Tn Is The Worst State In The Us

Tn. people are the rudest people I have ever encountered. To make a long story short, my family and I  lived most of our lives in Ga. where southern values and mutual respect for others was just a way of life. Then we moved to PA due to my husband's job transfer. Pa was AWESOME, people were so nice and caring, polite and friendly to us southerners. It was an awesomely beautiful state. We loved it. Then, wanting to get closer to family in Ga. because my Dad was ill, my husband took a job in TN. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!! These are the rudest people I have ever encountered. I work as an RN and the people I work with are gossipy,
 mean and hateful. They talk about  everyone behind their back but are their best friend to their face. I hate it here. This is the most backwark state, nothing to do unless you like country music, tatoos, drinking and brawling (women included), screwing someone elses partner (no one's married, just having kids together, maybe their brother's or father"s) Oh, and everyone has a pierced lip, tongue, eyebrow, nipple, whatever. Disgusting.
People here will cut you off in traffic, give you the "bird" if you are going the speed limit and cut in front of you if you're waiting for someone to pull out of a parking space, then cuss you and call you names when you confront them in a polite manner.
I'm getting out of this AWFUL, BACKWARD ,HATEFUL state as soon as I can!!!
janbeasley2001 janbeasley2001 56-60 43 Responses Sep 14, 2010

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You are full of crap. You're rant is nothing but a bunch of lies. Please, please get the heck out of our wonderful state and move as far away as you can.

Uh, did any of you, you know, try and leave the cities? I was (regrettably) born in Knoxville, but I have lived most of my life in Maryville, a small town about 15 miles south of there, nestled right between the tennessee valley and the appalachian mountains, and all I can say is I love it here. I have traveled all over the country, and have visited almost all seven continents, but something always draws me back here....the primal beauty of the landscape, the hospitality of the people, there really is nothing to not like about the eastern part of the state, other than the open festering wound that is knoxville. Come here and see, it's beautiful. the people are beautiful. I think you just had a bad experience.

Jan: I am a realist-positivist (meaning i explain reality just how it is) and you are a realist as well, because what you said about the behaviour patterns of most Tennessee citizens is 100% correct. I don't hate the people here of Knoxville, TN i just pitty them. Because they are their worst enemies, that behaviour pattern of most Tennesseans is what sociologists called "The poverty trap" or "The viscious circle of poverty". My friend we won't be able to change the negative pessimist hateful behaviour patterns of most Tennesseans without a left-wing revolution. Because those ultra-individualist, racist, fascist, hateful behaviour patterns of most Tennesseans are 100% fascistic ultra-right wing in nature of both parties Democratic Party and the republican party (2 fascist, racist, classist ultra-right wing political parties), just like the fascists who overthrew the Ukranian government. And again: The people of Tennessee will continue using tattoos, acting stupid, hating people as long as The Democratic Party and The Republican Party continue in political power. Only a left-wing political revolution can change Tennessee people into loving people like John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Mandela and really loving humans !!

Hey people if you live in Tennessee, join the Green Party and do not vote for Democrats and Republicans. All changes in our lives must be done thru politics, we are political animals like Aristotle said and without a revolutionary political change, Tennessee and the people of Tennessee will be the same. Obama and Republicans are oligarchic parties, what we need is a workers party like the green party that would change the philosophy of life of the whole USA, which is a narcissisist "You are on your own" philosophy of life. And what we need is a philosophy of life in America based on love, mutualism, cooperativism, solidarity and unity. Not this damn evil system of living where people hate each other

All I can say is that Tennessee needs a political revolution. Only a radical change can destroy all the negative behaviour patterns of the state of Tennessee and of the whole USA. We have to be scientific folks. Karl Marx said that the oppressed tend to emulate the behaviour patterns of the oppressor ruling classes

Clearly you've never been to California....

