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Old 03-02-2011, 09:09 PM
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I'm a 36 year old single female who has been planning on moving to Nashville but possibly deciding to go to Charleston.

I've been in Wilmington for the last few months and loved the historical (although my style is mid-century modern), southern feel with the moss all over : ) I loved walking around and hanging out downtown but the college kids were a bit tiring.

I just don't want to live in Wilmington because of the job market and it's a bit too close to my family...Although, the reason I am coming back to this side of the country is to being nearer them (Charlotte, Spartanburg and Wilmington).

Have been living in Phoenix for a couple years and Seattle for quite a few years, previously. Toooo hot in AZ, too rainy in Seattle, both too far. Seattle was by and far better of the two. Grew up in MI so I do love water. I've been wanting to end up in Nashville, though, for no reason in particular. I just thought it would have alot to offer. What I enjoy doing:

Live music-all kinds: country, techno, hip-hop etc.
Art shows
Dining out, at all different levels
Outdoor markets

I really want to find a city to settle down in but like I said, I am single so that is an important factor. I don't have problems meeting people, I just want there to be things to do.

Right now I am self-employed and will continue to do that but also look for an administrative position or at a bar or something.

Can't pay a ton for rent ($600-) but don't need a whole lot, either. Would like a one bedroom downtown.

Any help is much appreciated!!! Thank you, in advance!!
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:00 PM
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Both cities are great! I love the history in Charleston; nonetheless, Nashville has amazing history as well. I love the Hermitage, they have great exhibits. The Frist Center is great as well. Nashville seems less pretentious to me, I have never lived in Charleston though. Nashville has a thriving medical community, and the people I knew when I lived there were well educated, down to earth, and charming.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:27 AM
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I grew up near Nashville and have friends in Charleston. I really didn't care that much for Charleston because to me it seemed like it was similar to a lot of Southern coastal cities: full of old retirees from up North. Thus a lot of the local character was sort of weird. That and the summers in Charleston are HOT and Humid.

Nashville- despite its reputation as the music capital is actually quite small. The downtown area is small enough where you could literally walk through it in about 30 minutes. Its definitely got a much newer feel to it as a lot of revitalization has taken place over the last 10 years or so. There's a new hockey arena, new symphony hall, new country music hall of fame, new art museum, and a number of other things. Its definitely border-lining into becoming yet another Southern "boom town" in that there are a lot of newcomers moving in from all over. Thus the demographic is rapidly changing.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:17 PM
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Knoxville has most of what you are looking for and it is literally in-between, both geographically and size wize. So it might be worth considering if you can't make up your mind.

What about Savannah? with the SCAD it might have the culture you seek.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:01 PM
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w/out a doubt, i would choose charleston. what a wonderful place. style, cosmopolitan, great food, seafood, fish, wonderful social scene, wealth, water, beautiful architecture, different from the average cities, great institutions, spoletta festival, a real sense of the arts, wonderful classical performers and singers. so much more. the only thing that i don't like is the weather. it is always so warm, but it is certainly a beautiful city, w/ charm that cannot be matched by nashville-davidson county.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:15 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Have you decided which Charleston you are thinking about? Charleston, West Virginia is a very nice city, in its own way. I think I'd rather live there than Charleston, South Carolina.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Location: WV
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I live 15 min. from Charleston, West Virginia. Very boring. If your single good luck finding someone thats not on pills!!!!
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:19 AM
Location: West Paris
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Probably Nashville for jobs,Charleston for vacation
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:51 AM
Location: Mount Juliet, TN
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Coming from a single 50 year old woman who lives in Lebanon, TN, you should move to Bellevue or Franklin. Franklin is a little pricey, but more upscale place to walk around. I'm considering Charleston only because my daughter and grandson live here. From my research, Charleston has a 1-1/2 higher cost of living than Nashville. No doubt! Jobs don't seem to pay more and I already see taxes triple from what I'm paying. It gets cold in the winter, but the summers are perfect!
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:49 AM
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You might also consider not skipping out of NC altogether. Have you checked out the Raleigh-Durham metro area? It has a fairly healthy job market comparatively speaking and all of the criteria you're looking for, including a lower cost of living. Durham in particular I think would be a good fit for you.

Durham, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Durham Stampede
Brightleaf Square :: Fine Dining and Shopping in Downtown Durham
America's Foodiest Small Town: In the Magazine : bonappetit.com
Durham Arts Council
American Dance Festival
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