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Old 07-02-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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I'm a little late replying to this, so you've probably already made up your mind. Did you move to Las Vegas or still thinking about it? I wish I would have seen your post earlier because we moved here from Temple, GA (55 west of Atlanta) in Dec 2011. After 7 months, we love it here and are glad we made the move. That said though, there are a lot of factors to consider. On jobs.... there a lots of jobs here, but finding a job is just as challenging here as any place else right now. In our case, my wife had better luck finding a job here than she ever did in the Atlanta area; actually she found a job here before we moved. I lost my job during the move so I got to experience job hunting here... it sucked as bad as it sucked in GA or any other state I have lived in, but I had plenty interviews. As far as that goes it depends on the industry; I am in specialized software development and finally found a job working remotely for a company in MI, but I had interviews for companies here in Las Vegas too.

If your husband already has a job here, I would move, but that has a lot to do with personal preferences; we prefer the dry to the humidty, the lack of tornadoes that hammered us in GA, and the more liberal environment compared to GA. We love it here and don't regret moving at all even though we still own a home in GA. There is so much to do here, we have already done more here than we ever did in 5 years in GA, and housing prices are great right now. We have fun at the shows and casinos, but there is lots of other stuff here too. We have 2 kids, and we like the area for them too; schools are a big debate here, but I think the high school here is better than the one in GA, there are parks everywhere that our 4 year old loves, the YMCA has a lot of activities, there is the Springs Preserve park, Red Rock Canyon, children's museum, natural history museum, and they are building a science museum in Henderson. Also, if you get sick of the hot desert, it is a short drive from Centennial Hills (where we live) to Mount Charleston where you are up at 8000 feet in mountains, trees, and snow! I know you said you were looking at Henderson, but I highly recommend Centennial Hills (NW corner of the city). Everything is new and modern, people are friendly, there is all the shopping and restaurants you could want, and you're still less than 30 minutes from the strip and the airport if you want to see a show or need to hop on a plane.

We love it here, and I would take Las Vegas over GA anytime.

Let me know if you have any other questions since we just made the GA to Las Vegas transition.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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You can buy beer on Sundays now?!? I grew up in Marietta and people thought I was crazy when I told them no alcohol sales on Sundays.

The South is finally catching on to the rest of the country.
We used to live in Chattanooga and they were voting on Liqour by the drink which means you could buy alcohol in a restaurant or at the mini marts or GOD FORBID a club.........

You should have heard the people on this.. Buying time on the radio and TV to scream "How would you like your children to be able to stop on the way home from school and buy alcohol"? They could go to a Mcdonalds and get drunk, Your husband (apparently the females did not drink whatsoever) could go to a business meeting at lunch and get drunk and lose his job, etc etc etc..Just utterly STOOOOPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I realy hated living in the South......
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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We are also relocating from GA to Las Vegas. We are in the NW area, just south of Chattanooga, TN actually just across the border. We just came back from 3 days in Vegas yesterday for his meetings and us house hunting. It is completely different from GA, but I will say it was beautiful and I enjoyed seeing the area!
If he has a secure job, then I say GO FOR IT!! Kids do adapt!! We are moving with 2 children also. We have 4 children total, but 2 are already on their own. But after 20 years in the Navy moving all over, it's all my kids know and they embrace the next "exciting adventure". The oldest 2 enjoyed it enough, they decided to continue the tradition (LOL - not the reason they joined, just a family joke), but they both joined the Navy also.

It is NOTHING like GA, so if what you love is the rain, grass, humidity, sweating, mosquito bites, birds and bugs... stay in GA. But if you can enjoy sand, palm tree's, and few other trees and some grassy areas, unique kinds of birds (but the do have pigeons here too! lol), unique white lizards (saw one at a rental home we visited, was neat looking!), no dripping sweat - then head on out!! It was a very big shock coming off the plane into the outside air at first, but after a couple of hours I was doing well and truly enjoyed our very short trip out there. Besides, it was the hottest weekend on record all over the world... and we actually had HOTTER temp back home that it was in Vegas... PLUS they had the humidity!! LOL Go figure!!

Our back yard looks up to Lookout Mountain and it was funny how in less than 24 hours difference, we went from looking at Nevada brown mountains and listening to sounds there, to sitting on our back deck, staring at the green mountains and listening to the secada's (sp?), frogs and birds. I won't miss the change in mountains as much as I think I will the natures sounds (minus the mosquitos!!!)!! And then I woke up to a thunderstorm last night.... I WON'T Miss those!! They manage to scare me awake and keep me that way!!

BUT as I said before... bring on the adventure!!! We will know more next week but we will probably be in Vegas within the next 3 weeks!! Hope everyone's information has helped, and hope to see you there!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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OH - and they don't have "sweet tea" at most restaurants. My husband was sad when he ordered sweet tea and they said they don't serve it but "McDonalds sells sweet tea", but that most restaurants don't!! LOLOL I guess he will have to get his sweet tea fix at home, and when we eat out, he will have to get something else!!

And sugar doesn't melt well in cold ice tea (which he prefers) - although since I use Splenda, it melts JUST FINE!! LOL

And if you love Starbucks - there is one on almost every corner (not really, but SOOOO many all over!!) ..... VERY difficult for me to Keep "just saying no" when I saw so many on our drive throughout the city!! I'm trying to avoid spending $4-5 on a beverage and be better about my budget!! And they do NOT make it easy putting so many around!! Must be a LOT of frap lovers in LV, as I don't see drinking hot coffee in the mid day there, but love the caramel frap!!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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We used to live in Chattanooga and they were voting on Liqour by the drink which means you could buy alcohol in a restaurant or at the mini marts or GOD FORBID a club........
I lived in Oklahoma City when Oklahomans went to the polls on this. I never understood the thinking that people would drink less if you made them carry a full bottle from club to club. Fortunately reason prevailed, although it wasn't a sure thing.