Dude you are drunk as crap every thing you said here is false

Sounds like NY, haha

Nashville is an uncultured overpriced wanna-be city. I moved here in early 2013. The months that followed were shocking. There are so many monopolies (electric company, cable--Comcast, landlord rights that defy law), and the families that own the liquor stores which prevent major stores from coming into Nashville, which would create thousands of jobs and more sales taxes for the city, is stifling the economy.The politics are shockingly backwards, especially for the prices you have to pay in order to live in a decent clean apartment. The apartments are generally VERY old, ghetto, and in disrepair. It is a real problem.I was shocked when I moved here. The city does not even try to hide its corruptness--politicians are clearly getting paid off to keep the old policies in effect which prevent any new and better ways of doing things. The locals are either backwards, and or snobby. Even the wealthy are shockingly stupid for the most part.Likewise, I have never lived in a city with so many down-trodden depressed people. The middle class is effectively dead in this city. Incidentally, Tennessee has taken the crown from Oklahoma as the meth capital (2013) and it is also the "pain pill capital". Much to be proud of considering the snobbiness and arrogance of the city.The cost of living is literally higher than the national average on rents, food, veterinarian services, dry cleaning, and so on. But what do you get in return for the high prices? Humidity. Bugs. Ignorance. Uncultured snobs, no real culture other than Southern, and so on. I moved here from Los Angeles looking for a lower cost of living in a smaller pleasant city. I am paying only 200 dollars less for my apartment, and about $100 dollars a month more in utilities. I am ONLY saving $100 a month and this is because I got rid of cable after Comcast kept padding my bills. So I save $100 a month for leaving LA, and I was just 3 miles from the beach with rent control. Sickening. The old apartments here are in decay. They are disgraceful, and they fill the Nashville market. It is ridiculously overpriced for the ghetto-style housing that you get. Am I saving money for my costly move across country? Hardly? Is the traffic better than Los Angeles? Somewhat, but it is getting bad now, as Nashville is the number one growing city in the nation of its size. Nashville stole that crown from Austin. Even the wealthy tend to be ignorant and small-minded unless they are the handful that are in the film industry, which seem to have some savviness. Others, including the wealthy (who have no excuse to be so ignorant) seem to think all black people are "ghetto", which is most certainly not the case. One only needs to step foot out of their own prejudices to realize this. Or travel. There are brilliant smart black people all over the country, the world. I recently heard that Nashville was voted the 3rd snobbiest city in the nation in 2013. I can attest to this. Ignorance and arrogance go hand and hand here, no matter what walk of life Nashvilians come from. But to be snobby one should at least have some actual superiority to support it. Not the case.I came here SO excited, and I actually grew to hate Nashville within the first five months of living here. My Canadian neighbor (dual citizenship) is super cool--she also hates Nashville. Once she finishes her residency, she will also be leaving the state. Ironically, I grew up in Tennessee, so if anything, I should be partial to the city. I tried to love it. There are not many good, really good restaurants, just a lot of corporate chains. There are NO great restaurants, a virtual lack of ethnic restaurants. Nashville has an overall lack of culture other than Southern. Where are the great museums and galleries, the excellent restaurants? They simply do not exist. The one contemporary art museum is the Frist, and it is tiny. You can "do it" in an hour, two at the most. A real joke. There is simply a deficit in worldliness here. Junker fast food joints which are EVERYWHERE. Churches are everywhere. Quick loan places are everywhere (the real sign of a depressed economic population. The humidity is another drawback. It is atrocious. Nashville is fine to visit if you are into the country music scene downtown. And there are plenty of cool (wilderness and historical) areas to visit which surround the city. Chattanooga seems nice, but it is also a depressed area once you leave the downtown region, which is tiny and EXPENSIVE. Nashville is stuck up and yet it has not grown up to compete with the big boys. Austin is not this way. Nor is Los Angeles (which has its own set of problems), nor is New York City or Portland or Atlanta. They are all vibrant places full of culture and progressive living. Nashville is just plain backwards and it is way way behind the rest of the country in terms of healthy variety. The reviews I read, and I read MANY, prior to moving here, made it sound like paradise. But other than housing prices (which ARE rising) and the historical surrounding areas, there is nothing else good I can say about the place. Folks are NUTS about guns. MANY survivalists and "preppers" are ready for revolution and the end of the world. And the politics are ULTRA conservative. I don't trust any radicals on either side of that fence. I am an independent. But the Rush Limbaugh followers are everywhere. It is frightening and simply ignorance. The majority of Nashvilians are too blinded and short-sided (even the wealthy) to realize that the Rush show is nothing more than entertainment and money making hype, the money going to HIM. Yet it touts a cult-like following. This is the same Rush that was addicted to Oxycontin, and had his poor maid illegally getting his drugs so his name would not get busted. Good guy? Hardly. This is a man to worship? Just like Nashville, Rush makes a point to DIVIDE people and not bring them together. Radicals are scary. So, there you have it. I could go on, but you get the gist. And if you disagree with me, good for you. You clearly grew up here and you know no better. Or your expectations are so low you are blinded by your own short vision and lack of experiencing worlds outside of your tiny one. I do want to add that there is a beautiful park in the middle of the city, my very favorite place to be when I am not working. But similar to Detroit and Tiajuana and other mean cities, you will often see stray animals wandering the streets aimlessly. I have rescued a number of them, but honestly, it seems like NOBODY gives a damn about life, other than their own selfish wants and needs. That is VERY backwards and NOT very humanitarian. I am ashamed to say I grew up in this state, which was once beautiful and at least politically divided almost evenly. The Repubs have taken over, and being an independent, I do not like either party, but the Repubs are vicious in their practices and cult-like following. Scary. They remind me of the radical muslims--our way or NO way. Screw that. I hate such pompousness in any human, much less a political party. And if you are not like "them", there is no room for you. Other cultures that move here are clearly not welcome. BEWARE. Sophisticated cosmopolitan worldly types should also not come here. You will not be welcome. As an aside, when I give the European kiss as a greeting, which is a quick kiss on each cheek of the recipient, I have literally been chastised as to "why do you do that"? WOW. Who complains about that, a friendly greeting. And the disgruntled protest came from a VERY wealthy older Jewish woman, who clearly should be more worldly and open-minded, especially considering she is a HUGE minority here. There are supposedly only 9000 Jews in the whole state. That also shocked me. But it makes sense. But again, WHO complains about a friendly greeting? A snobby arrogant Southern woman does, despite her being a minority that is surely would not accept if not for her money... Maybe in another 30 years Nashville will "get it", but by then, America will have pretty much eaten itself alive. So who even knows what will be out there once the dollar is no longer the currency of the world. I now hate Nashville and all that it represents, and it is not because I wanted to. Cie la vie.

