Need advice on relocating to USVI
I'm looking for a fresh start. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Which of the islands would I be able to find a cheap (yet clean and furnished) apartment? Also, how hard is it to find a job on St. John? As a 30 yr. old single female, how much would I have to worry about my safety? I'm leaning towards St. John, but how much money should I have to fly over on a whim, find a decent place to live, find a job and still have money for food? How much are utilities really?
Go to the top of this page and read through everything on the pull-down bars from "Home" to "Message Board" where you'll find a ton of information to start off with. After that, there are several ongoing threads on this page alone which will fill in any gaps and even more information on other threads which you can find by using the search engine. Don't, "fly over on a whim". Once you've read up on everything, and if you still think you'd like to move here, spend some money on making a pre-move visit to see if the reality fits. Good luck!
I would suggest that you do the PMV after July. We might have a handle on the cost of electric and what gasoline prices will be like then. Right now we pay over $0.45 per kWh for electric. In the states, it is averaging around $0.10 per kWe. This is going up since the refinery is closing where the utility got fuel oil at a discount. They also provided gasoline to the islands which also will go up. Since the refinery was on STX they pay maybe $0.50 above the national average, where-as on STT it is $1.00 more. Once the refinery stops providing in June the price of gasoline will go up and will be about the same on all the islands. With both gas and electric on the rise - so will the cost of everything else. Sorry for the not so good news, but the scenery, waters and sun are still great.
Sorry if this sounds "blunt" but your post is a perfect example of someone "doing research" by asking other people to do the research for you. The information you seek and answers to all your questions and many you haven't even thought of yet are already on this forum. Do as Old Tart suggests - READ EVERYTHING on this forum using the drop down links on the top of this page, cull through the thousands upon thousands of threads on the forum. EVERYTHING has been discussed at length time and time again. After that, read The Settler's Handbook (you can buy it on this website).
Once you do the basic research return here to ask specific questions.
Not many single 30 year old girls on St John. I'll meet you at the ferry with painkiller (drink) and the line to meet you forms behind me.
Laura: Re: Franklin's proposal...remember that the odds are good but the goods are odd.:D
Quite true East Ender.