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Old 08-17-2016, 08:46 AM
 
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My young family considering a move to TN from east coast. Looks like we may have choice in city or area. Job role would be a finance related sales role so would need an area with good jobs and relatively open to "outsiders". We are a young family looking for a safe and enjoyable community for kids. Also enjoy mix of urban restaurants/entertainment and rural outdoor type activities. Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:00 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Safe and enjoyable community would include Jackson in SW TN, but you will probably want to look into homeschooling - in fact most anywhere. I don't have personal knowledge of the school systems - we moved here for retirement - but the majority of those I know homeschool.

However, as a NJ girl who also lived in RI for 20 years and NYC for over 15 years, you need to prepare yourself. Anywhere other than the east portions of TN are nothing like the east coast. While the east and central (Nashville) are where I would recommend for you, it is still a very different environment.

Jobs are better in the east and Nashville areas, difficult in the west. Much of the areas north of I-40 are agricultural with few cities as defined by east coast standards. In fact, much of south of I-40 is agricultural based with the exception of Chattanooga.

Do your research - read local newspapers, and check out travel between where your family is centered with where you are considering.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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A lot of Tennessee fits your bill. What size community are you aiming for? Nashville is our largest metro area, with 1.8 million. Knoxville and Chattanooga are smaller cities that feel like overgrown towns. Johnson City offers less in the way of cultural amenities, but still has decent offerings and feels smaller than Knox/Chattanooga.

I also love Memphis, but can't really say that it would offer much in the way of rural outdoor type activities, other than cycling on largely flat greenways/bike tracks, or paddling the Mississippi River.

Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City are closest to big outdoor activities in the mountains.

I'm sure some folks home school, but many of the public school systems in TN are good and a few are great. Rural schools generally are not very good, and super-urban districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools or Shelby County Schools (Memphis) are generally not the best, either.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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A lot of Tennessee fits your bill. What size community are you aiming for? Nashville is our largest metro area, with 1.8 million. Knoxville and Chattanooga are smaller cities that feel like overgrown towns. Johnson City offers less in the way of cultural amenities, but still has decent offerings and feels smaller than Knox/Chattanooga.

I also love Memphis, but can't really say that it would offer much in the way of rural outdoor type activities, other than cycling on largely flat greenways/bike tracks, or paddling the Mississippi River.

Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City are closest to big outdoor activities in the mountains.

I'm sure some folks home school, but many of the public school systems in TN are good and a few are great. Rural schools generally are not very good, and super-urban districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools or Shelby County Schools (Memphis) are generally not the best, either.
This. Personally, I love Knoxville.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:33 PM
 
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IMO, Nashville if you favor more towards job opportunities and Knoxville for family/kids/outdoors.

Knoxville has a great mix of everything, but it is harder to find higher paying work compared to Nashville.
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Crosstown *****
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Bucksport is aways a good choice.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Eastern TN
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OP, eastern Tennessee is truly nothing like the east coast of the US. It is highly appalachian in character (although that can be mediated in some cases if desired).

Nashville or Memphis are more likely to be large enough markets in themselves for sales. Look at airport needs, too. Our local airport in Knoxville is lovely, but for many destinations it does require a hop. Depends on what you need.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yes, Nashville airport is the most successful in the state. Memphis was de-hubbed by Delta a few years ago and as a result its prices have actually come down and its variety of offerings has increased. Probably good to investigate whether it could suit your needs, though.

Also, Chattanooga is close enough to the Atlanta airport (about 130 mi) to reasonably drive there for access.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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OP, eastern Tennessee is truly nothing like the east coast of the US. It is highly appalachian in character (although that can be mediated in some cases if desired).

Nashville or Memphis are more likely to be large enough markets in themselves for sales. Look at airport needs, too. Our local airport in Knoxville is lovely, but for many destinations it does require a hop. Depends on what you need.
It's not "east coast," but I think Nashville is also in "middle America," in a way, if you throw out the recent boom. Yes, it's Southern, but it's far enough west to be thoroughly divorced from the east coast.

As someone in far eastern TN less than ten miles from VA and less than an hour from NC, I've always looked toward the Carolinas more culturally than I have Nashville.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:56 PM
 
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thank you for the great responses
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