At least your in the city. I live in a small little town called Smithville and believe me there is not one damn thing in it. Living in the south sucks (excluding Florida). Floridians aren't even considered by a good majority of southern people to be southerners. They say it's the southern most northern state, I suppose it's because there's allot of people from the north that have moved there over the years. Many moons ago I was assigned to Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro NC while I did an enlistment in the Air Force and you know that should have taught me that I don't like living in the south (again excluding Florida). Not every darn sole but a again a good majority don't care for anyone outside there local group. Dear lord there's a lot of them that still relate to the rebs and those darn yankees, believe me I'm not kidding you a bit. I've lived in three southern states and a good percentage of the so called southern fried country foke feel this way. Anyway what can I say, no one made me move here, I did it myself. Hey does anyone want to buy a house.

I don't think this was meant as an opportunity for you to write a book of fiction.

I don't understand why so many people are downing Tennessee. Yes just like any other state we have crime. Other states have areas that are bad, with bad schools, and fake people. Its not just the way of Tennesseans its the way of America. I was born and raised here in Middle Tennessee, and why I see its quirks, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Southern Hospitality is at its finest in middle tn. Everyone says hi to everyone whether you know them or not. You hold doors for others, you respect your elders, and your parents. IN many other states, you a hold a door and they look at you like your stupid. You see kids walking around talking about how insane their parents are you get on social media and see kids posting about going off on their parents and how their ****** people and everything else. Here most kids would be smacked if they ever did any of that. At least where I'm at. And the driving??? Compared to a lot of other states the driving here is great. I have been to Chicago, and many other places around the US and in those states I have been too I have seen so many people just cutting people off, people getting over with maybe half a foot between them and the car their cutting off. if you ask me the driving here is superb. The schools, are all pretty decent, now there are those select schools that I wouldn't dare place my child in but that's not any different in any other state. So before you all try to judge a place, after being here for only a couple of years, why don't you give it a chance, and look at the positive sides. Trust me there are more positive sides to Tennessee then there are negative. Just saying..

