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Old 07-27-2015, 12:50 PM
 
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In your own opinion, do you feel that a family living off of a retail assistant manager's salary would find living in Carson City for 2 years enjoyable? My husband would be finishing up a business degree in that time while working full time. I am currently getting my personal trainers license and I home school my daughter.

My daughter is just getting into volleyball, but what we really need for her are volunteer opportunities with animals. She is 8 years old. Would she be disappointed? Or are their opportunities? Things like animal shelters, animal rescues, even veterinarian clinics that take volunteers? She is also a very outgoing child and loves having lots of friends. How is the home school scene?

As for my husband and I, we want to try restaurants, go on adventures, and just have a lot of fun on his days off. Carson City looks to be a small city, but is it a fun city? We aren't big drinkers. I don't think we will have money to burn at casinos. I saw there is a movie theater. How are the prices? Are the movies current and how crowded does it get? Where we are the only thing really to do is go to the movies, and the 3 theaters we have are always crowded. What about the library? Does it get a lot of new books? Or is it more of a relic? (the online search wasn't really working for me earlier.)

I'd appreciate anything you have to say on the matter. We need to decide quickly.
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Reno
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I suspect you'll have better luck breaking this up into multiples posts, each with a specific subject on a single topic. AND post in the Nevada forum, vs. Reno-Sparks.

I'm not sure what a 'retail assistant managers salary' is, so can't offer any opinions on that. I would suggest you price housing for starters and see how that fits with your income.

Considering that you are working on becoming a personal trainer, I'm going to guess that you/husband and child are active and perhaps outdoorsy? If that's the case there are tons of options. Hiking is everywhere, wife and I enjoy rockhounding and just hiking around in the desert looking for interesting things (found a site where a cobbler dumped a bunch of old soles and stuff, likely from the early 50's ;-). Most of this state is BLM land, you can camp just about anywhere (there are limits, and no facilities of course). If into shooting, tons of places pay and free you can safely practice..
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:45 PM
 
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In your own opinion, do you feel that a family living off of a retail assistant manager's salary would find living in Carson City for 2 years enjoyable? My husband would be finishing up a business degree in that time while working full time. I am currently getting my personal trainers license and I home school my daughter.

My daughter is just getting into volleyball, but what we really need for her are volunteer opportunities with animals. She is 8 years old. Would she be disappointed? Or are their opportunities? Things like animal shelters, animal rescues, even veterinarian clinics that take volunteers? She is also a very outgoing child and loves having lots of friends. How is the home school scene?

As for my husband and I, we want to try restaurants, go on adventures, and just have a lot of fun on his days off. Carson City looks to be a small city, but is it a fun city? We aren't big drinkers. I don't think we will have money to burn at casinos. I saw there is a movie theater. How are the prices? Are the movies current and how crowded does it get? Where we are the only thing really to do is go to the movies, and the 3 theaters we have are always crowded. What about the library? Does it get a lot of new books? Or is it more of a relic? (the online search wasn't really working for me earlier.)

I'd appreciate anything you have to say on the matter. We need to decide quickly.
If you are from a small town then you might like Carson City, but if you are coming from a larger city it will feel rather rural and 'slow'. The good news it's close to Tahoe as well as other areas that offer a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities. The bad news, even though CC has grown, shopping is still somewhat limited, and you will probably find yourself driving to Reno for at least some of your shopping.

I would not all Carson City a 'fun place' but I have friends who enjoy living there. I think there are two movie theaters you can probably go to Fandango.com put in Carson City and find out ticket prices and see what is showing, I haven't been to a crowded theater anywhere in the last 5 or 6 years. I don't know about libraries. Nevada in general does not lavish money on things like libraries or schools.

I don't think any animal shelter or vet would welcome an 8 year old volunteer, she's just too young, it would require having someone there to constantly monitor her to make sure she wasn't injured. I would think you will find that to be the same anywhere. As far as "will she be happy", kids are much better at adapting than adults, I'm sure she will do fine.

I have no idea what an assistant retail managers salary is, so I'm not even going to guess about whether you can afford it live there. It's more affordable than many other places in the West, have you checked craigslist for rentals?
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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One of our friends drives from Reno to Carson City just to see movies at the Fandango Casino movie theater in CC. So he likes that movie theater a lot. I don't imagine it's too crowded there. Most services in CC aren't crowded (compared to Reno).

The CC library exchanges books with some other counties in the state. If you want a book, you can put in a request and it get ships to the CC library rather quickly.
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