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Old 03-24-2012, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Are you trying to locate close to a major urban area? I'm asking because there are several other areas of the state that fit your criteria, away from Nashville. Areas around Knoxville and Chattanooga, and all of the Tri-Cities area, will provide more bang for your buck with land values, will be close to some major outdoor opportunities with the Smokies, and have a very laid-back lifestyle. Knoxville and the Tri-Cities especially are also quite racially homogenous, but probably not anymore so than Cumberland or Putnam counties.

Most importantly, there are opportunities in East TN to locate in good school districts and still have farmland with lower prices. Those opportunities exist in Middle TN too, just saying it might be easier to find here.

Just another option to think about. You didn't really state whether you wanted to live near Nashville, so I thought I'd point it out.

 
Old 03-24-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Taneytown, MD
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Living near Nashville is NOT a must. I would actually prefer East TN but it seems to be a bit more expensive there and doesn't seem to be as much work. My husband is a commercial/industrial master electrician.
 
Old 03-24-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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Violent crime is usually in combination with pills, meth, and mean alcoholics. The easiest way to avoid violent crime is to stay away from these things. Aside from that, the biggest problems is theft of property. You can move to a safe neighborhood and all of a sudden some thugs come in town for a few weeks, wreak favic, and then leave. Then everything will be quiet for years until another bunch of thugs come to town. It is not always easy to find work if you don't have an professional contacts. Get that figured out before you buy property.
 
Old 03-24-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Charleston, WV
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Living near Nashville is NOT a must. I would actually prefer East TN but it seems to be a bit more expensive there and doesn't seem to be as much work. My husband is a commercial/industrial master electrician.
While I don't know about your husbands specific line of work, the Nashville area and a good part of the major metros in East Tennessee will have lower unemployment rates generally than Putnam or Cumberland counties. Both of those counties are beautiful, but tend to be a mecca for the retired. Real estate is very reasonable though. I've heard of at least one person on this forum that moved there to only have a hard time finding employment, and the husband ending up having to drive to Nashville for 2 years for work from Cookeville. With the price of gas, I wouldn't want to do that. You can find information for each of the counties on the state of Tennessee's labor site by CSA, MSA, and county to get a better idea. Of course your situation may vary to someone elses.
 
Old 03-25-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville has the lowest unemployment rate of the largest MSAs in the state. I recently found a job - a really good one - in less than a month. It is also growing with a restored downtown and there are still a lot of projects. In fact the area is opening a Costco, three Publix's, a Trader Joe's and a Whole Foods all within the year. And that is just the new grocery store corporations entering the market.
 
Old 03-25-2012, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Most recent numbers (Jan. 2012):

Rutherford: 7.1

Cannon: 7.9

Smith: 9.7

Putnam: 7.9

Cumberland 10.7


East Tenn.

Knox 6.2


Washington: 7.0

Hamilton: 7.9

http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_fi...2012county.pdf

February's should be released in four days. There will probably be a drop. I can't wait for March and April numbers. There are "Help Wanted" signs wherever I turn in Knox.
 
Old 03-25-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Boston
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While Knoxville's unemployment rate is lower than, Nashville's, there can be other factors to consider. A lot of electricians depend on construction work and Nashville, by far, has the most construction work going on in the state. Nashville is adding more jobs and people than Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga combined. Over half of all jobs created in the state last year were in the Nashille MSA. Rutherford county specifically adds more people each year than any other county in the state so being within an hour of the Nashville-Murfreesboro corridor would be a good thing, IMO.
 
Old 03-25-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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While Knoxville's unemployment rate is lower than, Nashville's, there can be other factors to consider. A lot of electricians depend on construction work and Nashville, by far, has the most construction work going on in the state. Nashville is adding more jobs and people than Knoxville, Memphis, and Chattanooga combined. Over half of all jobs created in the state last year were in the Nashille MSA. Rutherford county specifically adds more people each year than any other county in the state so being within an hour of the Nashville-Murfreesboro corridor would be a good thing, IMO.
According to Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed Nashville added 13,600 jobs last year for a 1.83% gain. Knoxville added 11,200 for a 3.45% gain. And Nashville has a lot more people.

