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Unread 01-05-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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Default Knoxville, TN or Columbia, SC

My daughter has two job offers. One is in Knoxville, TN and the other is in Columbia, SC. The Columbia job pays about 4,000 more a year and she is leaning toward it.
I've been through Knoxville and Columbia and thought Knoxville was a beautiful city and thought Columbia looked average.
We've asked several people and heard really positive comments about Knoxville, except from a couple of Nashville friends that like to pick on Knoxville. The comments on Columbia have for the most part negative.
I'm pushing my daughter toward Knoxville even though it pays less because that city appears to be safer for a 27 year old single woman. My main concern is her safety. I've read about a jogger in Columbia that was beaten to death by a gang just recently in a nice area of the city and that scares me.
Has anyone lived in both places and can you compare the two? Which city is safer? Where can I look to find out about crime in both? What areas in both are the safest areas?
Any comments on the two are welcomed.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Try Google. I did a very quick search and came up with several sites.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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Would she rather vacation in the mountains or at the ocean? How does she feel about heat/humidity. How important is it to have occasional snow?
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Unread 01-05-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: West Knox
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Why "push" (your word) your daughter one way or the other?

Better to encourage her to check the Knoxville and Columbia forums, maybe even visit both to aid in her decision making.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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Thank you each for your information. Mountains or beach doesn't really matter, as we have lived a good bit of our life in Florida, but she was born in Colorado. She has had both and likes both. I'm mainly concerned about her safety which is why I am pushing her. She has stars in her eyes about money as these two offers are both within her major and the first solid offers she has had. Can anyone advise about crime and safety in Knoxville?
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Unread 01-05-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: at the foot of my mountain
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I would have to lean toward Knoxville, and not just because I live here, myself. I believe the topography is prettier, the region has a richer cultural history, and it is overall, simply a "nice place" to live. Best of luck to your daughter.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 07:16 AM
 
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Thank you tsimmu. This is the same information I am finding on most forums. Most people are suggesting Knoxville and say it is a lovely place. Columbia is receiving very negative remarks with many remarks concerning crime.
Do you have any additional information on crime in Knoxville?
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Unread 01-06-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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Thank you tsimmu. This is the same information I am finding on most forums. Most people are suggesting Knoxville and say it is a lovely place. Columbia is receiving very negative remarks with many remarks concerning crime.
Do you have any additional information on crime in Knoxville?
Crime stats are available here at city-data. Click on the City-Data.com logo on the top left of this page. From there, you can do a search for whatever city you want; they're listed by state.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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I've lived in Knoxville and been through Columbia. Given the choice I would pick Knoxville.

In Columbia you will have more sketchy areas and it can be very hot & humid. It is closer to Charlotte and Charleston. Knoxville is about 3-1/2 hours to Altanta, 90 minutes to Ashville, 2-1/2 hours Nashville.

As far as the $4000 difference in salary is concerned, Tennessee may still work better for her. Tennessee has no state income tax and no personal property tax (car tax). Tennessee does have a higher sales tax (7% cars, 7.75% food, 9.25% general), but if she's making decent money not having an income tax will trump that. South Carolina sales tax is about 6-7.75% IIRC. A few years ago voters approved an increase from 5% and the trade off was to exempt the first $100,000 in value on your home for real estate property taxes. I'm not sure of housing and rental pricing between the two areas. Also check insurance premium differences for health & auto.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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If the decisionf or her is coming donw to money alone, then make sure she does a true comparison. As said above, TN has no state income tax or car tax, but SC does. That could be a big difference between salary comparisons. Make sure to also do a cost of living comparison online between the cities. In general, the decision of where to go should be about the lifestyle she would have in the different cities, such as where she would be happier than if she would have slightly more money in one place. Have her compare which job she would like more and be willing to stay at longer. Compare what type of activities she likes to do and which city would offer that more. If she has a little more money to play with in one city, but there aren't the things she likes to do there then what good is that?
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