How is Virginia newport news?
So, as you can see opinions here are all over the place.
I live in Williamsburg so maybe I'm biased.
Newport News is okay.
It really is a city in name only, even though it has a neighborhood called 'City Center' (brand new, a rather soulless mega-tract of new-ish pedestrian malls and apartments) and it has another section called 'downtown' (which is decrepit and empty.) Mostly, it is a series of suburban neighborhoods strung together, interspersed with somewhat denser parts and some undeveloped (or abandoned) areas.
Traffic sucks because the place is shaped like a pencil, with only one interstate highway and two major boulevards to get from one end to the other.
That said, there are little microcosms that, given enough searching, almost anybody could find a comfortable spot to make a home. Grand Victorian mansions facing the James River for dirt cheap ready for handyman projects? Check. Trendy new shops and eateries? Check. Apartments with easy access to groceries and the fitness center? Check. Is there a 'Main Street?' A shopping mall? Huge public park with camping and nature trails? Trailer parks and fast food? Airport? Check.
The problem is, none of these are located anywhere close to each other. You will NEED your car. Public transport is non-existent.
60K is plenty. You can live very nicely for that figure. Gas and housing are cheap in NN. Crime is moderate. Schools are hit-and-miss. Plenty to see and do nearby, including beach and amusement parks, as well as museums. Everybody's favorite weekend pastime, however, is get out of town.
Come on down. make yourself comfortable. NN is rather transient, so you probably won't see yourself retiring here, most folks leave after three years, or ten. But you probably won't regret it and might have some good memories in the meantime.