Regarding construction, do you have a link showing that info or for anything else that you wrote? (I know this is the internet so I want you to know that I don't mean this in a sarcastic or aggressive way. This is just a dialog that will hopefully benefit the OP and others!)

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Old 03-25-2012, 01:50 PM
 
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Regarding construction, do you have a link showing that info or for anything else that you wrote? (I know this is the internet so I want you to know that I don't mean this in a sarcastic or aggressive way. This is just a dialog that will hopefully benefit the OP and others!)
There's a billion dollars worth of construction going on between Demonbreun and Korean Vets Blvd in Nashville. Not to mention thousands of rental units under construction in the central city, numerous projects at Belmont and Vanderbilt (which is always U/C), and a smattering of other projects in the metro, including the always growing Cool Springs area.

It's a pretty safe bet that Nashville leads in that category. Handily. I'll DM you a list of the developments.
 
Old 03-25-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Boston
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According to Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed Nashville added 13,600 jobs last year for a 1.83% gain. Knoxville added 11,200 for a 3.45% gain. And Nashville has a lot more people.

Regarding construction, do you have a link showing that info or for anything else that you wrote? (I know this is the internet so I want you to know that I don't mean this in a sarcastic or aggressive way. This is just a dialog that will hopefully benefit the OP and others!)

With the Nashville MSA's much higher population growth and job growth it's only logical that there is more construction going on here.
Nashville MSA has added 49,000 people since 2010
Knoxville MSA has added 13,000 people since 2010
As for job growth, JMT posted this 2 months ago with data from the state government's website:


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I have some free time today so I figured I'd play around with some numbers. Using the latest county unemployment rates (November 2011) I made the following tables. First up: the 25 largest counties in Tennessee, their 2010 populations, their November 2011 unemployment rates, and the employment changes from November 2010:

County...population...unemployment %...1-year change in jobs
Shelby... 927,644... 9.4...+8,880
Davidson... 626,681... 7.3...+13,890
Knox... 432,226... 6.3...+5,510
Hamilton... 336,463... 7.4...+2,650
Rutherford... 262,604... 7.1...+7,720
Williamson... 183,182... 5.8...+5,240
Montgomery... 172,331... 9.0...+2,300
Sumner... 160,645... 7.3...+3,860
Sullivan... 156,823... 7.1...+1,320
Blount... 123,010... 6.7...+1,330
Washington... 122,979... 6.9...+890
Wilson... 113,993... 7.0...+2,950
Bradley... 98,963... 7.7... -200
Madison... 98,294... 9.0...+340
Sevier... 89,889... 8.4...+1,410
Maury... 80,956... 11.1...+800
Anderson... 75,129... 7.7...+710
Putnam... 72,321... 7.6...+1,240
Greene... 68,831... 10.4...+770
Robertson... 66,283... 7.4...+1,760
Hamblen... 62,544... 9.6...+560
Tipton... 61,081... 9.3...+540
Carter... 57,424... 8.2... -240
Hawkins... 56,833... 7.5...+500
Cumberland... 56,053... 9.2...+820

STATE TOTAL...6,346,105...9.1...+53,800


Now the metropolitan areas.

Metro...unemployment rate...1-year change in jobs
Chattanooga...7.5...+5,920
Clarksville...9.0...+2,150
Cleveland...8.4... -320
Jackson...8.9...+340
Johnson City...7.4...+650
Kingsport-Bristol...7.2...+2,830
Knoxville...6.6...+8,110
Memphis...9.2...+14,090
Morristown...10.1...+1,080
Nashville-Murfreesboro...7.2...+38,340


While I'm not surprised that the Nashville area is still the fastest-growing in the state, I had no idea by how much. The Nashville MSA has about 25% of the state's population, but in the last year it had 71% of the state's job growth.

Here's where you can see November 2011 employment statistics for every county in the state:
http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_fi...2011county.pdf

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