Hi! We're looking to relocate and one of our possibilities is Gadsden. We are living in Idaho right now and it's WAY TOO COLD! We used to live in California and loved the weather and the landscape but can't stand the high cost of living, the crime, the crazy politics etc.... Ended up in Idaho for work and can't wait to leave for warmer climes! Anyways, we have chosen to head down south but want to find the "right" place for our interests. We love camping, fishing, hiking, boating. Love the mountains, the nice green areas with lots of trees and water but also need a place where my 3 kids can go to decent schools and even have college opportunities and of course need to make a living. Husband is a truck mechanic (big rigs) so we would need plenty of trucking nearby for possible jobs. Would consider near Birmingham but have a feeling that it's just too much city for us unless we could live outside of it without feeling like we are in the city.
If anyone has any opinions at all, I would love to hear them. I can't wait to live somewhere greener and warmer jut need to get more info since we've never been in the area.
Gadsden is a wonderful little town. You're right,Birmingham is really crowded. I would recommend North Alabama for you. The Huntsville/Decatur areas have all that you have listed in your criteria. I personally live in a small town outside of Decatur called Hartselle. Several large trucking companies are in the area and this is also a hub for the Wal-Mart distribution center and the Target distribution center.
I suggest going to www.al.com and getting a look at job listings. Also, my local paper is www.decaturdaily.com
As far as schools, I prefer Hartselle over Decatur or Huntsville. There is less crowding in the school rooms and this little town takes a lot of pride in our accomplishments in the schools (academically and atheletically).
College choices in the area include, UAH (University of Alabama-Huntsville), Calhoun Community College, Wallace State Community College and approx. 1 hour away in the Florence area there is UNA (University of North Alabama)
What ages are your kids? What are their interests? If I can help, please let me know.
Gadsden is a great city. I have traveled the world TWICE and I still came back. Low cost of living, low crime, scenic views. I would recommend southside. Thats where I LIVE. We have a very good school system. But there are other good schools out there. My advice? Southside, Hokes Bluff,Glencoe. We are surrounded by I-59 & I-20, so the job opportunities are there. Plus, we get NO snow! LOL..
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