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Old 06-01-2019, 10:46 PM
 
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I've just spent the last hour reading through the threads and you all have been so helpful that I thought I would post myself. We are considering moving to Georgia and just when we think we've got it narrowed down, I panic and can't decide.

A little about us: We are early to mid-40s with an 11 year old son. My husband works for the V.A. system and can transfer to any place that has a V.A. I am a teacher.

We are currently living in Central California (Fresno) where we were born and raised. We are looking for something with lower cost of living, lower crime rates, lower homeless rates, and better schools.

We want to be somewhere safe where there are friendly people. We are looking to rent or buy a temporary house in the beginning until we really get a feel of what we like out there, then ultimately, we would love to be in a rural area on some acreage but within a 15-20 minute drive to all the conveniences of a city.

Heat doesn't scare us, we are no stranger to 115 degrees and long summers. The humidity is different for us, but I don't think that will be a problem. My dad is coming with us, and he is 64 and on oxygen full time, so clean air is a must and an area where respiratory issues won't be too much of a problem. That being said, anything is better than Central CA. Last year, we were voted worst air in the WORLD due to our fires!

We don't need an extensive night life but what we love about the area is the rivers, lakes, the coast, and natural attractions.

Right now, my husband can transfer to Dublin, Savannah, Richmond Hill, Warner Robins, Macon, Hinesville. We do not have to be in any of those cities but anything within say a 45 minute commute. We are used to that, it's the California way of life!

We really love the Savannah area and some of the areas around there, but people keep mentioning crime. Crime is pretty bad here in the armpit of CA so I can't imagine anything being worse as here, but I am terrified to make such a big move to end up in the same type of life we are in now.

We are making a trip out there in a couple weeks hoping to narrow down our choices. We are flying into Atlanta and we are going to just drive all over the state. So anything is possible.

If I left anything out, just ask. I really appreciate all of you answering yet another question like this. Thank you!!
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:13 AM
 
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I've just spent the last hour reading through the threads and you all have been so helpful that I thought I would post myself. We are considering moving to Georgia and just when we think we've got it narrowed down, I panic and can't decide.

A little about us: We are early to mid-40s with an 11 year old son. My husband works for the V.A. system and can transfer to any place that has a V.A. I am a teacher.

We are currently living in Central California (Fresno) where we were born and raised. We are looking for something with lower cost of living, lower crime rates, lower homeless rates, and better schools.

We want to be somewhere safe where there are friendly people. We are looking to rent or buy a temporary house in the beginning until we really get a feel of what we like out there, then ultimately, we would love to be in a rural area on some acreage but within a 15-20 minute drive to all the conveniences of a city.

Heat doesn't scare us, we are no stranger to 115 degrees and long summers. The humidity is different for us, but I don't think that will be a problem. My dad is coming with us, and he is 64 and on oxygen full time, so clean air is a must and an area where respiratory issues won't be too much of a problem. That being said, anything is better than Central CA. Last year, we were voted worst air in the WORLD due to our fires!

We don't need an extensive night life but what we love about the area is the rivers, lakes, the coast, and natural attractions.

Right now, my husband can transfer to Dublin, Savannah, Richmond Hill, Warner Robins, Macon, Hinesville. We do not have to be in any of those cities but anything within say a 45 minute commute. We are used to that, it's the California way of life!

We really love the Savannah area and some of the areas around there, but people keep mentioning crime. Crime is pretty bad here in the armpit of CA so I can't imagine anything being worse as here, but I am terrified to make such a big move to end up in the same type of life we are in now.

We are making a trip out there in a couple weeks hoping to narrow down our choices. We are flying into Atlanta and we are going to just drive all over the state. So anything is possible.

If I left anything out, just ask. I really appreciate all of you answering yet another question like this. Thank you!!
Carrollton, Ga is a pretty nice town. We have a college, are close to Atlanta, and a new VA clinic
https://veterans.georgia.gov/location/carrollton
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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Carrollton, Ga is a pretty nice town. We have a college, are close to Atlanta, and a new VA clinic
https://veterans.georgia.gov/location/carrollton
Carrollton's a fine town, but I don't think it meet the OP's criteria:

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...Right now, my husband can transfer to Dublin, Savannah, Richmond Hill, Warner Robins, Macon, Hinesville. We do not have to be in any of those cities but anything within say a 45 minute commute. We are used to that, it's the California way of life!...
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Old 06-02-2019, 01:51 PM
 
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She said” My husband works for the V.A. system and can transfer to any place that has a V.A. ”
Carrollton has a VA Field Service Office.
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:42 PM
 
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She said” My husband works for the V.A. system and can transfer to any place that has a V.A. ”
Carrollton has a VA Field Service Office.
If she didn't name Carrollton in her list of cities, it would be fair to assume her husband can't transfer to that office.

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Old 06-02-2019, 04:06 PM
 
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if she didn't name carrollton in her list of cities, it would be fair to assume her husband can't transfer to that office.
ok
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Old 06-02-2019, 08:02 PM
 
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She said” My husband works for the V.A. system and can transfer to any place that has a V.A. ”
Carrollton has a VA Field Service Office.
As long as there is a job available. Currently, the towns I listed are where the jobs are, but new jobs pop up almost every day. Thank you for the suggestion!
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Old 06-02-2019, 08:42 PM
 
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Going off your original list it seems like Richmond Hill would be your first choice. Good schools, more affluent area, close to Savannah.

Maybe Houston Co. would be a good second choice, the southern half of the county is rural and has good schools, and it's close enough to WR. But if what you like about Savannah is the urban core with a bunch non-chain restaurants and stores you won't really find that in WR, you'd have to travel to Macon for that.
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:54 AM
 
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How humid is Fresno? Because the Macon/Warner Robins area, and the Savannah area, can be VERY humid and hot in the summertime. And in Georgia summer can last from early May through October.

I haven't been to Carrollton in years but you could check it out to see how rural Carroll County still is. Lovely rolling countryside, less flat than Savannah. Of course, instead of the occasional hurricane you will have the occasional tornado ... but that beats the occasional earthquake!

Good luck with your move. Georgia is a nice state.
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:39 AM
 
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As long as there is a job available. Currently, the towns I listed are where the jobs are, but new jobs pop up almost every day. Thank you for the suggestion!
I thought that would be the case. The facility in Carrollton is new and seems to be growing. Good luck.
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