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Old 06-10-2009, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by helpwantout View Post
Thank you everyone for your wealth of information! This is wonderful. I will check into each area and the web sites you have given me and will keep you posted. You've given me more on-target info than I've been able to find during my web searches this past week. At least now I don't feel as overwhelmed.
I understand completely why you're not to keen on the idea of settling in a college town.

However, not all college towns are created equally. A couple that you might want to consider are Cookeville and Johnson City TN. Both are college towns, but the towns don't revolve around the colleges, and the colleges are most definitely NOT party schools.

Johnson City is nestled in the mountains and is a much cheaper alternative to Asheville NC. It's also the center of a metro area with 500,000 people (larger than Asheville's metro area) and with an unemployment rate that's lower than Asheville's. With 60,000 in the city, Johnson City is a small city but with the conveniences of a larger city.

Tennessee also has much lower state taxes than most other states (including NC).
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:01 PM
Location: Florida
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Thank you for the wonderful information. I will definitely check out Cookeville & Johnson City, TN. I've never lived in TN, but have heard only good things about it and moving someplace new sounds exciting.
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:29 AM
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I agree that Asheville is too trendy to be a viable option. Rents are too high and not enough jobs.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:30 AM
Location: Florida
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I can't find the post of the person who suggested I try "Find Your Spot", but I wanted to let you know that I took the quiz a few times, changing the area from "No Preferences" to Mid-States (?) to Atlantic Region. First, I got a lot of Alaska & Washington cities - places I don't want to move to. Then, I got some mid-west states and when I checked apts., I think there weren't any in my price range (I took the test yesterday and threw away info that didn't apply). When I chose Atlantic Region, I go NC, NJ, VA & MD. Even though I put my rental price range was around $500, a lot of the towns either had apts. starting in the $700's or they didn't have any apts. So, I'm still checking around, ugh!
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