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Old 10-16-2013, 10:40 PM
 
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She said they want OUT of the South.
There are some places in the South that could still work though; seems like they are simply looking for an area that's not as religiously conservative.

To the OP: I think you should look into Richmond. It's still the South, but not "Bible Belt" South and meets pretty much all your criteria.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Miss Jankins (Say nothing bad).
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There are some places in the South that could still work though; seems like they are simply looking for an area that's not as religiously conservative.

To the OP: I think you should look into Richmond. It's still the South, but not "Bible Belt" South and meets pretty much all your criteria.
An explanation for your answer is the difference b/tn your response and Gerry's.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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She said they want OUT of the South.
Atlanta isn't southern ...
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:47 AM
 
Location: sumter
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the d.c. metro area, the Hampton roads area of Virginia, you will never run out of thing to do in nyc area. Chicago is not east but its a great town especially for a young couple. best of luck
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:20 AM
 
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While it isn't huge, but is bigger than Knoxville, Rochester NY is a metro with over 1 million people. It is in a good location in terms of outdoor amenities and other cities and towns close by. It is still affordable and close enough to family. Its Downtown is coming along, but its Southeastern Quarter of the city has plenty of nightlife and is a nice area of the city. Jobs will depend on what you can do and it is 22nd out of the top 100 metro areas in educational attainment.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:37 AM
 
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Pittsburgh will remind you of Knoxville, scenery-wise, but there is a lot wider variety of neighborhoods and neighborhood commercial. Plus a lot of cultural institutions left over from wealthier days.

Even closer to home is Cincinnati and even (gasp) northern Kentucky. The building types are definitely northern but the biggest shock to me was sitting in a greasy spoon and overhearing the older working class guys talkiing liberal politics.

I heard this on the street in Pittsburgh as well. It was kind of a surprise to me, coming from Knoxville where politics is subdued and the apathy party is the clear winner in all the polls.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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Have you considered St. Louis? Still very close to where your relatives are but having spent some time in Nashville, it has a completely different feel. I'd say it feels a bit more like a Northeastern city dropped into the lower midwest. Very little bible thumping and probably one of the most liberal cities in the central US.

Chicago and Philly also seem like good matches for you.

As you can see from the soda language map, we are a bastion of coastal culture in the center of the country

http://i.imgur.com/OXcMckZ.png
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Atlanta isn't southern ...
ATL is a bubble of a city and it seems that according to some of you, some of the outer suburbs and much of the exurbs fit the mold of the stereotypical Bible Belt. The City of Atlanta and some of the Inside-The-Perimeter suburbs might have something for them.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I second the suggestion of Philadelphia, and would also like to add Chicago to the mix. Even though it's not the East Coast, it's still easy to get to from TN and offers the big city ideal that you're craving.

Good Luck!
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Juan's suggestion of St. Louis is also a good one. Although St. Louis City isn't huge, population wise, the greater metro area is home to almost 3 million.

It is *definitely* an affordable option, that's for sure!
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