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Old 07-06-2007, 01:30 PM
 
Location: The Beautiful Lowcountry of SC
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Hi,
My family and I are looking to relocate South sometime in the next year. My dh is a teacher unable to get a full-time job here in PA; I work in the legal field and have made some positive connections in both cities.

What are the pros and cons of both cities? We have two kids so we'd want to have decent schools where we live. I would love to work downton, but we're pretty suburban so we'd live outside of the city (where I assume the schools are better). Is there a need for male elementary teachers in either or both places?

What does everyone like/dislike about the two areas? What are the similarities/big differences? We love the idea of smaller, coastal cities not too far from the shore. Feel free to give the good, bad, and ugly of both.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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It's hard to understand a place where a good qualified teacher can't find a job.
Savannah and Charleston are like two cousins. Same family, but some people like one better than the other.
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Old 07-06-2007, 05:01 PM
 
Location: The Beautiful Lowcountry of SC
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Which is the bigger city? How long of a drive is it between the two? I like the cousin analogy and can totally relate (i.e. Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland)

States like PA and MI and OH already have an abundance of teachers, but population decline is huge and less need for schools. In SW PA, the only thing that can truly help is having a connection somewhere. Sad, but true. The teachers here make a lot of money and don't like to retire for that very reason. For every 15,000 graduates with a teaching degree in PA, there's approximately 200-250 openings in school districts. Besides things like long cold winters and being close to my family (VA and FL), it's a big reason for us relocating.

We're heading to SC in the fall and wanted to look at both places in person. I'd love anymre input anyone has.
Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2007, 05:59 PM
 
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Savannah seems to have a shortage of teachers. I don't know about Charleston. And of course, where there's a shortage, the new teachers usually get the worse positions until they can move to more desirable positions.

I think the main difference between the two cities if you ignore the actual looks (I think Savannah is the most beautiful) is that Charleston is older and more proud of it. Savannah is more laid back.
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Port Wentworth (North)
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There is a big push to hire more male elementary teachers in Savannah-Chatham school system. I have seen a change in that most grades have atleast one male. It is not a novelty item any more

Charleston has a more old world look (narrow streets) like lower Manhattan but with two floor buildings. (and Savannah thinks she has a parking problem!!
Savannah is a planned city wide streets, grid layout, many parks and squares, lots of trees

Savannah and Charleston have a system of magnet programs and charter and specialty schools that take a bit of study to understand. if your children can get into them they are great.

Savannah-Chatham County, Georgia Public Schools
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Port Townsend, WA on Olympic Peninsula looking across at Van Couver Island.
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I. too, am assessing the pros and cons of Charleston vs Savannah. I am a high school English teacher and there are very few job opportunities in the Northwest where I currently live. I had a preconception of Charleston as the more historic, architecturally beautiful and Savannah being more or less ruined by the Civil War. But as I look online, Savanna seems to offer much in beauty, culture, cuisine (Starbucks?)and some interesting coastal islands. I'd be happy to teach in either city.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:37 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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No, Savannah wasn't ruined by the Civil War.

I like both cities too. You'll have to decide for yourself.
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Old 07-08-2007, 03:04 AM
 
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I too am looking at Savannah, Charleston and also Warner Robins. Housing seems to be less expensive in Savannah than in Charleston, and out in Warner Robins you'd be shocked at what $150,000 can get you. I am relocating to the south this winter (Novemberish) but haven't picked a city yet. Interesting to see that others are going through the same decision process. I was in Savannah about three years ago for a month or so, and loved the city. Big culture shock, since I am from rural Minnesota....but I liked Savannah very much.
- Adam
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:10 AM
 
Location: The Great City of Macon
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Someone from the Carolina forum posted this below.
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Originally Posted by Akhenaton06 View Post
Which city is more beautiful is a matter of opinion, but just about everything else you said is unsubstantiated, especially Savannah's economy being "much larger." In 2005 (the latest figures I could find), Charleston's gross metropolitan product (GMP) was $20.6 billion, whereas Savannah's was $13.02 billion (source). Also, Charleston outranked Savannah in Forbes latest "Best Places for Businesses and Careers" list and income growth (http://www.bizjournals.com/specials/pages/92.html - broken link) is much stronger in Charleston than it is in Savannah. To its credit, Savannah's economy appears to be growing faster than Charleston's, partlybecause Savannah's metro area is smaller than Charleston's.
Charleston COunty has a total population of 330,000 est. and Chatham County has a total population of 230,000 est. All together Charleston COunty has more people.

Charleston County has a land mass excluding water of 2,379 km ( squared ) and Chatham County has a land mass excluding water of 1,135 km ( squared ). All together Charleston County has more land. For the population of the two counties to be so close and for Chatham to be a smaller county by at least 1,000 km ( squared ) Chatham does have a great economy.

Also to tell the importance of the two economies, Savannah has been an International Airport for about as long as I've been living, and the goverment just declared Charleston's tiny Airport to be International. So to tell you the truth Savannah is really better overall. Scenary is great, people are friendly, and its just a overall better city. Both cities are great but Savannah just implements more of what people want. But thats just really the Georgia way of life.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Port Wentworth (North)
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mnishome

I lived in Mpls 75-79
Just change the Minnesota attitude towards Native Americans to African Americans
Lutherans for Southern Baptists
Over time the similarities became the real culture shock
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