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The 50 Best Small Southern Towns Paperback – March, 2001

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Business manager Sweitzer and educational consultant Fields have both given seminars on retirement and living in small towns. In this useful guidebook for anyone planning to move South and live in a small town here defined as any urban settlement with up to 25,000 inhabitants the authors picked 50 locations after considering the following criteria: recreation, cultural housing, employment, education, healthcare, spiritual life, media resources, and location. The guide is arranged alphabetically by state (Alabama, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia) and by town within each state. Each entry includes a description of the criteria and statistical charts that give details on the climate, the cost of living, median incomes, taxes, and nearest cities. Also included is a helpful appendix that indicates college towns, the geographical setting of each town, population, and more. Recommended for public libraries. George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"[This book] gives you the basis for an insightful decision. It offers true enlightenment in a truly fascinating manner." -- Jay Conrad Levinson, author of the GUERILLA MARKETING series of books

“The book will help readers make a positive, quality lifestyle change...without being isolated geographically, electronically, educationally, culturally and healthfully.” -- Michael J. Dziak, President of InteleWorks, Inc. and co-author of TELECOMMUTING SUCCESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STAYING IN THE LOOP WHILE WORKING AWAY FROM THE OFFICE

“This book makes me want to pack up and move to one of these towns! Excellent resource.” -- Janet Luhrs, publisher of THE SIMPLE LIVING JOURNAL; author of THE SIMPLE LIVING GUIDE and SIMPLE LOVING

“This book unquestionably provides the most comprehensive guide for identifying the best small towns in the Southeast. A great effort!” -- Harry S. Dent, Jr., author of THE ROARING 2000’S

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156145253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561452538
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,641,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Most people spend more time planning where to spend their vacations than they do deciding where to spend their lives (or their retirements). Fortunately for us, the authors of this book have done a huge portion of the legwork for us: finding the best small southeastern towns, evaluating them through a set of clearly defined and excellent criteria, visiting each one, and gathering relevant information to help us not only decide where to go, but to also help us connect to the community once we get there. I would be lost without this book, not even knowing where to begin. The books is also well-written, engaging in style, and easy to use. For example, you can skip sections you're less interested in because there are frequent headers common for each town, and you can also search towns by state, climate, geography (e.g., coast or mountains), and other factors of interest.
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This informative volume describes a number of towns that would otherwise surely go unnoticed by the non-Southerner. Basic population, economic and climate data are followed by descriptive sections on recreation, housing, health resources, and the like. An occasional anecdote or personal interview might have added a bit of color, but this is a more complete book than most others about those charming, artistic, or undiscovered places we want to find out about, and it may be the only one of its kind on the South. I am happy to own it.
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This is a very handy, concise and yet comprehensive guide to help in your search for that delightful Southern town offers good quality of life and yet within reach of a city's conveniences.
There are useful statistical highlights, Cost Of Living index and web links. The books provide information on the community, eateries, attractions,education,etc.
I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a guidebook to assist in their search for a delightful town to re-locate and live.
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