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Old 01-03-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE (via SW Virginia)
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I grew up in the Bristol VA/TN area. Assuming you don't leave Appalachia...VA/TN/NC are very similar with exception to Asheville which all my friends call Hippy-Hell. If I may, I would suggest living in the Tri-Cities area, Knoxville, or Lynchburg. These areas are all very southern, very conservative, and very religious.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:10 PM
 
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CNCR - Knoxville is hardly hippie free, it just seems that way after Asheville. Admittedly hipsters way outnumber hippies . There are plenty of smaller towns for the OP to choose from. I'd just recommend he stay out of Johnson City, Knoxville and Chattanooga except for occasional shopping and medical specialsists.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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CNCR - Knoxville is hardly hippie free, it just seems that way after Asheville. Admittedly hipsters way outnumber hippies . There are plenty of smaller towns for the OP to choose from. I'd just recommend he stay out of Johnson City, Knoxville and Chattanooga except for occasional shopping and medical specialsists.
haha yea, thats what i meant. It's not as hippie as Asheville.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Large parts of any of those states should be fine for you. You should probably stay away from Northern Virginia which is more expensive, more urban, and more liberal. As others have mentioned Asheville is very liberal and has a lot of hippie type folks.

As the cities you consider get larger there will be more facilities such as hospitals, etc, but they will probably also get more liberal. Depending on the size place you want and whether you prefer mountains or closer to the coast, I think spots like Lynchburg, Roanoke, Greensboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Greenville, or Columbia would merit consideration...and tons of smaller cities as well.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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I am really interested in Eastern Tennessee but I am also considering North Carolina and Virginia as well. I am a very strong Christian I'm old school on that, My wife and I are Penticostal and we are very Socially conservative we do not drink either gave up on that years ago I do like to fish and love the outdoors we are looking for a town that is Socially Conservative with access to good hospitals,churches and good fishing I am open to all ideas I am retired but would like to work a part time job. Of those 3 states I mention where would be the most affordable state to live and where would I get the most for my dollar?
There are differences between and within the states mentioned. TN has low taxes. NC taxes are high. Western NC and Eastern TN are more alike than dissimilar. Don't rule out KY or West Virginia. Or for that matter, Mississippi, or Arkansas. TN has more lakes than you would be able to visit. Suggest you search the internet, or take a trip to your local Barnes & Noble or library and check out books on the best places to retire. That's what I did and it worked out for me.

Good Luck
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: MD suburbs of DC
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Pentecostal and socially conservative? Most places in the three states would be great. NoVA is pretty liberal and more urbanized, though, so you might not agree with that region. The Triangle in NC is like a weaker version of NoVA, but I wouldn't rule out that place.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE (via SW Virginia)
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I agree with DavidJ.....If you're in Virginia, NC, or East Tennessee you will be pretty comfortable as a pentecostal, socially conservative person but stay away from NOVA, The Triad, and maybe Hampton Roads a bit too.

You would like West Virginia and Eastern KY as well.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:19 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I personally find SW Virginia and western North Carolina to be nicer than East Tennessee.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:37 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I personally find SW Virginia and western North Carolina to be nicer than East Tennessee.
How so? I don't find them to be that much different, except Asheville of course.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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There are differences between and within the states mentioned. TN has low taxes. NC taxes are high. Western NC and Eastern TN are more alike than dissimilar. Don't rule out KY or West Virginia. Or for that matter, Mississippi, or Arkansas. TN has more lakes than you would be able to visit. Suggest you search the internet, or take a trip to your local Barnes & Noble or library and check out books on the best places to retire. That's what I did and it worked out for me.

Good Luck

If taxes are considered low in Tennessee. Then why is the sales tax the highest in the USA. Is sales tax not included in peoples budget and COL in that state? Or don't they buy much of anything for it to matter. I'm guessing the high sales tax bothers many people, on fixed incomes in Tenn. So for them Tenn is probably not a low tax state.
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