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Old 03-28-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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I do NOT recommend Alma GA. I've worked there (in the medical field) and have more problems in that tiny town with drunks, drugs, and narcotics abuse (oxycontin, methadone, hydrocodone) than any other city I've worked in Georgia.

Jesup is a small town about an hour from Savannah. There's not much "culture" but they do have a decent hospital and a military base there. It's too dull for me, but to each his own. Wal-Mart seems to be the biggest attraction.

Waycross is not awful, but it's sure not exciting. It's kind of the mirror of Douglas, GA, where I live now. Lots of our economy was based on manufacturing and agriculture (mobile home manufacturers, chicken processing, etc.), and many of those companies have died or fled. College graduates need not look to South Georgia for great jobs, except for maybe something in the medical field... and even that is no guarantee these days. Wage levels are awful as well. Expect to get minimum wage for jobs that pay much more in middle/north Georgia (Macon/Atlanta). Even nurses make less than they deserve here. However, Waycross or Douglas may fit the bill if you want a much slower pace of life, and less traffic. I just hope you are good at entertaining yourself. Thank god for the Internet and books!

St. Mary's is a nice little coastal town. If you go there, do take the Ferry ride to Cumberland Island. Brunswick may be too big for you, but it is a town to consider. If you would consider northeast Florida, Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island) is a place you should check out as well.

If you want a tiny, "traditional" (i.e., redneck) town, try Fitzgerald, GA. It's not for me (I tried it and couldn't even stand it 2 months), but some residents there seem to love it. Their hospital is merging with a larger one (Phoebe Putney of Albany), which seems to be a good move... and will likely result in nice raises for their nursing staff. Fitzgerald is famous for their wild native chickens. I kid you not. WalMart is the main attraction. The "big" movie theater and bowling alley closed years ago. There is a downtown art deco theatre that shows 1 movie at a time, I think.
[URL="http://www.fitzgeraldga.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&It emid=184"]Grand Theatre[/URL]

My personal definition of "civilization" includes ALL of these:
* Major book store chain
* Lowes and/or Home Depot
* More than 1 movie theater
* Bowling alley
* At least 1 coffee shop
* Best Buy or similar electronics store.
* Nice watering holes (i.e., bars)
* Preferably, a mall or two.
* Something for the teens to do!

That leaves out Douglas, Waycross, and Jesup... but includes Valdosta and Brunswick.

i moved to waycross in jan there are no jobs here, at lest there's a walmart here, im stuck here almost now, if if there was't for the internet where i make some money as a webmaster i'd be penny'less staying with my dad,, This place sucks
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta, GA
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If you want a tiny, "traditional" (i.e., redneck) town, try Fitzgerald, GA. It's not for me (I tried it and couldn't even stand it 2 months), but some residents there seem to love it. Their hospital is merging with a larger one (Phoebe Putney of Albany), which seems to be a good move... and will likely result in nice raises for their nursing staff. Fitzgerald is famous for their wild native chickens. I kid you not. WalMart is the main attraction. The "big" movie theater and bowling alley closed years ago. There is a downtown art deco theatre that shows 1 movie at a time, I think.
Grand Theatre

My personal definition of "civilization" includes ALL of these:
* Major book store chain
* Lowes and/or Home Depot
* More than 1 movie theater
* Bowling alley
* At least 1 coffee shop
* Best Buy or similar electronics store.
* Nice watering holes (i.e., bars)
* Preferably, a mall or two.
* Something for the teens to do!

That leaves out Douglas, Waycross, and Jesup... but includes Valdosta and Brunswick.
The problem with Fitzgerald is that most all of the major industries there that paid decent wages (by S. GA standards) have all closed. Because of that, the economy is terrible down there. It also doesn't help that it has a corrupt city government. The school system there has also seriously declined. I don't think their middle or high schools have ever made AYP. Crime is also an issue there. Thirty or forty years ago, I would have said that Fitzgerald was one of the more progressive cities in S. GA, but not now.

As far as entertainment, forget it, unless you like HS football. They don't even have any of the basic sit down chain restaurants (Red Lobster, Applebees, etc..) Now that they have finally passed an ordinance to allow liquor by the drink, maybe some of them may now consider Fitzgerald.

Based on your criteria of civilization, you aren't going to have many choices in S. GA outside of Valdosta or Albany. Out of those two, I would stay clear of Albany.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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So, foxste, where did you decide to move and are you happy with your choice? We are moving from the Pacific NW to Georgia also and trying to decide between Suwanee (Atlanta area) and Savannah.
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