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Old 01-20-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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I currently live in Atlanta. I've lived in Charlotte for 3 years. I was based in the DC area and the Chicago area for some time and I've been to Austin just in passing (work related). Each of the cities has its pro's and cons and it really depends on what your looking for. After reading and rereading your post, I'd suggest looking into Charlotte for a few reasons. The cost of living factor (you'll get more bang for your buck). The weather (Charlotte has mild winters and gorgeous spring, summer and fall season). Jobs (Charlotte is the Southern Regional banking capital with numerous satelite offices around the city as all jobs relating to banking are not just concentrated in the downtown area skyrise's). Good food choices (excellent grocers that fits all budgets, excellent restaurants). Plenty of activities to do in and around the Charlotte metropolitan area. As for traveling, Charlotte has US Airways as a hub (so you will have tons of direct flights) and it even has your low cost carriers like AirTran and Jetblue. Charlotte does have its crime ridden areas (but what city doesnt.....especially in this economy) but I'm sure two educated people will have no problem running the opposite direction of the crime that may be in certain areas in Charlotte (just dont watch the news as they will paint a picture that all of Charlotte is crime ridden when in fact it is not). Traffic during rush hour is not bad. Depending on what side of town you live on, Charlotte even has a light rail system that runs from the heart of downtown down to the southside of town with plans on expanding.

Chicago would be my second choice (I just cant stand the brutal winter). DC would be my third choice especially if your wanting to experience living in the nations captital coupled with working in a government sector. I'd stay away from Atlanta (too many reasons to name.....its just not what it use to be from back in the early 90's when I first moved here...)

Just my thoughts, I'm sure others will agree and or disagree. Either way it goes, pray about it and let the Lord lead ya (that is IF you believe in the power of prayer.....I dont want to assume).
As if Charlotte or Chicago IS what it used to be back in the early 90s...what city can you name that's what it used to be back in the early 90s?

Every plus listed in this post for Charlotte can also be found in the other cities listed. It just depends on your personal taste, and no one can help you make that decision. I would suggest a couple of visits to Charlotte and Atlanta to help you decide - if those are the two cities that it comes down to. It's a short drive on I-85(2.5 to 3 hours) between Charlotte and Atlanta, so it would be possible to visit both during the same trip if you wanted.

Both Charlotte and Atlanta are prosperous, beautiful cities. One thing to keep in mind is that Atlanta is around 3 times the size of Charlotte, so if it is important to you to have bigger city amenities at your fingertips then you might be happier in Atlanta.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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I have been to Charlotte before, and to me it just hasnt shed its "country" feel as much as Atlanta has. In Atlanta, you feel like you are in a major, cosmopolitan, international city, whereas Charlotte still feels a bit poedunk.
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As if Charlotte or Chicago IS what it used to be back in the early 90s...what city can you name that's what it used to be back in the early 90s?

One thing to keep in mind is that Atlanta is around 3 times the size of Charlotte, so if it is important to you to have bigger city amenities at your fingertips then you might be happier in Atlanta.
Also well said.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Also depends on your feelings towards Knoxville. If you dont like the "southern" or "country" feel of Knoxville, but you like the weather, then I would go with Atlanta or Austin. I have been to Charlotte before, and to me it just hasnt shed its "country" feel as much as Atlanta has. In Atlanta, you feel like you are in a major, cosmopolitan, international city, whereas Charlotte still feels a bit poedunk.
I wouldn't call Charlotte podunk. I drove around just to get a feel of the city. Charlotte is on its way for sure. At the same it has a more suburban and smaller feel. Also downtown Charlotte didn't seem all that lively during the day. I just can't get over how nice people were to me when I was there. So def recommend for raising a family.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: North Fulton, GA
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If you like Seattle, than Chicago hands down. Loyola is right off the subway/el
and you have a decent ride in from O'Hare. After that you really don't need a car. Lots to do, great restaurants and the Cubbies! Not far from Lake Michigan beach areas, too.

GMU area of Fairfax isn't nearly as pricey as McLean, VA, Georgetown or Bethesda, Silver Springs, MD areas and there is a lot going on in DC all of the time. I think that would make a good second choice.

However, Emory is the best university of the ones you listed. Atlanta is pretty much opposite of Seattle, though.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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If you like Seattle, than Chicago hands down. Loyola is right off the subway/el
and you have a decent ride in from O'Hare. After that you really don't need a car. Lots to do, great restaurants and the Cubbies! Not far from Lake Michigan beach areas, too.

GMU area of Fairfax isn't nearly as pricey as McLean, VA, Georgetown or Bethesda, Silver Springs, MD areas and there is a lot going on in DC all of the time. I think that would make a good second choice.

However, Emory is the best university of the ones you listed. Atlanta is pretty much opposite of Seattle, though.
So all of Atlanta is oppposite of Seattle? Howso? I really want to hear understand your reasoning for making such a statement.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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I spent a lot of time in both Charlotte and Atlanta and Atlanta hands down. Charlotte is a very charming and a pretty city, especially the south side. The cost of living is low, but it has a small town feel. IT feels very "white" and it does not have that "international" appeal of a larger city such as DC, Chigago, Seattle etc. Atlanta is very crowded, but it has a very good vibe to it. The cost of living is very reasonable as well and it is much more diversed and a worldwide hub for many corporations. I would think crime is about the same as any other large city. There is more going on in Atlanta
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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Go with Dc,easy access to the East Coast.

As A Chicago resident of 5 years, Chicago is like a big town. It is very midwestern. The only thing that is really nice about Chicago is downtown.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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The banking community in Austin is small and almost non-existant. Don't waste your time. UT churns out multiple of the number of available jobs every semester. If you want to bank, go to Houston or Dallas. The closest thing you could be to a banker in Austin is some sort of wealth management specialist (a salesman).
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:04 AM
 
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Having lived in both Chicago and Charlotte. Travelled to Atlanta for work. I don't know which one is going to work for op?

If your looking for the urban type walkable neighborhoods, then Chicago should be your city. Someone made a comment the only thing that's nice about Chicago is the downtown isn't true. You have the lake and many other amenities that come by living in an international city.

Charlotte is a great place as well. Nice people small city feeling. Becoming diverse.

Atlanta from what I know is a larger version of Charlotte when looking at things from an outside perspective.

The decision should be made by you based upon the positives of each city.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Thank you all for your responses. I would love to live in a walkable city again. Living in Knoxville where you can't walk anywhere (as well as Phoenix) is getting old. I've got some friends in Chicago that we are planning on visiting soon and since Atlanta and Charlotte are so close we'll probably make weekend trips out of both. I just like getting opinions from people who have actually lived in the areas since visiting a place and living there tend to be completely different. Thanks again.
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