[Chugalug] Nashville vs Atlanta

Nick Smith nick at nicksmith.us
Wed Aug 14 23:45:52 UTC 2013

That pretty much sums it up Andrew.

I would never live in the ATL.


On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 7:37 PM, Andrew Pierce <foomonkey at gmail.com> wrote:

> Last year, when trying to escape cubicle hell here in Chattanooga at a
> large disability insurance company, I was looking for other opportunities.
> Outside of Unum, BCBS, and TVA, Chattanooga IT jobs are scarce or do not
> pay very well (at least that is my experience with the Chattanooga job
> market). So, I looked in Atlanta. I found a GREAT company that offered me a
> job making more than I was making in my previous company, casual work
> environment, an annual bonus, health club membership, and my choice of a PC
> or Mac.
> However, while the cost of living is similar to Chattanooga, housing still
> was ridiculous by comparison. And yes, the state income tax takes a big
> chunk out of your paycheck. Yes, you can deduct that from your Federal
> taxes but that doesn't happen until April 15 every year.
> But the real deal killer was the traffic. I mean everywhere you go in
> Atlanta you deal with SHITTY traffic at all times of the day and every day
> of the week. I lived in Nashville for five years. While they have more
> traffic than Chattanooga, it is nothing compared to the hell that is
> Atlanta traffic.
> I have friends that live in Atlanta and are quite happy. But they tell me
> that they plan their day around traffic patterns. That just sucks.
> I am not trying to kill your desire for Atlanta but if I had to choose
> between Nashville and Atlanta, I would definitely go to Nashville. It is a
> big town with pro sports, entertainment, night life, and ample job
> opportunities without all the BS of Atlanta.
> My $0.02.
> Andrew
> On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM, Jon Stanford <jbirdvegas at aokp.co> wrote:
>> I've being offered positions in both Nashville and Atlanta.  Nashville
>> with Asurion mobile insurance company. They have a great training, so I
>> could use this position as a springboard into other career opportunities.
>> In Atlanta id be working with a Google partner to develop the next
>> generation smart TVs. I'm still waiting to get the offers in writing but
>> assuming they are comparable in pay I'm not sure where I would rather take
>> my family.
>> I wonder yalls thoughts on the two areas as both technology centers and
>> good for raising a family. Im also got the startup here but I have to think
>> about my family and the possible of a career. Either would be great career
>> opportunities. I'm just wondering about the areas.
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