You know there's more to being kind to someone than just saying hello, or holding the door open for an individual. That's fantastic being polite like that and I tip my hat to those who do that. But now let's take it alittle further and and establish a friendship with someone that wasn't born and raised in this local. I could give you many examples but this one has always reminded me of how many southern people treat the so called outsider......this person and his wife own and operate a buisness in town that involves always being around the public and you know he said I've never once been asked to come over to someone's place for any kind of social event, ya know like maybe a damn cookout. Again it's not everyone but it is the feeling of the majority.

i am being cyber bullied by the people here and they are not letting me work for more than a month and in some cases, a week.
i cant escape.
people that i have never seen before yell terrible things from their cars when they see me and honk loudly. i never did anything to these people.

I moved to Nashville in January 2007, to work for a company downtown Nashville (tallest building downtown) hint hint, and let's just say, IT WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! Not only was I in an abusive relationship at home, which is another story I will explain. But at my job, females (mainly supervisors) hated me so much (BECAUSE I DIDN'T MINGLE IN THEIR FAKE CROWD) they all talked about each other telling each others business, yet they were best friends..... and were so nosey, they were reading my text messages and emails from my PERSONAL CELLPHONE. They would have other co-workers walk by my desk and repeat things that were on my cellphone. So when this was being done, I was texting everything I could think of under the moon to make someone mad enough to want to come up and say something to me. Of course when I asked different people what was going on, and why were people reading my text messages and emails, their response was "I don't know what you are talking about" , then when I went to my supervisor, his response was "maybe someone is trying to find out something about you" WOOOW!!!!!!! For real??? Then I went to my floor manager and her response was, "I think you are low maintenance" and then said "do I know you?" I told her "I'm sorry I dont come in to work wearing Gucci shoes everyday", so where our conversation was going was no where.... later that day my ex-boyfriend calls me, and tells me he is going to the mall and buying some Gucci shoes....I'm now thinking what is going on? Yet no one will say anything. After transferring to another floor (ahhhh away from the haters), and away from my abusive ex-boyfriend, it's like things were perfect in my life for once. But it's like the floor I originally came from, had put some sort of spell or voodoo on me (having evil spirits following me. I started hearing these voices in my head, and on my personal cellphone. Now two years later, I'm still hearing my supervisors voice, as well as my ex-boyfriends voice. Him saying how the people at this company voodoo'd me, and all this back and forth non-sense. In the end, i feel my ex-boyfriend was prejudice, my ex-supervisors were prejudice..... I am a very light skin, black woman, I felt I wasn't dark enough for some of the other black females I worked with (on my old floor only) and was too dark skin for the white females on the floor. I just highly recommend anyone who maybe considering moving to Nashville Tn, PLEASE DONT GO THERE!!!!! I wish these post on this website could be spread all over the world....

They are phony,phony, phony, phony, phony, phony, phony,phony,phony, PHONY! Everything about them is phony. Their FAKE Christianity. (If Jesus was anything like them, I'd drive the nails myself). Their FAKE Southern Hospitality. The real south has hospitality and manners, not these foot stomping redneck hillbillies. It's just another ruse to get their hand into your pocket.

They have sex with their own kids. Nashville is the hub in the south for child ***********. The Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, and others, own all the chi chi (Mexican slang) bars on Printer's Alley in Nashville. FAKE! They should change the state slogan from 'the volunteer state' to the 'not one original idea so we just follow blindly' state.

