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Old 02-27-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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Default Commuting/Living Between Bham & Huntsville

Hello - My wife and I are excited to be relocating to Alabama in 2010.

She will likely be working in Birmingham .... job prospects for me are strongest in Huntsville and Anniston. In the event I'm not able to line up something in the Bham area, I wanted to seek your guidance on alternatives.

Can anyone with current or previous commuting experience comment on places to live in either of the following scenarios:

1) Between Bham and Huntsville
-Cullman has been suggested to me .... others?
2) Between Bham and Anniston
-Pell City seems like an on obvious choice here, are there others to consider?

We're coming from Chicago and are used to commuting via public transportation for up to 1 hour each way .... would not want to exceed a driving commute in AL of any longer than that.

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Old 02-27-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I know of one person who lives in Cullman and commutes to B'ham. Every time I've seen him he appears worn out. That said, 65 coming south into B'ham is MUCH better than 65 coming north into the city.

The Atlanta/B'ham corridor is not one I would enjoy on a regular basis, although I have nothing against Pell City. Crazy drivers.

My best thought is to try if possible to get work in B'ham or the immediately surrounding area, even if the pay is a little lower. If you do work in Huntsville, consider living just a little closer in to B'ham than Cullman. Although... getting from 65 to Huntsville can be a problem too. Maybe a room in Huntsville might be a better idea, and just head to B'ham on the days off?

You really are stretching the envelope on commuting.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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I have a friend who commutes from Decatur to Birmingham...of course she's a nurse and only works 3 12-hour days a week. But it's not unheard of to commute that far. Expensive, though.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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I can't imagine any sense of moving from Chicago to Alabama and then subjecting yourself to a long commute. One of the advantages of moving out of a place like Chicago (or in our case, LA), is you no longer have to spend so many hours sitting in your car.

I agree with Harry's advice.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Huntsville native
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Wow! Chicago to Cullman would be some serious culture shock as well. I sure hope you find a job in Birmingham.
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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Thanks all. Appreciate and agree with your feedback ... living and working in the Birmingham area is the goal.

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Old 03-02-2010, 06:01 AM
 
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My colleague lives in Cullman and commutes to Research Park in H-ville. She is usually very worn out when she gets here, but on the upside, it is a straight shot (up 65). Listens to lots of books on tape. (or mp3 I guess)?
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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And I guess if you spend all your time commuting to and from Cullman (from either Huntsville or Birmingham) you won't have time to worry about the fact that there's next to nothing to do in Cullman, dry county and all.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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That commute will get old in no time. It looks like a straight shot on a map until you got stuck in your first traffic jam on 65. Plus you will be driving yourself not sitting in a bus. Take driving time plus gas and run that with your hourly compensation. Scary isn't it? What line of work are you in?
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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I did that several years ago, living in Huntsville and work in Birmingham and Atlanta. It was no fun. So I ranted a place in Birmingham and came home during the weekend.
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