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View Poll Results: Would you recommend Covington, GA for a family of 5 as new Georgia residents?
Absolutely 1 20.00%
Not at all 0 0%
It's ok but would recommend other cities if possible 1 20.00%
I have a neutral feeling toward Covington 3 60.00%
Voters: 5. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-26-2017, 04:27 PM
 
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I am moving to Georgia at the end of May. I have done so much research on cities and towns in the surrounding Atlanta area. I have really been drawn to Paulding County, primarily Dallas area. I have also researched Covington. I feel like there are a ton of mixed reviews about the safety of it. Yes I am aware that Vampire Diaries was filmed there (because I love that show). I have ready that it is "country"; however, I guess I didn't get that vibe with the large population. Keep in mind I am coming from a very small Missouri town of 2000 people. I don't care about driving up to an hour to get to a mall for name brand clothes. I am used to having only a Walmart Supercenter to shop at and about 5 "restaurants" to choose from. The reason I have been drawn to Covington is because of more house for your money than in Paulding County but I do have 3 kids so I need a generally safe area. Any suggestions, information, opinions are welcome. I will be renting regardless of where I live which brings me to my next issue. It seems like it is extremely hard to find homes to rent with a private owner, they are all managed by property management places, most of which have qualification requirements that I can't meet. I have good rental history, good income, and references that my rent will be paid. If anyone has any leads or suggestions on this end, I would greatly appreciate those too.
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Old 03-28-2017, 04:43 AM
 
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I am moving to Georgia at the end of May. I have done so much research on cities and towns in the surrounding Atlanta area. I have really been drawn to Paulding County, primarily Dallas area. I have also researched Covington. I feel like there are a ton of mixed reviews about the safety of it. Yes I am aware that Vampire Diaries was filmed there (because I love that show). I have ready that it is "country"; however, I guess I didn't get that vibe with the large population. Keep in mind I am coming from a very small Missouri town of 2000 people. I don't care about driving up to an hour to get to a mall for name brand clothes. I am used to having only a Walmart Supercenter to shop at and about 5 "restaurants" to choose from. The reason I have been drawn to Covington is because of more house for your money than in Paulding County but I do have 3 kids so I need a generally safe area. Any suggestions, information, opinions are welcome. I will be renting regardless of where I live which brings me to my next issue. It seems like it is extremely hard to find homes to rent with a private owner, they are all managed by property management places, most of which have qualification requirements that I can't meet. I have good rental history, good income, and references that my rent will be paid. If anyone has any leads or suggestions on this end, I would greatly appreciate those too.
The number-one deciding factor in where you decide to live in the Atlanta/North Georgia region will be where your well-paying job and/or jobs will be located.

In an increasingly highly-competitive Atlanta/North Georgia regional job market, you should be (and basically NEED to be) hired to a job *BEFORE* you make arrangements to move away from your current home.

You need to make sure that you have a job before moving to the Atlanta area so that you will not risk not being able to find employment and going broke (looking for hard-to-find employment) in an Atlanta job market where good-paying employment is increasingly challenging to find....Particularly if you are not a highly-skilled worker or a worker in a high-paying and/or in-demand field like Tech, Medicine, Finance or high-level Law/Legal Services.

You also need to make sure that you have a job before moving to the Atlanta area because the traffic can be horrible on many days and you will want to (and have to) live as close to your job as might be possible so that you won't have to spend too much of your time sitting in ridiculously massive traffic jams.

Before you even think of looking for housing, one...know where you will be working so that you will know that you will have a job in a seriously (if not severely) competitive Atlanta metro job market and, two...know where you will be looking so that you will know where to look for housing so that you can attempt to minimize your exposure to Atlanta's long rush hour commutes and unpredictable traffic congestion.
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Old 03-29-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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The number-one deciding factor in where you decide to live in the Atlanta/North Georgia region will be where your well-paying job and/or jobs will be located.

In an increasingly highly-competitive Atlanta/North Georgia regional job market, you should be (and basically NEED to be) hired to a job *BEFORE* you make arrangements to move away from your current home.

You need to make sure that you have a job before moving to the Atlanta area so that you will not risk not being able to find employment and going broke (looking for hard-to-find employment) in an Atlanta job market where good-paying employment is increasingly challenging to find....Particularly if you are not a highly-skilled worker or a worker in a high-paying and/or in-demand field like Tech, Medicine, Finance or high-level Law/Legal Services.

You also need to make sure that you have a job before moving to the Atlanta area because the traffic can be horrible on many days and you will want to (and have to) live as close to your job as might be possible so that you won't have to spend too much of your time sitting in ridiculously massive traffic jams.

Before you even think of looking for housing, one...know where you will be working so that you will know that you will have a job in a seriously (if not severely) competitive Atlanta metro job market and, two...know where you will be looking so that you will know where to look for housing so that you can attempt to minimize your exposure to Atlanta's long rush hour commutes and unpredictable traffic congestion.

This, emphatically. Especially considering the OP's choices are at least an hour apart from each other on a good traffic day.
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