The ones with an education but no travel experience, other than some 10-city in one week European tours, are the worst. They live here because underneath their FAKE civility, they are just as redneck as the rest of the state and uncomfortable around civilized people in other places. Their nesting instinct never goes beyond a 200 mile radius for a domicile. They have the new comers fooled into thinking they are different from the baby banging white trash around them, and YET................. the cities never get cleaned up, the buildings never get painted, the air pollution is blamed on Kentucky, the arson is constantly prevalent without punishment, and the political graft never stops. I call them 'Hillbilly Elite'. Yes, it is an oxymoron.

Worst state in the United States as far as the people go. The bad outnumber the good ones here. As soon as the estate settles, I'm gone so don't bother letting your redneck show by rudely telling me to leave. Can't wait! The state is chock full of liars and thieves. If they ever read the Old Testament in their Christian Bibles, they would know what God had to say about liars and thieves. It's also a welfare state and half the people are on drugs or lying about their disability courtesy of the corrupt physicians here. Horrible. Just do the rest of the planet a favor and never, EVER leave the state.

Wow Daisymae. It's a shame that you choose to mislead people with nonsense rather than facts. There is crime in every state, there are bad people in every state, there are bad areas in every state, and there are fake Christians everywhere. You throw out a lot of generalities but state no facts to back them up. For example, how do you know that all of the "chi chi" bars in Printers Alley are owned by the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board? What crime report are you citing when you say the Nashville area has a high rate of child molestation? What crime report are you citing regarding arson statistics in Nashville? Please answer these three questions to back up your nonsense, or stop lying and be quiet until you have facts to back up what you say. We have been in TN since 2010 and are glad we moved there, and my wife is Cherokee Indian. You are either a liar or you are so abrasive that no one likes you. Tennessee will be even better once you leave.

You'll fit right in. Lose you money, or job and see how many of them are really your friends. And their Christianity, like yours, is fake. Now, go rent a child sex video in Nashville. They love pushing that stuff.

That's a shame. I had moved there from the western us. I iived in both ja kson and Nashville and had the best time of my life. I felt the people were so nice and true they can't drive worth a ****. But I had so many friends I made there. I really have nothing bad to say about it. Sorry.

We\'re about 15 minutes south of Nashville and we like it. The drivers are the worst though, you\'re right about that. How was Jackson? I\'ve heard bad things and my cousin is looking to go there but I\'ve never been.

I loved jackson

Cant not agree more. Jackson and the surrounding area is the worst. West Tennesse, the most backward place in the world. The worst schools I can ever see. Actually they do not know what is education. Their idea of education is through the churches. OH, man, this place is so backward I am ashamed that I live here, and lived here for more than 10 years.

Cant not agree more. Jackson and the surrounding area is the worst. West Tennesse, the most backward place in the world. The worst schools I can ever see. Actually they do not know what is education. Their idea of education is through the churches. OH, man, this place is so backward I am ashamed that I live here, and lived here for more than 10 years.

I love what jan said about this state of Tennessee.. us tooo we moved here do to a job we even thought living in the country was good , U dont get any cell phone service or public water or even good internet or cable , but besides that .we live on the other side of the state) ( west tennessee) , every one is backwords and are prejudice fake and back stabbers. Its too bad that a good job is hard to find , ( so because of that we are stuck) but thanks to you jan beasley U made my day , Im glad im not the only one that feels the same way ... Thankyou so much .. Also your so right on they saying they go to church , and than all they care about is killing animals , if your starving sure , but dont just kill to kill, and be proud. Hope to hear more on this good old ugly state of Tennessee

How unfortunate that you feel this way about such a pleasant people who have always have been noted for "Southern Hospitality". We extend our hand to folks, not the finger, hence "the Volunteer State".
To clarify...
-Not all have piercings nor do all believe in piercing holes all over our bodies. I personally have a distaste for tattoos as well.
-The fact of whether or not our couples are married is an individual personal choice; much like your choice to relocate here. In comparison to other areas I believe it is fair to say that the majority of Tennesseans holds the bond of matrimony in high esteem.
-Other ideas of what is proper and correct have been injected into our wonderful society by "transplants" trying to "rehabilitate" us by converting our ways.
-****** is a practice that is not localized to only Tennessee and should not be portrayed as such. There are sick people all over the world, not just in Tennessee!

