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Old 05-08-2010, 07:41 AM
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Hi everyone,

My wife and I are newly-minted lawyers, and we're moving to Georgia to be closer to her family. We're both originally from the south, but have been living in New York for the past 8 years. We're liberal, like to run, and would like to live in or near a downtown area, where we could walk to work. Right now, we both have job offers in both Macon and Augusta--if we worked in Augusta we'd have a combined income of about $130k, and if we worked in Macon, it'd be about $155k. Which city do you think is better for this situation?

(I know Atlanta seems like it would be a logical suggestion, but the Atlanta job market for new attorneys is pretty bad/unstable right now, and isn't really an option.)
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:03 PM
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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I suggest Artist Row, Whites building, Enterprise Mill, or anywhere else near Broad street CBD. Plenty of liberals living in these places downtown...

Olde Town is a trendy and vibrant neighborhood in downtown.

Midtown is worth checking out. The areas along Central Ave and Kings Way.

Summerville/Hill is worth looking at too. The area is located between Midtown and West Augusta. A 10-15 minute drive to downtown.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:15 AM
Location: Macon, GA
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Augusta is a little larger than Macon, though not visibly much larger. I doubt anyone living in NY for awhile would notice a diff in size between the two. Both are mid-sized cities with enough of your common amenities you'd expect from any mid-sized city.

$155,000 - Macon
$130,000 - Augusta

There are no advantages in Augusta over Macon that are worth missing out on $25,000 a year.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:43 AM
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Where are your job offers? You said you wanted to be able to walk to work. I think the job location might impact your decision.
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:57 PM
Location: Macon, GA
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I must agree with King X on this one. Augusta is a bit bigger than Macon, but both are typical midsize southern cities. As much as people on this board like to fight about which one is better, they are not all that different. I would take the money. 155K in Macon will allow quite a comfortable lifestyle.
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