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Old 03-19-2013, 05:36 PM
 
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I posted this in /North Caroline as well for their opinions. Not sure if xposting is allowed here, but, ah well.

6 months ago I posted on city data asking for a few suggestions on where to move, as I'm selling my home. Well, my home has finally sold, and I have less than a month before I have to move.

After months and months of traveling and decision making, I've narrowed my potential relocation areas down to two (Asheville and Chattanooga).

Here is the original post for reference, which includes my income information and savings and all that jazz.
Lincoln, Ne or Colorado?

As much as I like Asheville, I think Chattanooga may be the better choice for someone with a static income as it has a lower cost of living. Both seem like great choices, but I'm wondering what some of the locals think?

I wrote up a general pro/con list of each.

Asheville pros-
More hip
Better nightlife
Better food
Closer proximity to mountains

Asheville cons-
Expensive (well, moreso than Chattanooga. Still cheap compared to Jersey)
Isolated (Pro and con)
More touristy, so, I'm assuming over the future the cost of living will rise at a much faster rate than Chatt.

Chattanooga pros-
Incredibly affordable
Better outdoor activities (Arguably)
Bigger
Closer proximity to major cities
Great physical therapy major (My intended college direction)

Chattanooga cons-
Not AS pretty, but still pretty
Conservative
Crime (Though, I come from Philly. Something tells me this won't phase me very much).


Many thanks!
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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I think you're right about thinking of moving to Chattanooga over Asheville. Asheville is a really trendy place right now, and I think it is only going to continue to be more expensive. You can always visit Asheville, without living there.

Plus it is a really big pro that Chattanooga has a degree program that you're interested in.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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Chattanooga is a great place to live at because there are so many young people that move here every year. Both places are in their own way touristy; in Chattanooga you have the downtown area, Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, and several other tourist areas. Another incentive to living in Chattanooga is no state income tax (higher sales tax though) and we're close to the GA state line so you can buy groceries over the line for a lower sales tax rate if you wish. We have some awesome outdoor activities. As a whole there are more so called conservatives than liberals. There are a ton of things to do here especially during the spring, summer, fall and first part of winter. The crime is a little high considering the size of this place, but honestly it's growing everywhere. I'd say visit both and ask questions. There's so much that I could tell you and it would take up a lot of space.
Please let me know what you decide to do. Good luck!
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:55 AM
 
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Chattanooga is a great place to live at because there are so many young people that move here every year. Both places are in their own way touristy; in Chattanooga you have the downtown area, Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, and several other tourist areas. Another incentive to living in Chattanooga is no state income tax (higher sales tax though) and we're close to the GA state line so you can buy groceries over the line for a lower sales tax rate if you wish. We have some awesome outdoor activities. As a whole there are more so called conservatives than liberals. There are a ton of things to do here especially during the spring, summer, fall and first part of winter. The crime is a little high considering the size of this place, but honestly it's growing everywhere. I'd say visit both and ask questions. There's so much that I could tell you and it would take up a lot of space.
Please let me know what you decide to do. Good luck!
I'm rather confident at this point that I will soon be a Chattanooga resident.
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