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Phoenix, AZ VS. Nashville, TN

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Hi All,

I'm debating a move to Nashville, TN from Phoenix, AZ and wanted to get a little insight from others (always good to bounce ideas around.) I've never lived in Nashville and am actually planning my very first trip there in anout a week to first be a tourist and secondly, to consider if it might be a place I can put some roots down.

Driving this decision is the possible opportunities of making a brand new life for myself and my family. I'm a single mother of two (15 y/o son & 7 y/o daughter). I'm considering establishing "home" outside of Nashville in Lebanon where I do have some extended family and planned to find a job within metro Nashville and commute. From what I have learned, I am really impressed with the area and what Tennessee can offer us that I feel is lacking in Phoenix.

We currently live in North Phoenix in a busier neighborhood because it is close to my son's school. I'm not entirely impressed with the school system here (kids have gone to charter schools for the last 8 years, this is the first year I've had to deal with a public school.) The neighborhood is a bit pricey so we're curently renting an apartment, which I'm also not very thrilled about (2 major police visits in the last 3 months.) The economy in Phoenix also seems to be weakening as we're looking to be taxed even more than we are now and jobs seem to be growing scarcer - I will be laid-off within the next couple of months which has really made me consider that Phoenix may no longer be the right place for us. Outside of that, I miss being in a place with real seasons and rain. Before moving to Phoenix some 10 years ago, we lived in Dallas, so that's the basis of comparison to this point. There have been a few times I've caught my kids watching the weather channel hoping for a cloudy day!

Phoenix is a bit of a paradise though and I know I will miss the scenery. Plus, we have much closer family here and the kids have friends here. However, I honestly feel a better life could be provided to them in a place that is more family-focused and less hedonistic with a bit of a smaller community atmosphere surrounded by more friendly people. I guess that would be my biggest complaint of Phoenix - that in 10 years of living here I've never really known my neighbors, not because I didn't try to introduce & be friendly, but people here keep very much to themselves and aren't interested in anyone around them.

This would be a monumental change for us, so I'm curious to hear from anyone who may have lived in one or the other with or without kids and what your experiences are/were. Would you recommend living in Phoenix or Nashville? Why/why not?

I appreciate any and all feedback. If you made it this far, a BIG thanks!
- Jenna

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