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Old 07-04-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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If it quaks like a duck, it's a duck! Don't sugar coat Vegas. It is what it is. If families want to move their families here, please do. If you like poor schools, $350 electricty bills, high insurance rates, terrible water quality, high unemployments, bars on every corner, etc.....................move here. I'm just calling it how I see it. That's why I always suggest to people to come out here and talk to the locals before they move here.
just read your posts in Finance...no wonder you don't like it here... bankruptcy... in over your head (your own words) sounds like the vices got you...
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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If it quaks like a duck, it's a duck! Don't sugar coat Vegas. It is what it is. If families want to move their families here, please do. If you like poor schools, $350 electricty bills, high insurance rates, terrible water quality, high unemployments, bars on every corner, etc.....................move here. I'm just calling it how I see it. That's why I always suggest to people to come out here and talk to the locals before they move here.
Gee that sounds a lot like CALIFORNIA.. And a few other states as well....

If you are soooo unhappy maybe you should leave....
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:56 AM
 
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It's improving greatly.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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[quote=curtstein;25008006]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. [quote]

I agree with you on the schools issue. Being military and travelled ALL over the Southern 1/2 of states (wouldn't live up North if someone paid me 10x salary! I HATE cold, ice and snow constantly, if I want it, I can go "visit"!!) No dig on anyone living north, but I am anemic and can't function outside in the super cold stuff!! Anyway, between the 4 of my kids, they have been enrolled in schools in: Va Beach, VA, Monroe, LA, 2 areas in Jacksonville, FL, 3 areas in/around San Diego, Millington, TN & NW GA. I will say that the WORST school I dealt with was in San Diego. We tried moving to "better areas", paid more to live in zone to make sure kids had best chance in schooling, and it was still horrible. Kids were younger then, but I will say over the years I have learned that NO MATTER WHAT - the kids are who they are from HOW they are raised. The better schools/ areas only mean they have better drugs, and more $$$$ to cover it up!! I found that out after working in a private school in San Diego as well. As bad as it was with the school there for my kids, I would rather him be where he was than the private school because it was even worse seeing parents "buying" kids grades pretty much! But, I am not a judge!!
As for my beliefs in school - it is all in what you make it - IF your kids have good values, and stay involved in the POSITIVE programs at school, and don't get involved with bad kids/acts - then they will be just fine! As I said prior, I have 4 kids - 3 have graduated and my last one is soon to be a Senior - YES in Las Vegas... and yes she is looking forward to it! We made sure to research schools here before we chose a house - and even though I heard a lot of "SUMMERLIN" and "Henderson"..... we looked in all the areas and found "our home" in NW off Cheyenne. I have only lived here 2 weeks, and so far we LOVE our choice!! SO many parks around, and friendly neighbors who walk their animals in the evening and stop and talk if they see you. And so much around close to everything we need!! My daughter is excited about the school - because they have Clubs and Activities that she loves - and we let HER be the choice of picking top 3 schools to give us choices on a home!! SO - if anyone complains about the schools, then maybe you are searching backwards by choosing the house and then accepting the school that "comes with the neighborhood"... instead, let the child be proactive in choosing their school, and choose a house AROUND that. That way, the kids have something to look forward to in school, and if they don't like it or do bad, they can't blame you for "putting them there", they had part in choosing!! Just my 2 cents.... has worked GREAT for us!!
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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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.
I agree with you on the area!! I am excited now living here in NW area! We are actually going to take a hike up Mt Charleston tomorrow hopefully!! I don't care about the airport, or the strip except for when company comes to visit - we will go then. But I want to keep my money in my bank account for things I would PREFER to have fun doing instead of gambling every weekend! The biggest shock to me so far??? Seeing slot machines in every gas station and grocery store (well, I have only been to 1 grocery store since I lived here so far, so can't say "every" yet!! LOL) That is not something I was expecting. But as far as weather??? I am SOOO much happier with the weather here than humidity in GA, and the bugs - mosquitos, ants, creepy crawlers!! YIKES... I haven't seen nothing here except a few small ants when they were re-doing our yard last week when they changed it to desert landscape! I can deal with that!!
I am SOOO looking forward to finding things to do outdoors around my new "home city". My husband is enjoying his job - now I just have to find something for me! And hopefully I can in a few weeks after I get everything unpacked, settled and have time to learn my way around a little. (I have only driven out by myself twice so far... and was just down the street!) LOL I will get used to it... but I am used to always knowing Lookout Mountain was to the west where I lived. Now - there are mountains in every direction so I have NOTHING to hold my bearings! LOLOL
Other hard thing??? Not knowing anyone! Having no friends who live near by. Closest of my friends is almost 5 hours away. So starting over is nothing new to me, but it will be good to finally meet people. Talking to my dogs & cat gets old after the 2 weeks I have been here! LOLOL But my girls will be here next week, with my car... so I won't be so "locked up" and only be able to get out on the weekends!! AND I will finally have our girls home with us!!
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:37 PM
 
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My son used to live in the NW (off of Durango and the 95) area and my wife and I love it.. That is one of the places we will look at when we retire to Las Vegas.....

Now don't laff BUT they opened a Dominos Pizza just down the street from his place and I don't care what, whoever was making the pizzas the few times we went there KNEW what the hell they were doing.. Some of the better pizzas I have tasted.....
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Earth
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^^^^ I promise I won't laff, but I will laugh!

A decent income is key to living anywhere, as I've said before.
If your hubbub has a good job then the economy will be good for you, of he loses said job the economy will look bad for you...its all relative.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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We actually decided to move here 3 years ago from Seattle WHEN my hubby lost his job. Everyone said we were crazy, but we both had jobs within a couple of months. Granted, not making as much as in Seattle, but the cost of living difference here is fantastic! We easily live as well here with less money.

We're in the SW valley and the schools are great. As good as we had in the Washington. As everyone says, you just have to do your homework. Jumping in blind is NEVER the way to go.

I believe the world likes to think that Vegas has a junk economy and a junk school system because they're taking the valley as a whole. There are some pretty depressed areas where there are very few jobs and very few kids graduate school, true. But there are so many awesome areas too.
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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I believe the world likes to think that Vegas has a junk economy and a junk school system because they're taking the valley as a whole. There are some pretty depressed areas where there are very few jobs and very few kids graduate school, true. But there are so many awesome areas too.
I don't see any other way to take the valley. (The whole valley, that is.)

Just because we don't have any kids doesn't mean we don't have a dog in the education fight. An educated populous means a better quality of life for everyone living in the community. Period.

We're lucky in that we bought ourselves into a nice neighborhood with almost non-existent crime. But not everyone is fortunate that way. But even in our little enclave, we suffer from Las Vegas' poor school system. Industry does not want to move here. (A city our size should have more than just Gaming and Zappos.) We are only JUST NOW getting some decent cultural venues. (We're woefully behind other metro areas our size in that regard.)

The key to EVERYTHING that plagues Las Vegas is education. But that will require all of us to open up the wallets a bit. AND we need to wrest control of our own school system away from Carson City.

This city needs to be able to self-fund our damned programs. I'm sick of sending tax dollars to Carson City so they can redistribute it to a bunch of whinging welfare ranchers upstate.
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