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Making $100k/year: would you rather be working in Manhattan or Nashville, TN?

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NYC I would die if someone made me live away from the water.
 

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Originally Posted by A.K.A.
Nashville has it hands down over Manhattan for someone earning $100K a year.

1. TN - no state income tax
2. TN - very likely you can find great housing on your salary and live close to work
3. TN - beautiful women, two universities, great hospitals, fresh air, live music scene (all genres)
4. TN - you can own a car here, and it won't cost $600 a month to store it in a garage
4. TN - advantageous tax structure, again. NY/NJ will crush you on every tax
5. TN - easy access to airport means you can fly to NYC whenever you want

I travel to both places with enough frequency so I am familiar with both culture aspects of either city, at no age would I choose NYC and the surrounding area. Really, today what you can't find locally in goods can easily be delivered by UPS or FedEx. People are the same everywhere. Nashville is a very cosmopolitan southern city. NYC has tall buildings, teaming masses, ridiculous traffic, and high taxes; I can see what is so appealing about that.



TN colleges give you in-state tuition even if you've only been in the state a few hours.
 

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Some of the things people who've never been there think about Nashville make me laugh. In Nashville, you're 4 hours away from the smokies. 60k isn't anything to shout about in Nashville, and at 100k you definitely have the money to live pretty well, but not to the degree that some people in this thread seem to believe. Furthermore, saying that the music scene in Nashville is all country or whatever is ridiculous. Nashville is big in the music industry, for all kinds of music.

Also, seconding what someone said about Tennessee being south but not really south. Its not really like the deep south, ie GA, AL, MI, LA. I like Nashville, its a great place. And yes, the Parthenon is way cool.
 

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I've spent a lot of time in NYC. Would not want to live there under any circumstances. So I chose Nashville. But, in reality, if I was forced to make that decision in real life, I'd choose NYC.
 

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Originally Posted by Quatsch
Some of the things people who've never been there think about Nashville make me laugh. In Nashville, you're 4 hours away from the smokies. 60k isn't anything to shout about in Nashville, and at 100k you definitely have the money to live pretty well, but not to the degree that some people in this thread seem to believe. Furthermore, saying that the music scene in Nashville is all country or whatever is ridiculous. Nashville is big in the music industry, for all kinds of music.

Also, seconding what someone said about Tennessee being south but not really south. Its not really like the deep south, ie GA, AL, MI, LA. I like Nashville, its a great place. And yes, the Parthenon is way cool.


QFT. Compared to Alabama. Mississippi and Louisiana you could almost say that Nashville has an almost midwestern sensibility about it. And the music scene is very diverse. Many, including myself, consider Nashville the music capitol of the country. I live 6 blocks from one of the biggest and most talented music venues in Chicago and Nashville has never failed to impress. In the summer time anyway, you can hear great live rock music until 2 or 3AM any day of the week...Monday, Tuesday, etc. I can't say the same about Chicago.
 

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Born, raised and lived in NY for a year after college before moving away and though there would be some downsides, I would have to go with Nashville. A $300K house in Nashville is a $1M house on Long Island and lord knows how much in midtown ($3M?). You can't buy a $1M house on a $100K paycheck.
 

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Thanks for all the information and comments. Nashville has had more support than I expected.

Going in for face to face interviews in both cities this week.

I'd love to live in Manhattan, but the kind of house you can buy in Nashville for ~300k is pretty amazing. Both are appealing, for totally different reasons.
 

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Talk on Style Forum often seems to be very "big city" oriented (and obviously there is a lot of NYC discussion on here), and so I never would have expected the poll results to be a dead heat. Interesting.
 

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Nashville takes the lead!
 

Joe E Taleo

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That's disappointing, I voted for Manhattan, and we're still one vote back.

And someone said you can't live in Manhattan on 100k- crazy, of course you can.
 

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My cousin lives beside central park (I assume people from nyc know what this means because I don't) on a 100k salary and she gets tons of vacations because new yorker's are so baller. She works in Nashville on weekdays and has been doing so since she was in her 20s, she chose NYC because it was between home and Nashville and she told me Nashville is boring. Probably doesn't mesh with our culture.
 

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