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Old 09-12-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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Hey all,

My family I are seriously thinking of leaving TX and moving to the Tri-Cities area. We are looking for the best place to move for employment. My wife is a physical therapist and I'm in IT. I've driven through the eastern TN area many times, and often thought about living there due to the natural beauty.

We would appreciate any thoughts on what area/city might best fit our needs:

- City of at least 15-20k
- Choice of good schools (public and private)
- Access to hunting and fishing

Which of the cities in this area are the prettiest and why? One of the reasons we are leaving TX is becuase we both like very hilly terrain and seeing actual rain. Also, here in TX, you have to take out a second mortgage to be able to afford a deer lease. Is hunting in east TN really as good as I think it is? Is there an abundance of public hunting land/readily available hunting areas that don't cost a fortune?

Thanks, ya'll...
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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I propose you look at Jonesborough/Johnson City. Jonesborough is prettiest - it is historic, architecturally pleasing, quaint,and well maintained. Johnson City has slightly better schools. Johnson City borders Jonesborough, so ideally you live in the Johnson City limits, but you're practically in Jonesborough.

Johnson City is a major health care employer (MSHA, Medtech), and finding an IT job shouldn't be too difficult (ETSU).

Someone else will have to discuss hunting. Good luck.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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rccrain,

Thanks for the great info. Learning more everyday.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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All three of the tri- cities are only about thirty minutes+/- from each other, so you could live in a lot of different areas and still not have much of a commute for work.
JC does seem to be the fastest growing and best opportunity for jobs, but I wouldn't restrict my job search to just there, I'd try for anything in any of the cities in the area.
If you have kids to worry about I think I'd base my decision of where to live on school districts, and not so much on job location.

I haven't had kids in school here so no firsthand experience but I think the consensus is that Dobyns Bennet in Kingsport or Science Hill in JC are the best schools in the area. There are lots of threads on the topic if you want to dig a little deeper into the subject.
A few threads to get you started, if you're interested.
//www.city-data.com/forum/kings...l#post10740422
//www.city-data.com/forum/kings...ml#post9948314
//www.city-data.com/forum/kings...l#post10550697
//www.city-data.com/forum/kings...ml#post9308280
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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DubbleT

Thanks for the info. School district info is always nice to know.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:02 AM
 
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We lived on the TN side for awhile and moved over to VA. My husband is in IT and works in Lebanon, VA. There are many people who commute here from the Bristol and Abingdon area. I'm sure he would be more than happy to share with you availability with the company where he is working.
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