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Old 09-11-2010, 08:23 PM
 
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My husband is probably transferring to Gadsden for work. I see some homes for rent there in our price range but I saw a post here saying it was HORRIBLE there. But then when I do research I see that Gadsden was rated a great city to live in.

Who is right?
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:27 PM
 
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My husband is probably transferring to Gadsden for work. I see some homes for rent there in our price range but I saw a post here saying it was HORRIBLE there. But then when I do research I see that Gadsden was rated a great city to live in.

Who is right?
Horrible about sums it up. Like most small villages in AL, unemployment is high. Why move there? Choose somewhere bigger, perhaps birmingham.
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:52 PM
 
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Why move there, well that whole "my husband is being transferred there for work" might have something to do with that

We don't want to live in a big city. I just saw there were some reasonable prices for rent in Gadsden so I did not want to count it out. Could you be more specific about what problems you know of (other than unemployment, we are from Central FL we know all too well about that problem)?

Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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Well unfortunately there are not a lot of folks from Gadsden who post here. From the little I know is that it is a union town because of Goodyear.
You might want to check out Rainbow City. It is right outside of Gadsden. Check here and there are several threads listed about Gadsden

//www.city-data.com/city/Gadsden-Alabama.html
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:17 PM
 
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Gadsden is better than Anniston (a town you referenced in an earlier thread). While it looks gritty in some spots, it does have some nice areas off Rainbow Drive. When I lived in the Anniston area, I liked going to Gadsden because it was less congested than going down Quintard Ave. in Anniston/Oxford. They also remodeled the Gadsden Mall and it looks alot better.

Gadsden is a blue-collar city with Goodyear Tire still providing some jobs. It's an easy drive to Birmingham or Chattanooga. The outlying areas (Rainbow City, Southside, Hokes Bluff) are more suburban, mixed in with rural, and have the better school systems. The city has been trying to lure retirees to the region because of its low cost of living.

I knew quite a few people who worked at Anniston Army Depot and lived in the Gadsden area. I think the natural scenery is prettier in the Gadsden area, although Anniston is close to the highest point in Alabama, Mt. Cheaha.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:28 PM
 
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Figured I'd pipe in here as I spent some time there 10 years ago, have some good friends that live in ,south Gadsen? I believe they call it. Its a rural area, but nice as far as I'm concerned. If your husband likes to bass fish he'll really like it as there is a huge lake there, with great bass fishing.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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Weiss Lake is huge. It all depends on what you are looking for in a city/town.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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I was born in Gadsden and currently reside in the Etowah Park/Clubview area. This is the end of Gadsden you will want to live in. Rainbow City is indistinguishable from Gadsden except for a sign saying, "Welcome to _______". Gadsden is fairly safe, and it's proximity to Bham and ATL is very nice. Housing is affordable and there are some great schools, both public and private. The downtown is in the midst of a resurgence. Restaurants are great if you are ok with BBQ, Wings and Chain Restaurants. I am not, so I get frustrated with the dining situation. There is plenty of shopping if you are comfortable with big box stores. Walmart is king in Gadsden. Being a former indie retailer, I have a difficult time adjusting to being back down here. Full disclosure: We are trying to move, but not because Gadsden is bad but I became spoiled on small New England towns (lived in Maine for 4 years) and would like to get back to a slower pace. Gadsden will always be home. Definitely check out our neighborhood...fun, safe, walkable, centrally located. We love it!
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Default transferring to Alabama

In the reply to husband transferring to Alabama, maybe Gadsden. I am from Mobile and 2.5 years ago moved to the Websters Chapel area (rural mountain area outside Southside-Gadsden). I like the area as the crime is way lower and the area is antiquated compared to larger cities, I like the scholl system also. Some of the people I don't care for, but that is anywhere. I'm getting older and wanted a slower pace, well, I got it-I am a contractural nurse working workers comp, so employment is not my issue, but the close proximity to Atlanta, B'ham, Chattanooga is great. Wouldn't move back to Mobile for any amount of money, and was raised there. The food is ok, unless you are hooked on fresh gulf seafood (as I once was-nobody knows how to cook shrimp here)-the shopping is ok, the crime-rate is fantastic and I am close to JSU for my child. If you decide to come, welcome to the area, from one outsider to another.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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Hi! I lived in Gadsden for a couple of years many years ago when I was in 4th/5th grade. I attended Eura Brown Elementary, which is one of the best elementary schools. We spent a lot of time on the Coosa River boating, swimming, tubing and water skiing. The people there were extremely friendly and real estate prices can't be beat. Real estate in Gadsden is some of the most reasonable in Alabama. You're only a hour and a half from Birmingham and 2-2.5 hours from Atlanta. If you can vibe with a small town, you'll be okay. It isn't as bad as some people are making it out to be. Good luck!
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