[Chugalug] Nashville vs Atlanta

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Wed Aug 14 23:52:21 UTC 2013

I gave the ATL a shot in 2002 after the dot-com bubble and 9/11. If you can
work around the traffic or just stick to the 'burbs, it's manageable. But
I'd go to Nashville first.

That said, there is an abundance of tech jobs in the Colorado Front Range.
And while we do have state income tax, we also have only a few bad traffic
spots. The worst traffic being Friday afternoons on I-70 heading to the ski
resorts. But that says a lot about Colorado right there...

And if it matters at all to you, marijuana is legal here too!


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM, Nick Smith <nick at nicksmith.us> wrote:

> That pretty much sums it up Andrew.
> I would never live in the ATL.
> +1
> 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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