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Old 07-12-2020, 10:08 PM
 
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Hello everyone!

My husband and I are from Texas and we currently live in San Antonio area. We are looking to relocate to Alabama as we have heard wonderful things and land is a lot cheaper out that way. But we are not sure where to move too. I have looked at quite a bit of counties. We want to be somewhere that does not get any tornadoes or is hit by any hurricanes. We have 2 little ones and are also looking for good schools. We would like to be in a small town as both him and I grew up in a small town and miss that so much. We are wanting to get land and to build our own house. Also looking to move within the next 2-3 years because we want to make sure we make the right choice. Can any of y'all from Alabama give any advice on where to move too or to visit for us to take a look at?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 07-12-2020, 10:20 PM
 
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Lots of questions.



What professions are you and your husband?


What do you enjoy doing?



What are your goals in life?
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Old 07-13-2020, 12:26 AM
 
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I’m currently in nursing school so by that time I will be an LVN working on my RN. My husband is a project manager in construction. We love the outdoors, love to hunt, fish, love the movies and we are home bodies but we really don’t get out much due to our schedules are kind of crazy. We love to try new things. We love the beach but don’t want to be too close because we are worried about the hurricanes. Our biggest goal is to have at least 60-80 acres and to build a home. Since movie to San Antonio from Dallas in 2016 we have not done a lot down here it’s just so busy out here and the people are different. We do want to call Alabama our forever home in the future. I hope this helps...
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Northeast Alabama is prettier in my opinion due to the rolling hills, however tornadoes are a risk up there.

If I were you I'd look at northern Baldwin County around Bay Minette, Stapleton, or Loxley. Still somewhat rural but a close drive to Daphne or Mobile for work if needed. Yes, you will still be affected by hurricanes if they land nearby, but it's far enough inland where you won't have to worry about storm surge. The last bad one we had was Ivan back in 2004.
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Huntsville Area
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If your husband is into construction management, Huntsville area would be a great place for your family. The area presently has 470,000 people, however it's still very agricultural out in the county.

Huntsville is going to see incredible changes starting with Mazda-Toyota's factory hiring 4,000 workers and the supporting factories having to be built. The FBI's bringing 4,000 jobs to Redstone Arsenal, and they're going to have to build homes for them.

The Huntsville area has a very high level of education, with thousands of engineers and rocket scientist types working for NASA and other highest tech companies anywhere. The public schools in the area are excellent.

And with both mountains and lakes, Northeast Alabama is very beautiful. The Tennessee River is an incredible resource for both business and recreation.
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:49 AM
 
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I’m currently in nursing school so by that time I will be an LVN working on my RN. My husband is a project manager in construction. We love the outdoors, love to hunt, fish, love the movies and we are home bodies but we really don’t get out much due to our schedules are kind of crazy. We love to try new things. We love the beach but don’t want to be too close because we are worried about the hurricanes. Our biggest goal is to have at least 60-80 acres and to build a home. Since movie to San Antonio from Dallas in 2016 we have not done a lot down here it’s just so busy out here and the people are different. We do want to call Alabama our forever home in the future. I hope this helps...



Birmingham. If you're a nurse, there's really nothing else in the state that comes close in terms of opportunity and a variety of specialties. And when it comes to construction, not only is there a ton of construction going on in the Birmingham market, but the city is also home to a substantial number of national construction companies such as Harbert, Robins, and Brasfield Gorrie. Huntsville has some construction, but not nearly on the sustained level of Birmingham's, and not with the national reach of Birmingham companies.
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Alabama
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There is nowhere in the state that is 100% immune from both tornadoes and hurricanes. You can only reduce the risk a bit.

Baldwin County in South Alabama is a great place to live with some great small towns, but you will find that land is more pricey and it's a coastal county.

Cullman and Marshall counties in the northern part of the state are great places as well - you have Lake Guntersville and the green rolling hills for recreation. But North Alabama is more prone to tornadoes.

Dothan is a very nice town.

You might even consider the area around Logan Martin Lake, that would include Talladega and St. Clair counties - Sylacauga, Pell City, Childersburg, Talladega - Cheaha Mountain is nearby.
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Old 07-13-2020, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I would look at Enterprise as well. They did have a tornado years ago that destroyed their high school, but it’s rare to have one that strong in south AL. That was probably a once in a century event.
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Old 07-13-2020, 10:04 AM
 
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One other thing. About tornadoes.



Lots of people seem to ask this question. I'm 57, a lifelong Alabamian, and I've yet to have even a close call with a tornado. And the very large majority of Alabamians would say the same. That's because tornadoes are pretty much a rarity in Alabama.



Mind you, there are some parts of the state that get them with more frequency, namely that stretch between downtown Birmingham and Tuscaloosa to the Northwest corner of the state and up to Huntsville. I wouldn't live in those areas without a below-ground tornado shelter or a really nice basement. But elsewhere, the occurrences are far rarer, especially of the big ones.



In other words, we are not dodging them on our daily commutes to work. Instead, there are times of year when you are aware of the weather. That means checking the forecast, having a really good app on your phone, and checking again if things look dicey. Otherwise, you'll be fine.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:27 PM
 
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Thank you everyone! This has been very helpful. I’m originally from Wylie tx about 30 mins north of Dallas and we would have a lot of tornado warnings. Only had one big one hit in the 90s I believe. I don’t mind have storms just don’t want to move somewhere not knowing if they are prone to get them all the time. I’m so excited to move to Alabama we cannot wait for the change!
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