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Old 08-14-2019, 04:44 PM
 
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My son will know this week where he will be transferred to from Philly, and we are looking for what area is safe for he and his wife. They are in their early 30's. Safety is first, with local shopping as a second. Thank you so very much. Also would like to know what areas to Stay Away From !
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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I would want to live close to where I work. There are no stay away areas - not like Philly at all. If there are kids, use relevant websites to stay in the higher rates schools, generally city schools and Washington County.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:29 AM
 
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Depends on your expectations.

My standard answer is Johnson City, then Bristol, then Kingsport. If they're working in Kingsport, the drive back and forth to Johnson City will be at least thirty minutes, pushing forty most of the time, in rush hour traffic. A shorter commute may outweigh the disadvantages of living in Kingsport.

If they're working in Bristol or Johnson City, I'd just live wherever they are working.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:09 AM
 
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Depends on your expectations.

My standard answer is Johnson City, then Bristol, then Kingsport. If they're working in Kingsport, the drive back and forth to Johnson City will be at least thirty minutes, pushing forty most of the time, in rush hour traffic. A shorter commute may outweigh the disadvantages of living in Kingsport.

If they're working in Bristol or Johnson City, I'd just live wherever they are working.

Just found out my son will be working at the Tri-City airport. He is OK with a 40 minute commute. What does everyone suggestions? There are no children to worry about school systems
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Just found out my son will be working at the Tri-City airport. He is OK with a 40 minute commute. What does everyone suggestions? There are no children to worry about school systems
Going to the airport, he can live virtually anywhere.

Gray is very close to the airport (~10 minute drive or so) and is basically a sprawling suburban residential area that has grown in recent years due to its proximity to both Kingsport and Johnson City. Gray has a grocery store and some limited dining and shopping, but is a quick shot back to Johnson City for more things. The Boone's Creek area would also be close and a good bet. If they want more urban, Johnson City to the airport through Gray isn't a bad commute.

The Colonial Heights area near Kingsport would also be close and a decent option. Colonial Heights is essentially a suburb of Kingsport - much like Gray, it has limited dining and shopping.
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Old 08-15-2019, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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The closest options that I would choose are Gray, North Johnson City / Boones Creek, Colonial Heights, and Blountville.
Basically, the HWY75 and HWY36 corridor would be convenient to work and central to all the TRI area has to offer.
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