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Travel and Relocation in the Deep South: Nashville and Savannah

Updated on November 1, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Historic Civil War Headstones in Savanah GA.
Historic Civil War Headstones in Savanah GA. | Source

Relocation To the Southeast USA

A reader wrote in with a question about where to live: Can anyone give me information about moving to another state like Tennessee or Georgia? (Nashville or Savannah).

Nashville and Savannah are two of my favorite southern cities and either is a good place to live for singles, families, and seniors. When considering relocation to a new city, a number of factors are important.

Among the most important are cost of living, crime rates, physical size and population size of the city, businesses and services available there, public transportation, school systems, the local job market, and some others. Visitor attractions, night life, and the art scene are also often deciding factors in a move. Nashville and Savannah are different in many of these elements.

Forsyth Park in Savannah. The fountain was built inn 1858, pre-Civil War.
Forsyth Park in Savannah. The fountain was built inn 1858, pre-Civil War. | Source

Deep South Differences

A large difference between Nashville and Savannah is that Savannah is part of the Historic Deep South and its economy is largely based in the Port of Savannah on the Atlantic Ocean, the US military in the area, and Tourism.

Nashville offers more jobs than Savannah has listed and its economy is based in small and large business ventures as well as the Music and Entertainment Industries and the Port of Nashville on the Cumberland River. A vibrant fine arts culture has establised itself and rapidly expanded in the 2010's.

Nashville has received many awards from financial, economic, retirement, and travel magazines and organizations in the 2000s. For instance, named the city to its Top 25 for Work and Business in 2009 and 9th Best Place to Retire in America in 2011. Black Enterprise magazine puts it at 4th Best Place to Retire in 2011.

Nashville TN and Savannah GA are 500 miles apart

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Port of Savannah and Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Ship is sailing down the Savannah River past the Savannah Historic District.Riverboat tours are popular.
Port of Savannah and Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Ship is sailing down the Savannah River past the Savannah Historic District.
Port of Savannah and Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Ship is sailing down the Savannah River past the Savannah Historic District. | Source
Riverboat tours are popular.
Riverboat tours are popular. | Source

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The Chatham County Seat, Savannah, offers a gorgeous Historic District of the Antebellum South with mansions, parks, and reenactment events carrying out the history of the Civil War for visitors.

The city is the home of Food Network's Paula Dean and her various cooking shows as well. The Port of Savannah is a transportation and shipping hub of he first order and military installations like Hunter Army Airfield are contributors to the economy. The International Paper Company has had a large presence in Savannah ever since The Great Depression, when agriculture (cotton and others) began to decline.

Savannah encourages small business enterprises via a number of long-term development programs and expects population growth to meet or exceed an additional 140,000 between 2000 - 2030. The cost of living in Savannah is found to be one of the lowest of major East Coast cities in America and lower than the national average.

Living in Savannah

Savannah Apartments - Savannah, Georgia Apartment and Houses

Nashville on th Cumberland River
Nashville on th Cumberland River | Source


Nashville is the county seat of Davidson County and its Chamber of Commerce reports that the city enjoys a low cost of living compared to the national average (lower than Savannah as well), no personal city income tax, a diverse population that has access to affordable living spaces, a well developed arts and cultural community, historic venues, outstanding regional healthcare services, great schools K-12 and post-secondary (24 colleges and universities), and many outdoor recreational activities.

The climate is described as seasonal and warmer overall than the Midwest, but cooler on average, than Savannah to the south.

Transportation is outstanding in this city, with an international airport, rail service from an inter-modal hub, and water transport from the Cumberland River throughout the Midwest and South. The number of passengers per year has increased from 2004 - 2008 by a million people up to 9 million per year in 2008 - 2010.

Living in Nashville

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Broadway in NashvilleTennessee Titans in NashvilleGrand Old Opry
Broadway in Nashville
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Tennessee Titans in Nashville
Tennessee Titans in Nashville | Source
Grand Old Opry
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City Comparisons in 2016

Metro Population: 607,500+
Metro Population: 130,800+
Housing Cost of Living: 93% of national average
Housing Cost of Living: 78% of national average
Number of Jobs: 55,000 listings, over double that of 2011
Number of Jobs: 8,000+ ; up from 5,200 in 2011
HIGH DEMAND JOBS: NURSES: RNs and LPNs, Sales and Customer Service Jobs, Physical and occupational Therapists. Truck Drivers, Project Managers, Fast Food Crew, .Net and Java Developers, Managers, Supervisors, Pharmacy Technicians, Business Analysts.
HIGH DEMAND JOBS: CDL Truck Drivers, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Event Specialists, Sales and Customer Service Jobs, Truck Drivers, Pharmacy Technicians, Supervisors, Pizza Management and Crew Jobs.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016

Increasing Job Listings in a Good Economy

Savanah jobs listings increased significantly in 2008 - 2009, but Nashville listings rose higher in 2010 - 2011. By late 2018, especially with booming economy in Nashville, the Tennessee community had at least 27,000 jobs to fill and Savannah offered about 8,000 job listings.

Although fewer job openings exist in Savannah, the cost of living is lower than for Nashville in several categories. The Savannah cost of living index for housing is the lowest of any (groceries, utilities, etc.) at 78% of the national average.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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