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Old 12-04-2007, 07:02 AM
 
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Bristol is Sullivan county, Johnson City is Washington County, Greeneville is Greene County
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Default My impression of JC

I moved to Jonson City about a year and a half ago. Most people are reading this to get an impression, so heres mine;
Overall Johnson City is a nice place to live. The Tri-Cities has a very small town and country type of attitude since the closest big city is Knoxville (about 180,000) and is 2 hours away with traffic, but its large enough that most of the types of business establishments you might be looking for are within a 45 minute drive. The scenery is beautiful and the weather is fairly nice (record drought for 2007), though not nearly the snowfall listed on the city website (locals say it hasn't snowed allot since 1998).
If your looking for culture though, look elsewhere. After a show of "Cats" and "David Blane" at Freedom Hall I was appalled at the venues in this area, especially the acoustics. The main venues that can handle bigger shows are multipurpose arenas that have the acoustical properties of standing inside a metal trashcan and also happen to be attached to high schools.
I work in a service field helping customers all day and have noticed that this area has very little in diversity. Though mostly white with very few African Americans and a little more Hispanic, There are a good mix of friendly middle class locals, but also allot of lower class mountain folk who tend to be rather rude and close minded, as well as a mix of immigrants from FL and NJ. I have to say that most of the rude customers I encounter are from FL and seem to be getting more and more frequent.
As far as music scenes and night life - its pretty much country / bluegrass or 80's metal. But good mainstream and alternative bands occasionally tour through Asheville or Knoxville, so its still accessible.
AIR POLLUTION- Johnson City has very little air pollution and in fact is very clear except for the hot hazy days of summer when you may have an occasional ozone alert. Be aware though that Eastern TN and Western NC is one of the top 5 worst places to live for outdoor allergies as I have experienced since being here.
Overall though, Johnson City seems to be a nice place to live. The local news isn't the best. If you come from a major metropolitan area, you may need to downgraded your standards a bit. Crime is pretty low. I haven't experienced any except for meth heads trying to return stolen merch to my retail establishment. Here you have decent living cost, a little lower wages than most, fair taxes (9.5% sales tax, on food and merch), no state income tax, good roads, good schools, and good medical facilities.
Finally, I've got to say; If you like the outdoors, exp hiking, skiing, biking,cave dwelling, rafting, and camping. This area is awesome. Everything with nature can be had within an hour.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Nice post jmp, and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you and I hope you will stay and help others out who are looking for specific info as well on the Tri-Cities.
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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I love the Philippines, traveled for 3 weeks there in '93...wonderful, friendly people.

ETSU's med school is renowned for its rural medicine program (ranked No. 3 nationally by US News & World Report) and is also strong in family care & primary care education.

Tri-Cities Airport is a 20-25 minute drive from downtown JC.
Tri Cities Regional Airport (broken link)

I don't think y'all would feel out of place in JC though you might experience reverse culture shock after leaving Manila. While JC isn't nearly as culturally or ethnically diverse as Jacksonville, of course, about 10% of the population is non-white. There are quite a few (Asian) Indians in JC due to the medical community. FWIW, my Asian girlfriend has never experienced any overt racism or prejudice in her 4+ years of living in NE Tennessee.
I know the numbers in JC for non-whites are 10%, living in the city all my life, it really seems more like 30% non white, which is pretty cool.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:00 PM
 
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Hello, welcome to the forum.
The short answer to your questions would be yes.
A little more details. In the Tri-Cities we have several colleges: ETSU, North East State, Milligan College and branches of UT and Walters state. However there are no college foot ball games to attend. there is quite a bit of baseball though.
There are many places within 10 miles or less of the city area that you can feel like you are out in the middle of the country. Yes there are townhouses/condo type housing within easy drive.
We have GREAT health care facilities, some very top notch doctors and specialists. JC medical center has been listed in the top 100 hospitals for many years.
Flooding...only a few few areas require flood insurance and even then usually don't ever use it.
There are way more "safe" neighborhoods than not. There are really only a very few areas that I would call "iffy" as far as safety.
Hope that helps.
JC is pretty safe (highest crime rate in tri-cities though). The projects and the surrounding neighborhoods are the only places to worry about.

