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View Poll Results: Safest town..Athens,Valdosta or Hahira?
Athens? 4 44.44%
Valdosta? 2 22.22%
Hahira? 3 33.33%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 9. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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My husband, our basset hound and I are wanting to move from freezing (but beautiful) western Pennsylvania. We are going to be visiting these three areas in a month and wondered which place is better for a middle aged couple who are retired, we like the arts and fun things to do. We do not like big city living. What is the weather like? Crime? Friendly people? Are there any areas in these three towns to stay away from that have high crime? Confused, please help!
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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There is little difference between Hahira and Valdosta...the former is really just part of the latter's metro area.
Atlhough Valdosta can hold pleasant surprises for a newcomer, I would choose Athens. It's charming and urbane, and with the presence of UGA there is a good share of culture. And if you want some big city life once in a while, Atlanta is only one hour away.
You will find marginal neighborhoods in any small city. I wouldn't too much about crime in any of these cities, however.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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plenty of culture in valdosta also LD. we've got one of dem der collages too.

there are several art gallerys, the valdosta symphony orchestra, and so forth.

and its only an hour drive for me to tallahasse, and two hours to jacksonville.

i would pick valdosta, but i'm biased.

daisy, or anyone else interested, go to this website >>>>> Triple Crown Hometowns Retirement Partnership for Lowndes, Brooks and Lanier Counties in South Georgia

under the "plan your visit" tab, there is a link where you can have someone meet you to take you on a tour of the area. they'd be glad to show you around.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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Thank you for your quick responses! All three towns sound wonderful! Thank you for the link southgeorgia, it has a lot of good info.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Athens. It's such a charming town and only an hour away from Atlanta.
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Athens. only an hour away from Atlanta.
and that is a plus????
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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I suggest u do a search on this site if you haven't already concerning Athens. Trust me, we have plenty of problems. It is NOT paradise. It is liveable but it isn't perfect. Our jobless rate continues to increase and so is our crime. Over 25 percent of our population is in the poverty level and we have a LOT of public housing which are hotbeds of criminal activity. I feel sorry for the folks who live in those places but have no other choice. Our high school dropout rate usually exceeds 50% but not sure what the current numbers are. Georgia ranks low on many of the important social issues. I would be very careful about where you decide to buy and live. In this economy, you might find yourself stuck where you do buy.
I do not know anything about Valdosta, but I would give it a close look. Its proximity to the capital of Florida might be a very good thing. Going to Atlanta for anything is a day's work and stressful. A trip to the Atlanta Airport is a grinding trip of some 80 miles. I wish you well.
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Old 02-28-2009, 03:58 PM
 
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Thank you Ollie for your input. My husband and I are retired, so we wouldn't have to worry about employment, I agree with you about Atlanta, the traffic is horrific!
Freezing beautiful Pennsylvania is starting to sound good again. So Confused!
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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I live in Athens.. well right outside of it and it is really a nice place. We have an acre of land and a beautiful home and pay only 1700 in taxes. I was paying 5,000 in Illinois for a home that was just a ranch.. Athens is your best bet!!!!!!..
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:20 PM
 
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Daisy, I lived in PA twice. Once at Carlisle and the other in West Chester. Personally, I think PA is one of the nicest places to live in the USA. Since you are retired, why not look into spending winters in Florida? Rent a condo one season around Tampa area and see what you think. Or, buy an RV (great prices now) and winter in FL, TX or AZ. PA is hard to beat in Autumn and Spring in my opinion.

BTW, we are still in drought here in Athens area though we are getting a bit of rain which is helping. Still a long way to go.

Good luck.
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