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Old 05-15-2013, 07:44 AM
 
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It appears though a job offer (and acceptance) is pretty much imminent now for us to be moving from small-town Iowa to the Jackson area within the next few weeks. As of right now, in the very beginning stages of it all, we are focusing our home search in the Brandon, Flowood, Pearl area (Northwest Rankin school district looks like about the best). We want to be reasonably close to shopping, groceries, gas, restaurants, things to do, etc. (thank you all for your tips in conversations a week or so ago about this).

While I do think that we've done our due diligence at this point in looking around on the internet, etc., we will take any and all info, tips, suggestions, etc. for ANYTHING that may help us out with the adjustment...great eateries, festivals, etc., as well as what to expect from the people, culture, climate.

Right now, we are just trying to mentally prepare ourselves for such a big life change. We are both early 40's, the girl is just about to turn 12, and the boy just turned 14.

Thanks in advance for ANY and all suggestions or tips.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:17 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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While I do think that we've done our due diligence at this point in looking around on the internet, etc., we will take any and all info, tips, suggestions, etc. for ANYTHING that may help us out with the adjustment...great eateries, festivals, etc., as well as what to expect from the people, culture, climate.
Lets get the climate discussion out of the way - It's gonna be friggin HOT! Whatever you may have been used to in Iowa, forget it. This year has been cool for us, in that it's May and we haven't yet hit the 90s. But they're coming, and you can bank on it being in the 90s from June to September, with some 100s sprinkled in there.

When you get here, seek out the weekly Jackson Free Press for their restaurant and concert listings. The paper leans decidedly to the left, if you're so inclined. If not, it's still the best place to find out about eateries and upcoming shows.

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Right now, we are just trying to mentally prepare ourselves for such a big life change. We are both early 40's, the girl is just about to turn 12, and the boy just turned 14.
What do your kids do for fun? Sports? Musical instruments? Dance?
Jackson doesn't do very well when it comes to "hangout spots" for teens. That's one thing this area is really missing.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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Flowood has a very nice YMCA. I noticed that the metroymcams website lists lots of activities for both children and adults, including sports leagues etc.

Flowood and Brandon in the summer are going to be big on swimming, tennis, and especially baseball. A lot of people have boats and spend time on the Reservoir.

There is also Castlewoods Country Club in Rankin County and many golf courses around the Jackson area.

Lakeland Drive (Hwy 25) is a large 10-lane highway that has just about anything you would need in terms of shopping, restaurants, movies, etc. There is a lot more on the north side of the city in Madison and Ridgeland.

The Natchez Trace has a great 10 or 15 mile path for biking, walking and running.

There are many churches all over the city. Churches are very strong in this area.

Summer, especially July and August, are like a sauna, hot and muggy. You just have to embrace it and run the A.C. big time. Temperatures start dropping in October (70s), November (60s) and Dec/Jan/Feb (50s).

New Orleans is only 3 hours for weekend trips and Florida 5 hours to go to the beach. Mississippi Gulf Coast can be fun also; a lot of people do long weekend trips down there. In the fall, college football takes over.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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Memphis is also only 3 hours away. Of the three cities you are looking at moving to I would rank them in order from best to worst as Brandon, Flowood, then Pearl.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Thanks for the input folks, keep it coming.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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I would look at Gluckstadt, the real estate is more expensive but the schools there are top notch.

I personally think Flowood and Pearl are on the downhill slide and will end up like Clinton and Ridgeland in 10 to 20 years. The political leadership/long range planning in Rankin County is lacking for what the area has become (allowing apartments, lack of vision, poor zoning/planning and little code enforcement), these are some of the same things that hurt Clinton and Ridgeland. Rankin's educational leadership is a mess also (I have three in the Northwest Zone); however, I think people have woken up to this and will elect new leadership next election cycle.

Mary Hawkins, long time Mayor of Madison, refused to sell out to developers, has planned smartly for growth and kept property values high.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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Just this week, a man who Africanized his name and had a radical past won the Democratic nomination (making him a virtual shoe-in) for mayor of Jackson. It has raised more than a few eyebrows.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article...mayoral-runoff

Jackson already had a bad reputation. This may make it worse.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Northlake
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Memphis is also only 3 hours away. Of the three cities you are looking at moving to I would rank them in order from best to worst as Brandon, Flowood, then Pearl.
I would rate Flowood over Brandon IMO. Flowood is a more younger and vibrant city opposed to o'l boring Brandon. It's a lot more shopping and fine dining in Flowood as well.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:20 AM
 
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I would probably rank Flowood first too, but I don't think Pearl is on the "downhill slide". With the mayor we have now, it is actually growing.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Northlake
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I would probably rank Flowood first too, but I don't think Pearl is on the "downhill slide". With the mayor we have now, it is actually growing.
People seem to rate Pearl on a lower level for some reason. Pearl have major projects under way in this city, plus it's close proximity to 20 makes it even better. Now IMO what I think the city should work on is the appearance of Hwy between US 49 moving east towards the Airport. I haven't been down that way in a couple years however it could use some work. My sister just purchased a beautiful home in Flowood a couple months back and I love the area.
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