To the OP: I am a native southerner myself (northern Florida). Compared to that part of the world, Las Vegas has a lot less humidity and a lot more entertainment. You are a day's drive or less from Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Reno/Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City. Most of the western national parks can easily be reached by car (you can even make Yellowstone in about 13 hours). I miss mainly the rain and the ocean (oh - and Krystal hamburgers), but I don't have to deal with severe storms, snow or ice. No professional sports, but I expect that to change after the economy turns around.

If your husband's company is hiring here, I assume that there isn't a lot of risk in him going from one location to another. Worst case scenario, they close their office here and you move on somewhere else. Given the state of the economy here (in a very slow recovery at present), his company probably wouldn't be going to the trouble and expense of opening a new office in this area if they didn't believe there was a reasonable chance that they will do well.

One thing I'm sure you can relate to - since I've been here (1998) I have seen maybe four or five mosquitoes, and the roaches here aren't big enough to carry your luggage.

Good luck to you on your decision. I will be happy to answer other questions if that might be useful to you.

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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Hey All,

My husband works in the Banking industry. Specifically the stock market. His company is hiring for a position such as his in Las Vegas. We would live in Henderson, Nevada. We have two little girls - and 8-year old and a 4 (soon to be 5)-year old.

I guess I have this idea that Las Vegas would be the LAST place anyone would want to work given its overall economy. My husband certainly doesn't want to transfer to LV and then lose his job because the economy in this city is so bad.

Listen, I live in GA. I have NO idea whether what I read and hear about is true or whether it is totally off base. Can anyone shed a little light on what may be totally untrue?

Thanks All,

Elizabeth
As people have said, the economy here sucks. But you have something else to worry about. You state that you have 2 girls. I wouldn't want my daughters living and go to school in Vegas. The schools out here are the WORST in the United States and the adult themes is not a place to raise a family. If unsure, please fly out here your self to check this area out. Good Luck.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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Before leaving Las Vegas, I interviewed with a well known financial company that was talking about expanding to Las Vegas. The recruiter told me that quite a few companies are looking to build satellite offices there due to the high unemployment which translates to paying low wages (his words, not mine). If he's already established in the company and stay, I say go for it if you liked it. If not, see if they have jobs like his out here in case he needs to find other work. I agree that the schools stink and you should review your options regarding that.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:22 PM
 
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As people have said, the economy here sucks. But you have something else to worry about. You state that you have 2 girls. I wouldn't want my daughters living and go to school in Vegas. The schools out here are the WORST in the United States and the adult themes is not a place to raise a family. If unsure, please fly out here your self to check this area out. Good Luck.
OH PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The schools are NOT the worst in the nation.. And gee where in the heck do you live that has NO adult themed stuff.....

Las Vegas is no dofferent than any other city except they might have more narrowed minded people who think it is the worst place to raise a family.....
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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OH PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The schools are NOT the worst in the nation.. And gee where in the heck do you live that has NO adult themed stuff.....

Las Vegas is no dofferent than any other city except they might have more narrowed minded people who think it is the worst place to raise a family.....
Devil's advocate time: 1) We have the worst dropout rate in the nation. I've linked it several times. Our best schools are merely "OK" compared to states like New Hampshire. Our worst schools are academic horrors. 2) Other cities don't have "porn stars wanted" billboards on the highway coming into town.

But the fact there are thousands of LDS families in the valley would tend to buck the argument that you can't raise wholesome straight-laced kids in "Sin City."
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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Default Schools, Area, and Sports

I told you schools was a big debate here. Before we moved here from GA, we heard over and over that the public schools are the worst in the nation. I didn't believe it, and after our daughter went to high school here, I really don't. I don't care what the stats say or what the reputation indicates; the high school here is more academically advanced than the school in GA (west of Atlanta), and the high school in Huntsville, AL that my daughter went to was WAY more drug infested than any school I have ever seen. It doesn't matter what area they are raised in or what school they go to, if you raise your kids right (NOT a dig; we just made it through high school with ours, and it was hard). It got better when we moved here though as she is now off to college! Of course, the schools vary by area, which I think is the reason the stats aren't that great (they are ALL lumped into Clark County), so you want to do your research and pick a good area and school. Also, our 4 year old goes to Preschool which is the best I've ever seen anywhere in the country.

ETC143 - Good luck on your move out here, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! Likewise, let me know if you have any questions about where to live /etc. I totally agree with you on the humidity/storms/bugs thing. The constant barrage of tornadoes is the main thing that drove us out of GA. We returned to GA over Memorial Day and were overcome by the humidity and millions of bugs crawling all over us, and I said "oh yeah, that's why we moved." Not to say there's not bugs out here, but not like in GA.

On pro sports comment - I am a big time sports fan, and I actually considered it a plus that there are no major league teams here because there are a lot of minor league teams, and I can actually afford to go see a game! We have ECHL hockey team (The Wranglers) who went to the Kelly Cup finals this year, the LV 51s baseball team, UNLV baseball and football, a very minor league football team, the Las Vegas Sin football team, and a whole bunch of motorsports (NASCAR, NHRA, WoO, off road racing, and Indycars). Also, being a big time Colorado Avalanche fan, I am thrilled to go see them play the LA Kings here at the MGM Grand later this year, so if you're a sports fan, don't be bummed about lack of a major league team.
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