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Old 03-03-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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East Tenn is my home and I think you will find what you are looking for here; however, you are going to leave Hawaii??
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I suspect that like any tourist area it comes with its share of headaches. Cost of living, transiency and crime would keep me away from Hawaii. I just loathe living in tourist areas. I suspect the OP can answer for himself, though. Sorry.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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East Tenn is my home and I think you will find what you are looking for here; however, you are going to leave Hawaii??


It's my home and I feel the same way!!

Friends living in Hawaii love the weather and the beaches but often complain about the costs of living where they do.Their jobs pay fairly well but that does not get them a whole lot. Everything must be shipped in and those shipping charges make it expensive to get/order anything. I suspect the good old boy network may be related to ex-military staying on for civilian jobs and I could see how that might be a negative. I'd like to also say thank for your service to our country.




As far as the OP's concerns; Knoxville and much of the area around it has had lots of outsiders attracted to it for varying reasons so what's left of the old boy network is fading but what remains is the friendliness and politeness. The cost of living will be much less than what you are presently used to but the pay may be a bit lower, too.

Everything I've read to date seems to indicate what JMT has said about how people sided with Union or Confederacy. From my understanding many East Tennesseans, true to their nature of live and let live, did not want to have to chose sides.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Make jobs the focus of your move then look for a nearby town that suits you.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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East Tenn is my home and I think you will find what you are looking for here; however, you are going to leave Hawaii??

Leaving Hawaii without a doubt. This place is crazy and it's not going to get any better.

Cost of living is ridiculous - if you shop at the local grocery store and cover the bottom of the grocery cart it will cost over $100.00.

Traffic is horrible - 45+ minute drive to go 14 miles. You can't make a quick trip to the store.

Your neighbor is so close to you can practically spit on their house while standing at yours, and it cost over 400 thousand to get that privilege.

Sure the weather is great but after some time you start to miss the seasons, everyday here is effectively the same as the last.

What many people don't realize is that living and visiting Hawaii are two very different situations. Once you have to work to pay the bills, maintain your house and take care of your family your ability/desire to go do the things you would do on vacation is gone. I will come back to visit in the future but I can't live and retire here, I'm from southern Indiana and this place is out of this world.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Almost Paradise
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Make jobs the focus of your move then look for a nearby town that suits you.
I agree with LauraC. I have lived in Huntsville (in N AL most of my life) and moved to Tn almost 3 years ago. Huntsville may be best if you are retired military. My profession, medical office management, pays MUCH more in middle TN. Good Luck!
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: NE Ks.
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Leaving Hawaii without a doubt. This place is crazy and it's not going to get any better.

Cost of living is ridiculous - if you shop at the local grocery store and cover the bottom of the grocery cart it will cost over $100.00.

Traffic is horrible - 45+ minute drive to go 14 miles. You can't make a quick trip to the store.

Your neighbor is so close to you can practically spit on their house while standing at yours, and it cost over 400 thousand to get that privilege.

Sure the weather is great but after some time you start to miss the seasons, everyday here is effectively the same as the last.

What many people don't realize is that living and visiting Hawaii are two very different situations. Once you have to work to pay the bills, maintain your house and take care of your family your ability/desire to go do the things you would do on vacation is gone. I will come back to visit in the future but I can't live and retire here, I'm from southern Indiana and this place is out of this world.
Boy, that's not an exaggeration at all! I just got back from a 3 week vacation on Oahu. While it's probably the most beautiful place on Earth (Knox, I'm sure, is a close 2nd), it's incredibly expensive. My boyfriend lives in Haleiwa and we're looking for a place in the Knox area, too.

We did a cost of living calculation using this site: Cost of Living Wizard | Salary.com
It shows an over 50% difference in the COL between Knox and Honolulu.
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