Carver= 90% black, not so safe
Keystone= 90% hispanic, not so safe
Tyler=90% white, not so safe
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:48 PM
 
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I moved to Jonson City about a year and a half ago. Most people are reading this to get an impression, so heres mine;
AIR POLLUTION- Johnson City has very little air pollution and in fact is very clear except for the hot hazy days of summer when you may have an occasional ozone alert. Be aware though that Eastern TN and Western NC is one of the top 5 worst places to live for outdoor allergies as I have experienced since being here.
Excellent summary. Can any of you longtime residents say that the incidence of allergies or asthma is bad inside JC itself, or just more prevalent in the outlying areas?

South JC, within walking distance of ETSU, sounds right for us. We will be visiting early this spring. If we don't all break out in hives, we may just go for it.

Moderator mbmouse, I have also been looking at SE Connecticut, and noted you had posted on the CT forum as a native of Colchester. Can you compare in a nutshell NE TN with SE CT for us, and why you chose the former? I know the COL is much higher in CT, but how about quality of life, considerate neighbors, shopping venues, etc?

Thanks.

Craig (from Manila)
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Moderator mbmouse, I have also been looking at SE Connecticut, and noted you had posted on the CT forum as a native of Colchester. Can you compare in a nutshell NE TN with SE CT for us, and why you chose the former? I know the COL is much higher in CT, but how about quality of life, considerate neighbors, shopping venues, etc?

Thanks.

Craig (from Manila)

Hi Craig,
I will do my best to compare the two for you but remember, everything is relevant to likes and dislikes of an individual.
In SE CT, you are basically in the woods all the time. There are no long range views and the roads are narrow and pot holes every where. It seems to take less time to get there you are going and a more enjoyable ride, good, wide, well maintained roads with long range views of the mountains everywhere in the Tri-Cities TN area.
Cost of living is MUCH less in TN than CT. More bang for your buck not only for housing and taxes but for entertainment as well. There are many things to do in this area. in CT you would have to travel to Hartford, Middletown, Old Lymn and places to do just a few things. There are more waterways in TN to do water activities as well.
The people are way less reserved and clickish here. People seem to be much more accepting and open to different "classes" here than in CT.
The weather is much milder here in just about every season albeit a bit hotter in the summer here.
There is MUCH more varied shopping available here in the Tri-Cities than in all of SE CT. Yet you can easily find a place to live that feel like you are in the country.

I do miss a few things from the Colchester area such as the Colchester bakery and Lake Hayward (which is actually where I lived but no one knows where that is hahahaha) but I can do with out them easily here.
I hope that helped?

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Old 01-19-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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Yes, that is a big help, indeed. Thank you so much.

My mom is in Stuart, FL. She would like us to move to be close to her, but I think it will have to be the other way round. I suffucate in Florida.

My one sticking point concerning the Tri-Cities is that nagging question about allergies. Guess we'll just have to come there and breathe for ourselves.

When you see an orange Honda Fit zooming around those wide country roads, honk and give us a smile.

Craig
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Yes, that is a big help, indeed. Thank you so much.

My mom is in Stuart, FL. She would like us to move to be close to her, but I think it will have to be the other way round. I suffucate in Florida.

My one sticking point concerning the Tri-Cities is that nagging question about allergies. Guess we'll just have to come there and breathe for ourselves.

When you see an orange Honda Fit zooming around those wide country roads, honk and give us a smile.

Craig
LOL, how funny! I lived 11 years in Jupiter Fl which is just south of Stuart, I know it well. Yes, Tri-Cities is MUCH better! hahhahhahahhaha
You are correct. Only you can answer your question about allergies. Everyone is different there in what effects them and what doesn't.
Good luck on your search of an area that is just right for you.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Red face Want to move to Tennessee

I spent every summer as a child in eastern Tennessee. I have been living in Colorado since the mid-70's. The winters here are wearing me down and my town is growing out of control. I must have mountains and a bit smaller town. I will also need a job and a place to live. I'm not a fancy materialistic person. Any information about job and housing and most importantly,community information would be very welcome. Im moving by myself so it's a big deal to me. Thank you!
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