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Old 07-11-2007, 10:26 PM
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No, it's cheaper to live in Atlanta than Texas also.

I was lied to by my relo people and recruiter.

Now that we're in Austin, things are much more expensive despite no state taxes (especially on our paychecks).

More expensive:
Housing
Utilities
Insurance
Healthcare
Gasoline (L'ville was crazy cheap for the longest time)
Airfare
Food (RuSan's Sushi is awesome and cheap and I can't find anyplace here like Ru's)

And you don't have to drive 3 hours to see pro baseball, football, hockey, basketball, SEC championships, the Olympics, All Star games, AFL, WCHL (hockey), pro women's soccer (gone now but it was nice while it lasted), and have access to a very inexpensive and accessible airport.

Besides rural America, ATL's cost of living is cheap for a big city.
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I factor in the drive required to get to Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio to see sporting events.

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Old 07-12-2007, 08:36 AM
 
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Ugh. ATX. The "I'm so quirky look at me! Look how weird I am! LOOK AT ME NOW" city. What an overrated place. You know what, I think people there are snobby as well, just not as snobby as they are here in Atlanta.

Personally, I find most of the people in my age group (mid-later 20s) to be some of the most cliquey, stuck up kids I've ever met, and I'm talking about the ones FROM Atlanta. I've never met young people who feel so ENTITLED to things (monetary, material) in my life. I'm from Florida, NOT South (Boca, Palm Beach), but I think we were more laid back and not as materialistic. I prefer hanging around at the beach all day to shopping at Phipps Plaza and then waiting to wear what I purchased that night to Virginia Highlands or whatever bars are left in Buckhead.

However, I think the older generations are pretty nice.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:43 AM
 
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Default On the cheap in Atlanta

I lived 18 years , 2 hours from Atlanta. Also , 2 hours from Greenville, SC, and 3 hrs from Knoxville,Tn. All three considered " big cities", if you live in the south.
The point here that needs to be made, is , Atlanta needs to be compared against other geographical similar places. What is " expensive" to some , may be " cheap" to others. You can not compare Atlanta to NYC , for example.
In this comparison Charlotte should also be included. I seldom went there , because of the traffic problems , and the fact there was no direct route for me.
I knew lots of people in all these SE US places. Atlanta was the most expensive when it came to food, housing, taxes, utilities, as compared to all the other places above. This observation is the result of personal buying habits, friends remarks who lived in these areas,and watching the media reports, on TV , and in newspapers. I would put most of the people , including myself in the upper middle class sector. Almost everyone I knew in Atlanta, had to make more money , in order to maintain the lifestyle, than those who lived in Greenville , or Knoxville , for example.
I recall , one person , who moved to the Atlanta area, some time ago. As the urban sprawl took over their neighborhood ( far out suburb at the time) , they could no longer afford to live there. I do not think this problem exist to the same degree, in the other southern cities, and the joining areas.
If I had it to do over again , I guess I would have picked Knoxville , Tn. as a place that gave the most bang for the buck. But , If , I was looking for a "shopping week-end", Atlanta every time. Maybe its like, the more to do , the more to spend syndrome. Its hard to give exact comparisons, between any of the places , anywhere , due to lifestyle choices. We are all different in our wants and needs. You can live almost anywhere on the cheap, if you really try............
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:25 AM
 
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The suburbs are also a nice place to live and raze a family.
Stay away from my family!
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Old 07-12-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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Stay away from my family!
And , what do you mean by that statement ?
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Old 07-12-2007, 02:44 PM
 
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And , what do you mean by that statement ?
You said "raze" a family instead of "raise". Thought it was funny... no harm, though.
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:05 AM
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My wife lived in Knoxville for 1.5 years and wanted to kill herself there, she was bored and hated the people.

To each their own and it all depends on what you're looking for.

Agreed that snobs are everywhere.
Like LA, ATL suffers from ultra-materialism.
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:50 AM
 
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I love Atlanta, but I'm considering a move elsewhere. I'm ready for a more reasonable way of life. I'd like to buy a house and unless I commute an hour plus a day, that may not happen. There are always exceptions though. The crime is bad here, lots of home invasions. If you have a trade, nurse, legal secretary, paralegal, etc. the pay is very good but be sure you negotiate for what you want. Housing is outrageous but reasonable can be found. I live "inside the perimeter," you'll hear that question asked alot "do you live inside or outside the perimeter?" I pay $850 for a duplex in Buckhead/Midtown area and it's a very nice area. I don't and won't commute. I did it for awhile and was absolutely miserable. The Buckhead area used to be the place to party but is now undergoing an overhaul......a certain element came in and ruined it for the shop/restaurant owners and party goers. It is now going to be Atlanta's version of Rodeo Drive, shops, bars, condos, restaurants, etc. For a safe place to rent I suggest the Brookhaven area. Atlanta is becoming more of a walking environment which is great. We have great parks, nightlife, museums, and you must go to Northside Tavern. A hole in the wall place for great blues with a complete mix of people. You'll find college students there along with people in their 30's to their 80's. Virginia Highlands (expensive to live) but great bars, shops, restaurants, and a good blues club. Winter is great here. You actually do have a change of seasons (I'm from Indiana originally). I could say alot more but my child wants me to watch a movie with him. I hope this helps. Anyone have any comments about Louisville, KY?? I'd like to hear them.
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:01 AM
 
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My wife lived in Knoxville for 1.5 years and wanted to kill herself there, she was bored and hated the people.

To each their own and it all depends on what you're looking for.

Agreed that snobs are everywhere.
Like LA, ATL suffers from ultra-materialism.
Somewhat depends on where she was from before she moved to Knoxville.
Knoxville is , a southern city. More progressive in many ways than most , but still............, I would pick it over Nashville, or Memphis any day. That might not be a good statement, cause , TN. is so wide. Big difference.
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