s) are wanting to move to the USVI for 6 months or so and planning on getting restaurant jobs. We are moving for a lifestyle change, coming from North Texas, and we are needing advice for which island to live on. STT, STJ, or STX?
Island pros and cons would be much appreciated 🙂
If you haven't already done so, look top of this page and you'll see a line of pull-down menus starting on the left with, "The USVI" and ending on the right with, "Forum", If you read every word in all the categories you'll have a pretty good understanding of what you can expect of each island and how to prepare for such a stay. There is also a thread currently running on STX vs STT which will give you an idea of the differences between the two big islands. Good luck with your research!
okay, then which of the 3 islands are best to live on, non biased opinion.
community wise, financially, exploring etc
There is no "best" so there is no "one size fits all" response. If you do the research suggested you'll have a much clearer picture and be able to make an informed decision.
STJ gets its share of burglaries and assaults. While the murder rate is lower, it is not without crime.
Much of the crime we experience on STX/STX is, unfortunately, gang related.
Wander speaks from the perspective of a visitor who stayed on STX for a month last year and 3 weeks on STJ, recently.
Neither island seemed to suit him as is apparent from his derogatory comments about both islands. Luckily, he's decided the the USVI is not for him.
STJ is by far the safest.
Here are the homicide stats for 2013:
The burglary/assault stats are probably along the same lines.
With respect to the "friendliness", as the other aspect for island comparison inquired by the original poster, there is, interestingly enough, positive correlation to crime.
Here is the average number of times that you'll hear "Good afternoon" during a given day on the 3 islands:
From here, a statistically inquisitive person might conclude that getting greeted with "Good afternoon" is a warning sign to take cover. Fortunately, the "correlation does not imply causation" idiom comes to rescue.
All of the Islands are friendly and most locals greet you with good morning and good afternoon. So friendly is all in perception. Now as far as safe goes, neither are any safer than the other except for St. John, but jobs aren't readily available on St. John and it's also quite a bit more to live there than the other two Islands. Yes, there is crime just like any place else, it just more magnified on an Island since the population is more condensed.
But with that said, there are always places that you should not go alone or after dark on any Island. This you will figure out once you get on Island. As far as jobs go, I think you would find a job a tad easier on St. Thomas especially in the food service industry since St. Thomas caters more to tourism than St. Croix. But you have to also understand that most transplants coming to the Islands are looking for jobs in food service.
I think it's wonderful that you and your mother are looking for an adventure together and would love either Island, just remember, St. Croix is more laid back lifestyle, St. Thomas is more touristy and a bit more of the nightlife.
Book your tickets, pack your bags, kiss grandma, kick the dog and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime.