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Old 01-31-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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Hoping to move to Tennessee and wondering how Nashville Tn compares to Johnson City TN . Also interested in finding out what area has the best job market (finance positions/salaries vs cost of living/benefits), what areas are safest and most accepting for people from out of state (coming from Boston,Massachusetts).

Finally is a car needed in both areas or is public transportation available to get to work? Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:45 PM
 
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If you're wondering how Nashville compares to Johnson City, I'm wondering if you should really leave Boston.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:04 PM
 
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For the finance industry as a whole, I think you'd be much better off looking at Nashville. I'm sure there are some high paying positions in Johnson City, but Nashville's job market is much more robust and, in general, at a much larger scale.

Cost of living will be lower in Johnson City, although probably not enough to offset the lower salary that you will receive there. In general, I think you'd want to pick Johnson City if you desire to live in a smaller town that still has a fairly decent level of amenities. The difference in scale for built urban environment between Nashville and Johnson City is really pretty large.

Have you visited both areas before? What type of lifestyle are you looking to achieve in general? Is easy access to I-81 important for you, coming from the Northeast?

Public transit is available in Johnson City but it is pretty basic. I think you would really want a car. Not totally sure about Nashville....

Both areas will be accepting of folks from out of the area or out of state. No worries there. The only exception is if you're an a-hole.

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Old 01-31-2017, 09:04 PM
 
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If you're wondering how Nashville compares to Johnson City, I'm wondering if you should really leave Boston.
Especially if they are looking to use public transportation.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Stay in Boston. Boston is a financial hub, especially on the high end. Neither Nashville (outside of SEAM) or any city in the South can really match Boston on that front.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:38 PM
 
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Default Considering move to Brentwood or Johnson City

My family and I are considering a move to Tennessee. I recently spoke to a friend who moved to Lakeway, TX (another place I was considering) and she said that the native Texans were not happy with California transplants. I wondered if the majority of people in Tennessee would have that same resentment. I can certainly understand why people, especially if they are conservative, would not be thrilled with an influx of liberal Californians. However, we are not liberal and are considering moving, in big part, because we can't stand California politics. So, does anyone know if there has been a big influx of Californians to TN, and if so, do you think that they are unwelcome (even if they are conservative)?
PS. We would not plan on blabbing our political views to everyone we meet or acting obnoxious in any way, really. We would be friendly and kind to all our neighbors, liberal or conservative, just as we are here.
Also, if anyone has any thoughts they could share about Brentwood vs. Johnson City, that would be helpful, too. For example, how the schools, weather, neighborhoods, and anything else you might think of, compare to each other.


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Old 02-01-2017, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Well, those two communities could not be more different.

Brentwood is more of a suburb or upscale bedroom community to Nashville, mostly residential, with around 41,000 people.

Johnson City is a laid-back middle-class town in far northeast Tennessee, with around 65,000 people. It also has ETSU and its hospital. For more detailed info, you can use the blue "Search this Forum" tabs on the right side of the page to do keyword searches on each area. You can get specific JC info in the Kingsport/Johnson City/Bristol (tri-cities) subforum, since it's 5 hours from Nashville.

I would venture a guess that there are more Californians in Brentwood, primarily due to the relocation of Nissan and Mars Petcare to the area. Brentwood has always had a lot of corporate transplants, going back to the 1980s, so you are as likely to hear a Midwestern or Northern accent as you are a Southern accent, unfortunately.
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Old 02-01-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK
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Re: Brentwood and Johnson City. Both cities are approximately 90% Caucasian. Brentwood is much wealthier than Johnson City and has a larger percentage of residents holding higher education degrees.

Brentwood functions as a conservative, upper middle class suburb within the Nashville metro. Johnson City is basically its own tiny little metro. That's an important consideration to factor into your plans. In JC, the nearest high quality concerts, theatrical performances, operas, etc., are likely Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta. You could pick some stuff up in Knoxville. If you're down with the level of amenities that metros with around 500,000 people can provide, then JC would do okay for you.

Both cities are full of transplants; due to East TN State University and the medical sector in JC, most folks don't bat an eye at a gay couple or a headscarf, and no one bats an eye at folks from East Asia, Africa, South America, etc. Brentwood is the same, I'm sure, but I'd think the percentage of transplants is higher in Brentwood than in JC.
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Old 02-01-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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Well, those two communities could not be more different.

Brentwood is more of a suburb or upscale bedroom community to Nashville, mostly residential, with around 41,000 people.

Johnson City is a laid-back middle-class town in far northeast Tennessee, with around 65,000 people. It also has ETSU and its hospital. For more detailed info, you can use the blue "Search this Forum" tabs on the right side of the page to do keyword searches on each area. You can get specific JC info in the Kingsport/Johnson City/Bristol (tri-cities) subforum, since it's 5 hours from Nashville.

I would venture a guess that there are more Californians in Brentwood, primarily due to the relocation of Nissan and Mars Petcare to the area. Brentwood has always had a lot of corporate transplants, going back to the 1980s, so you are as likely to hear a Midwestern or Northern accent as you are a Southern accent, unfortunately.
Thank you!
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