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Old 02-06-2010, 08:04 AM
 
Location: East Cobb
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I'm concerned this thread may be slightly misleading to the OP, except for the comment by IntownHomes, which I think is right on the money:

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In what part of Atlanta would your job be located? Atlanta is a very, very large metropolitan area and, while it's a relatively cosmopolitan city in general, there are certainly differences in politics and philosophy that are notable from one part of the city to the other.
As a Canadian who experienced culture shock on moving to north-east Cobb County (Lassiter high school zone), I would say that the OP's concerns about being discriminated against are groundless. However, while plainly some posters reside in parts of the northern suburbs that are crammed with northerners, presumably exhibiting northern culture, as IntownHomes correctly observes, it's not like that everywhere down here. This is the South. There's a distinctive predominant culture here that's not the same as NJ.

I completely agree that the OP should not be concerned about discrimination. However, they shouldn't expect everything to be just like home, everywhere they go.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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Atlanta, especially the Northern Suburbs, has so many Jewish/Catholic people from up North.


This should be the least of your worries.
OK, so what should be the MOST of my worries?
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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I honestly don't care that everything is the same as here in NJ. If I wanted NJ, I'd stay here. I got over that a long time ago after being dragged out of NY TO NJ. I just want people to be nice and fair and to not pre-judge.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:23 AM
 
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What area of Atlanta suburbs do you live?
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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Most of our street is yankees (myself included), and 3/4 of the families are catholic- and we're 35 miles outside of downtown, in an area that you'd think would be much more "traditional southern). You've got absolutely nothing to worry about.

If you've got any NJ-GA transition questions, feel free to ask. We made the move from Woodbridge 2.5 years ago, and haven't regretted it one bit.
I'm actually not sure where the office is located. But more important for me is an area my family will be happy. My one daughter is almost 11 now, so I want to be somewhere she wil lbe welcomed. What area do you live in, so maybe I have a starting point. And don't worry, if I decide to take this job, I'll DEFINITELY ask questions. Thanks.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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Where do you live?
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area
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There are LOTS of areas of Atlanta where you will be happy, find good schools, etc. In Atlanta, one of the biggest negatives to quality of life is the commute to work, so once you know what part of town you'll be working in you'll be able to make much more efficient progress on finding a compatible area in which to live. As I mentioned, most of the metro area is very cosmopolitan and generally diverse and tolerant. You'll find intown tends to be more liberal and the outlying suburbs tend to be more conservative. Depending on your specific requirements and budget I have no doubt you'll find lots of areas that suit your family's needs. But until you have a good idea of where you'll be working it's probably pointless to start looking at specific parts of the city because there are so many all over the place and you don't want to get your heart set on one that turns out to be a 1.5 hour commute to your job.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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OK, so what should be the MOST of my worries?

Nothing really. You'll find everything you have in Northern New Jersey with a higher quality of life and a lower cost of living.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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There are LOTS of areas of Atlanta where you will be happy, find good schools, etc. In Atlanta, one of the biggest negatives to quality of life is the commute to work, so once you know what part of town you'll be working in you'll be able to make much more efficient progress on finding a compatible area in which to live. As I mentioned, most of the metro area is very cosmopolitan and generally diverse and tolerant. You'll find intown tends to be more liberal and the outlying suburbs tend to be more conservative. Depending on your specific requirements and budget I have no doubt you'll find lots of areas that suit your family's needs. But until you have a good idea of where you'll be working it's probably pointless to start looking at specific parts of the city because there are so many all over the place and you don't want to get your heart set on one that turns out to be a 1.5 hour commute to your job.

This post says it all.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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I'm actually not sure where the office is located. But more important for me is an area my family will be happy. My one daughter is almost 11 now, so I want to be somewhere she wil lbe welcomed. What area do you live in, so maybe I have a starting point. And don't worry, if I decide to take this job, I'll DEFINITELY ask questions. Thanks.
We live in Holly Springs in Cherokee County. We're about 35 miles from downtown, and my commute is about 40 minutes in the am, and an hour in the afternoon. I go in and leave a little before rush hour, but even at rush hour the commute isn't that bad- especially by NJ standards.

Our area is a mix of "original southerners" and people who relocated from all around the country. It's a semi-rural area, where you can get a brand-new 2,500 sf house for around $200k now, with taxes of around $2,200/year. As you know, that's a big difference that you'll love.
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