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Old 03-12-2013, 05:12 PM
 
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We have heard traffic is a nightmare, so we don't want to live too far out.
For some reason that's become a popular mantra but traffic in Atlanta is no worse than it is in other large cities. Sure, the main freeways and arterials are busy during rush hour, but most people commute 30 minutes or less.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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http://www.atlantaregional.com/File%...s_Sept2010.pdf

This document will show where jobs are within our region. It will also show where the high paying jobs are. This will be why you hear so much about Gwinnett and Cobb.

Look at the last page of maps on these two documents
http://www.atlantaregional.com/File%...come08_4pg.pdf
http://www.atlantaregional.com/File%...orkersLive.pdf

Look at home median home prices and where high paying workers live, and where high paying jobs are act as somewhat of a proxy for desirable areas, but also higher housing costs

You'll probably need to pull up google maps or a road map to get a feel for what is where.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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Perimeter Center is at I-285 and GA 400, not I-75.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I welcome anyone else's input. It looks like we just need to wait and see where he gets a job before we make any decisions.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:17 PM
 
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We have heard traffic is a nightmare, so we don't want to live too far out.
This is only a concern if his job is in the city. If his job is in Alpharetta, you don't want too live too close in, don't worry about being too far out.

As everyone has said, it's really a moot point until you know where he is going to work.

All things being equal, Cobb and Gwinnett county have similar amenities, but very different personalities. I have grown a preference for Gwinnett county because it tends to be newer and more diverse. Cobb has been established longer, so it went through a lot of growth in the 70s and 80s whereas Gwinnett didn't really start growing until the 80s and didn't reach a stride until the 90s.

But they both have really good and really not so good areas. And they both have convenience to different aspects of North Fulton as well, places like East Cobb are more convenient to Roswell and Milton, while places like Duluth and Suwanee are more convenient to Johns Creek.

Just to be anecdotal.....this is meant kind of as a joke, but I've also really noticed it to be true.....both areas have terrible drivers. Cobb tends to have more snotty people who see you and realize you are there, but they just think they own the road and do whatever they want anyway. Gwinnett has drivers who do similar stupid things, but it's usually because they don't see you, are distracted, or just don't understand the rules of the road.

Regarding traffic, again anecdotal, but in my experience I-85 tends to generally be slightly worse than I-75, but Cobb county tends to have more congested and frustrating surface streets than Gwinnett. I think this is because Gwinnett county tends to be a bit more spread out. You drive further, but have fewer red lights. Cobb county feels denser. The distance you travel will be less, but more stop and go. Of course, you can't blanket apply these aspects to entire counties, just what I've noticed in the portions of the counties I have visited.

All you really have to do is visit both places. The vibes are different, you'll be able to tell relatively quickly which you prefer.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:25 PM
 
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I prefer Cobb because it has more character.... more neighborhoods of varying styles, more historic areas, more parkland (Kennesaw Ntl Battlefield, Chattahoochee National Recreation area), etc, etc. Gwinnett seems to be all 80s and later suburban sameness.

Plus, if you have family back in Nashville, you are already on the right side of the metro area for trips back home.

But as has already been stressed by others, wait till you know the location of the job.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:33 PM
 
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I prefer Cobb because it has more character.... more neighborhoods of varying styles, more historic areas, more parkland (Kennesaw Ntl Battlefield, Chattahoochee National Recreation area), etc, etc. Gwinnett seems to be all 80s and later suburban sameness.

Plus, if you have family back in Nashville, you are already on the right side of the metro area for trips back home.

But as has already been stressed by others, wait till you know the location of the job.
Although I agree with you about Cobb, Gwinnett County has some lovely historic districts like Stone Mountain, Duluth, and Lawrenceville, etc. and beautiful areas like Berkeley Lake and Mountain Park.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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You can't argue a preference because everyone has their own.

But with Gwinnett's nationally recognized park system, not to mention Stone Mountain, I'd find it hard to believe that Cobb county has more park land.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Isn't Stone Mountain in DeKalb? Yes, close to the line, but still? The town of Stone Mountain is definitely DeKalb. Even Stone Mountain Park, if some of it crosses into Gwinnett is nothing like the massive Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park. I love Stone Mountain, but it is very Six Flaggy too. The parkland around Kennesaw Mt NBP is like going to the middle of the Blue Ridge right in the middle of a 700,000 pop county. It is so much more than the visitor center and the drive to the top, what most people see.

Cobb's beautiful land along the Chattahoochee isn't matched in the rest of the NRA. Stunning beauty right on the heels of an edge city. And Cobb County's own park system is nothing to sneeze at either.

There is just a feeling that Cobb was part of Atlanta for many years before Gwinnett was. Cobb is more like a combo of DeKalb and Gwinnett in many ways.... Cobb actually has parts ITP. That is my feeling, and yes, my preference. Absolutely Gwinnett is a nice place, no doubt, not knocking it, but one of the reasons I prefer Cobb is it seems more varied in topography, history and architecture.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:14 PM
 
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I'm not positive, but since Stone Mountain is featured so prominently on the Gwinnett county convention & visitors board website, that would be pretty ballsy for them to do if it wasn't even in their county: Gwinnett County Convention and Visitors Bureau; GCVB; Gwinnett County Visitors; Visitors Bureau; Metro Atlanta Hotel Information; Official Marketing Organization for Gwinnett County;

I can't argue any of the preferences, because they are just that. All I was saying was that I believe the comment that Cobb has more park land is more than likely false.
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