Moving to the South...

  • Rush_

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    Mar 06, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So here's the deal: I have been looking at making a big move for a while now...and I have roots down south. Now there ain't no way I would go to Arkansas, but the rest is rather open.

    I've been looking at Texas (Dallas, San Antonio and Austin), the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee (Knoxville or Nashville) and Georgia (Atlanta). I haven't been back that way but from everything I gather, cost of living is cheaper, jobs are on the rise in several cities and I guess it would be nice to be somewhere different.

    I was wondering if anyone who lives round those parts, or moved from them would have any advice, thoughts or be willing to chat/answer some questions I might have as I start looking at this seriously.

    Thanks y'all!
  • SuntoryTime

    Posts: 656

    Mar 06, 2014 12:52 AM GMT
    Rush_ saidHey guys,

    So here's the deal: I have been looking at making a big move for a while now...and I have roots down south. Now there ain't no way I would go to Arkansas, but the rest is rather open.

    I've been looking at Texas (Dallas, San Antonio and Austin), the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee (Knoxville or Nashville) and Georgia (Atlanta). I haven't been back that way but from everything I gather, cost of living is cheaper, jobs are on the rise in several cities and I guess it would be nice to be somewhere different.

    I was wondering if anyone who lives round those parts, or moved from them would have any advice, thoughts or be willing to chat/answer some questions I might have as I start looking at this seriously.

    Thanks y'all!


    My recommendations:

    Arlington or Alexandria, Virginia / Houston or Austin, TX (Dallas and San Antonio really aren't all that.)
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    Mar 06, 2014 3:04 AM GMT
    What's your current field of work? Austin has a booming tech sector. If you have a finance background, Houston might be a good choice.
  • Rush_

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    Mar 06, 2014 4:35 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat's your current field of work? Austin has a booming tech sector. If you have a finance background, Houston might be a good choice.


    Finance currently, but nothing that actually requires a degree I guess.

    I deal with retirement plans, Roth and internal training/education for a Fortune 500 company
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    Mar 06, 2014 1:55 PM GMT
    I live in Charlotte, NC which has tons of finance jobs.
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 06, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    Charlotte is nice. My son lives there and when I visit, I've been impressed. Good, young city with great parks that are dog friendly. Atlanta seems kind of spent. Too car oriented and no fun trying to get around, though lots of good restaurants. Austin is great. I like living here at the beach but this area in the panhandle is just too conservative politically. Keeps my blood pressure up.
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    Mar 06, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    If you're sticking to the bigger cities, I'd say Atlanta or Nashville (Tennessee is gorgeous, as is Kentucky). NOLA is a lot of fun as well but the city has its problems. Oh and you can't beat driving through the mountains in NC but the people can be downright backwards.

    I grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and after 23 years, I had to get above the Mason-Dixon line. I do miss the weather though.
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    Mar 06, 2014 6:15 PM GMT
    Finance: Dallas, Atlanta