Can you believe it’s been more than six months since we moved from DC to Nashville? Wow. That was fast.
Quick recap of events over the past year: Anthony and I got married, I quit my job and traveled/freelanced for a while, he got a job offer in Nashville, I got a job offer in Nashville, we moved to Nashville and started our jobs, lived with my parents, then lived in a hotel after my parents sold their house, then bought our own house. And now we’re here. Phew!Before I did a “so how’s it living in Nashville after DC?” post I wanted to give ourselves plenty of time to settle in. Six months is definitely not long enough to really get to know a place — but we’re getting there! Now that we finally have our own home and are starting to make some friends, I’m feeling pretty alright living down South again. (background story – Nashville is my hometown)
So when it comes to living in DC vs. Nashville, which do I like better? Here’s a totally biased and unscientific comparison of the two:
- Cost of living: Nashville. It’s way more affordable to live here (especially if we’re talking about real estate). That being said, we’ve have a lot of expenses here we didn’t have in the past: like cars and all the costs associated with a multi-bedroom house that you don’t think about when you have an one-bedroom apartment (ex: security system, yard equipment, and 4x the furniture). But we also blew a lot more $$ on happy hour in DC. ha.
- Ease of living: DC (for now). We both worked shorter hours (I know, surprising!) in DC, everything was within walking/metro distance, and we had fewer chores and bills in DC.
- People: Tie. I’ve got to say that strangers are definitely nicer in Nashville and that people are more laid-back. BUT I had a lot of awesome friends in DC, and it will take at least a year to build friendships like that here!
- Family: Nashville. Most of my immediate family is within an hour or so. Woohoo!
- Running: DC. Though I had an awesome running club in DC and have an awesome club here, the routes in DC are pretty hard to beat.
- Food: Tie! I don’t know. Nashville has some pretty great restaurants and DC does too. DC has more variety, but at the same time, DC restaurants were a bit more full of themselves than Nashville restaurants. I like the lower-key vibe of the food scene here — and the Nashville Food Bloggers have been awesome.
- Blogging: DC. There were a lot more fitness/running bloggers in DC – in Nashville, I’ve yet to find more than a couple!
- Work: Nashville. My job here is more exciting and has a much more diverse workload than my old job in DC.
- Getting around town: TIE. This is the hardest thing to decide! I had a love/hate relationship with public transport in DC, but at the same time really enjoyed not having to worry about a car. Now that I have a car, I do love it (mostly because I have portable storage, so I can lug around multiple meals/outfits/stuff at once and not have to carry it all in massive bags). But I suck at parking, so… that’s not fun.
- Music: Nashville. Duh.
So there’s the breakdown. Final commentary: Honestly, it wasn’t the easiest move for me at first because it was sort of weird moving back home and I really missed my friends and life in DC. But, I think the past couple months in Nashville have been really good to us (minus the food poisoning that we got on Sunday and are still fighting…blergh) and I’m feeling a lot more at home in my hometown again. Yay!
- When was the last time you moved?
- DC readers: would you ever live in the South?
- Nashville readers: would you ever live in the North?