Nashville vs Charlotte salaries

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    This quite possibly has been asked before, but does anyone know if the pay in Charlotte is markedly more than in Nashville on avg. My wife (who is also a nurse) and I were thinking about relocating to Nashville - actually I was completely sold on it, but my father has now moved to Rockhill, SC from Madisonville, TN (45 min south of Knoxville). Just at a glance, it appears that Charlotte is a bit more cosmopolitan than Nashville? And possibly the pay is similar to the Detroit area; opposed to Nashville, which I know pays less than Detroit area - but that wasn't going to stop me from fleeing this area . Just wondering if anyone could throw in their 2 or 3 cents on this.

    Thanks
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    I dont' know about pay, but I can comment on lifestyle. I grew up near Nashville and lived outside of Charlotte for several years. I currently live in East Tennesse, about equidistant from both cities.

    I disagree that Charlotte is more cosmopolitan. I think Charlotte is very "average" in terms of what a city that size has to offer. I often headed to smaller large towns around me to meet my needs rather than Charlotte because it felt very... forced. It hasn't been a large city for a very long time, so it lacks something unique, in my opinion. I'm sure I'm hurting some lifelong Charlotte residents' feelings and I'm sorry, but that was my experience. They have the banking industry and are attracting lots of people because of it.

    Still, Nashville has tons of character. Its an older city with a richer legacy, but it still maintains a cozy feel. I've heard it called "The New Austin" in terms of growth and "coolness." The music industry - beyond country and Christian music - is moving to Nashville. Lots of artistic, creative things have always been happening there. I'm not sure if that's your thing, but it appeals to me.

    Also, the landscape in Nashville is prettier than Charlotte, IMO, but neither city is bad. Nashville just has some beautiful rolling hills and natural beauty. Charlotte looks more industrial.

    As far as pay, I know that the COL in some areas around Nashville (extending to central and western KY, the rest of TN, north Alabama) is among the lowest in the nation. I would expect it to be a bit higher in Nashville because of its size, but I wouldn't expect it to be better than Charlotte for sure.

    Don't get me wrong, Charlotte is fine, but I guess the "more cosmopolitan" argument hooked me. Charlotte is close to Atlanta, Columbia, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, and the beach. I didn't meet a lot of people who were actually FROM Charlotte, but a lot of people moved in from elsewhere and loved it. It is probably more diverse in the truest sense of the word (in that it has more ethnic groups and nations represented). And if you're into Nascar, then its your town.

    I'll admit I'm completely and totally biased toward the south that's west of the Appalachians because its my home.

    HTH!
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    I dont' know about pay, but I can comment on lifestyle. I grew up near Nashville and lived outside of Charlotte for several years. I currently live in East Tennesse, about equidistant from both cities.

    I disagree that Charlotte is more cosmopolitan. I think Charlotte is very "average" in terms of what a city that size has to offer. I often headed to smaller large towns around me to meet my needs rather than Charlotte because it felt very... forced. It hasn't been a large city for a very long time, so it lacks something unique, in my opinion. I'm sure I'm hurting some lifelong Charlotte residents' feelings and I'm sorry, but that was my experience. They have the banking industry and are attracting lots of people because of it.

    Still, Nashville has tons of character. Its an older city with a richer legacy, but it still maintains a cozy feel. I've heard it called "The New Austin" in terms of growth and "coolness." The music industry - beyond country and Christian music - is moving to Nashville. Lots of artistic, creative things have always been happening there. I'm not sure if that's your thing, but it appeals to me.

    Also, the landscape in Nashville is prettier than Charlotte, IMO, but neither city is bad. Nashville just has some beautiful rolling hills and natural beauty. Charlotte looks more industrial.

    As far as pay, I know that the COL in some areas around Nashville (extending to central and western KY, the rest of TN, north Alabama) is among the lowest in the nation. I would expect it to be a bit higher in Nashville because of its size, but I wouldn't expect it to be better than Charlotte for sure.

    Don't get me wrong, Charlotte is fine, but I guess the "more cosmopolitan" argument hooked me. Charlotte is close to Atlanta, Columbia, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, and the beach. I didn't meet a lot of people who were actually FROM Charlotte, but a lot of people moved in from elsewhere and loved it. It is probably more diverse in the truest sense of the word (in that it has more ethnic groups and nations represented). And if you're into Nascar, then its your town.

    I'll admit I'm completely and totally biased toward the south that's west of the Appalachians because its my home.

    HTH!
    Sorry I'm just now seeing your reply. I took a break from obssessing about moving for awhile due to putting a tiny bit of strain on my relationship with my wife, so I left it alone for a bit and stopped looking at "Nashville stuff". Some weird stuff has happened recently to my wife in a sort of metaphysical sense (I said it was weird) and she's now completely sold on getting out of here as soon and smartly as we can. I did talk to my friend who has been a nurse in Charlotte for about 5 years now and she said she hates it, but does really like the town. After I found out NC was a right to work state and the stories she was telling me about how nurses are treated there I leaned toward my first choice, which has always been Nashville. You're right - it's freakin gorgeous in and around Nashville; from the landscape to the weather. The pay appears to be only slightly less than the Detroit area and in some cases the same or a wee bit more. We had looked pretty serious at Austin, but I'm not a fan of drought and tight water restrictions - I like to have a garden and fun landscaping. I have a good feeling about moving to Nashville, but we have a lot of work ahead of us - namely securing solid positions with comparable wages to what each of us is making now and short selling the house (her house actually - she bought it just as we started to date in early '07). Anyway, thank you for your honesty and insight into both locales. I hope you actually get this.

    Thanks again,

    Andy


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