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Old 05-16-2021, 12:52 AM
 
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Me and my family was born and raised here in Florida in the Bradenton. We have seen our area go down the drain in the last 10 years. Crime rate up,rent skyrocketing,jobs hard to come by. We have been thinking the last 3 months of moving out of state,possible to Tennessee. I can transfer my job to Knoxville,Nashville,or I believe Cookeville. We even discussed North or South Carolina where I can transfer ther too. Btw we are not beach goers even though we live like 15-20 miles from it. Me personally I love the mountains.My wife would love to live in the country. We are tired of the high rent prices,high crime rate,the heat and humidity all year long,all the crazies living here,and to get away from my crazy mom.

What are the pros and cons of moving out of Florida to either Tennessee,North Carolina,or South Carolina? Or should I stay?
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Old 05-16-2021, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I think your best bet for finding a mountainous area you would like would be western North Carolina.

The areas of Tennessee you mentioned have beautiful hills but not real mountains per se. The very eastern part of Tennessee is mountainous.

I would go with North Carolina.
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Old 05-16-2021, 06:06 AM
 
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Cookeville would be my choice. I moved from Wisconsin to Crossville which is 40 mi east. Cookeville is a great college town with great internet service and lots to do.
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Old 05-16-2021, 08:38 AM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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We had originally planned on retiring from Central Florida to the mountains of North Carolina; had even bought two acres for our retirement home. Lived in Florida most of our lives, but did not want to stay there any longer than we had to.

But the closer we got to actually doing it, we changed our minds about life in a small mountain town. Wound up in Cookeville TN and it has been fine for us. Large enough to have everything we need in medical and shopping and small enough to be easy to get around. Cost of living is reasonable and people are easy to get along with.

It may not be in the mountains like our land in NC, but when I am walking down our street, I am looking at the first step up to the Cumberland Plateau about 1/2 mile away and it reminds me of the mountains.

No regrets on our part of not winding up in a mountain town in North Carolina. Our only regret was buying the land in NC which has been rather tough to sell.
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Old 05-16-2021, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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I would take a look at Cookeville, TN, or metro Knoxville or Nashville.

There is zero state income tax in Tennessee and the area is just beautiful. Tennessee has stunning mountains, and just beautiful rolling countryside that is hard to find in many areas.

North Carolina could be a good bet, and Asheville is really pretty too, but it is getting super expensive.
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Old 05-16-2021, 11:51 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Mountains are great, how do you and your wife feel about driving them in bad weather?
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Old 05-16-2021, 04:40 PM
 
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I will say that the tax/retirement situation is much more favorable in Tennessee than in North Carolina and South Carolina. Tennessee's exception is the higher sales tax but we've still come out better than when we lived in Texas.
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Old 05-17-2021, 06:44 AM
 
Location: California
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Tennessee is also more “homegrown,” for lack of a better term, than North Carolina. It seems as if most people who live in Tennessee were born and raised in the state, whereas most people who live in North Carolina seem to be from elsewhere, especially in 2021. For better or for worse, North Carolina has had significantly more external/outside influences than Tennessee, especially in the mountainous regions. Most Florida natives leave Florida because the external/outside influences are too numerous and, well, different. I am not a Florida native (I am actually from the Northeast), but ended up leaving Florida because there were too many Northeast transplants, primarily from the Greater New York City Area.
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Old 05-17-2021, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Boston MA > Bridgewater NJ & Simsbury CT
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Go look at NC or SC.. I think youll love it alot better. Not too familiar with TN, maybe Crossville or somewhere around Knoxville?
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Old 05-17-2021, 03:00 PM
 
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I will say that the tax/retirement situation is much more favorable in Tennessee than in North Carolina and South Carolina. Tennessee's exception is the higher sales tax but we've still come out better than when we lived in Texas.
Yep. Including sales tax on clothes and food. Where I'm from, clothes and food are tax exempt, because they're considered necessities.

Tennessee gets its money one way or another.

To answer your question, OP, Tennessee IS a beautiful place, with good, friendly people. I'm fairly content here (moved here 10 years ago), but North and South Carolina offer things, like proximity to the ocean, that TN doesn't. One thing I do miss is being closer to a large body of water.

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