In short, it takes a small minded individual to stereotype an entire state based soley and completely on the select few that you have clearly pissed off.

There is a saying here, and maybe other places as well:
"To make friends, show yourself friendly."

As I wrote in my post "The Good and Bad About Tennessee", there is good and bad everywhere you choose to live. We relocated to Middle TN from southern California. But, before we moved, we did our research, and vacationed places first...then we made an educated decision. We lived in Orange County, CA, which by most standards, is a very nice place to live. But drive inland 20 minutes from where we lived, and you end up in some of the trashiest areas you could imagine. So you get good and bad areas everywhere. The point is, educate yourself first. We did and we are very happy with our move. I agree that it is silly to judge an entire state based on an area someone chose to live without learning about it first.

They will use you and take your money until you are bled dry. Stop lying. I've lived everywhere. FAKE. That's the best word to describe these artificial friendly rednecks.

Jackson is no better.

I agree with all the negative--and truthful--statements here about Tennessee. I was born there and HAD to live in Crossville with my parents until I got to leave in 1992. They are surely the rudest people, and so willfully ignorant. They are cruel to animals, claim to love Jesus but can't tell you anything about him, base their lives on country music stars and hunting, think Knoxville and Nashville are sophisticated, rude rude rude and backward, my gosh. The posts about these hicks being friendly to your face and then takling about you behind your back is the most truthful thing I've ever read.
They hate black people and believe everything some lying Republican will say.
Don't don't don't let the green mountains fool you. Stay away, or you will regret it the rest of your life.
And that statement that Tennessee is a cheap place to live is a flat out lie. The taxes there are exorbitant....they tax 10% on all food. That's like taxing people to stay alive, and taxing babies and children. It's wrong. There's 10% sales tax and an income tax on investment earnings. They lie about taxes. Gov. Haslam is a pawn for the rich and hypocrite Presbyterian.
STay far away from the hell-hole of the USA aka Tennessee.

oh my gosh , and i thought i had problems living here near jackson, . I feel so much better now , we lived here since 2007 we live in the country ( not knowing what was ahead of us ) darn people drive fast on a country road , dont care who they hit and our street is a dump site for strays needing a home .. your sooo right!!! on being mean to animals. (why)? and kill what ever they can and brag about at work, they drink and say they believe in God and claim not to do any work on sunday ( what a lie) and they are the worst prejudiced people ever .. never new it was still around ( thats just not right ) Like to ring some of there necks . Keep those post coming ..

Bulldoganne: You have your facts about taxes wrong. Here is the truth: TN has no state income tax; TN has extremely low property tax if you're blessed to own your own home; TN has a 7% state sales tax plus local sales taxes which can equate to about 9.75% on things you buy, HOWEVER, groceries are taxed at 5.25% plus local taxes, which equates to about 8% total on groceries, to help out those families and kids you incorrectly say TN and mean Republicans hurt. This sales tax rate is a reduction from 5.5% that kicked in over the summer of 2012, and is expected to go down to 5%. So to say that TN taxes food at 10% is just not factually accurate. By the way, the reduction helped families in the amount of $22mil and was proposed by and signed into law by Republican Governor Bill Haslam, who you say is "a pawn for the rich and hypocrite Presbyterian (sic)." Oh, and it was passed by a Republican majority legislature.

I come from a state (CA) that has a 9% sales tax plus or minus, a 9.3% income tax on income over about 45k, and extremely high property taxes, and it's economy is failing. The fact that TN survives on a comparatively low tax burden is an amazing accomplishment and shows a well managed budget. The sales tax revenue also means that everyone pays into the system proportionally, including the people who use the system, which is fair for all. If you're wealthy enough to live off your investment income, which is taxed in TN, then you probably have enough money not to care.

Please get your facts right so you don't mislead people. Don't take my word for it, do your own research, like you should have done before you posted (and you characterized Tennesseans as willfully ignorant!). As a side note, TN was ranked as the number 1 retirement state by because of its overall tax burden and low cost of living, among other factors.

I can't wait until you end up in their hospitals.

Dear God, no! My husband is being transferred there. I join him with the toddler in a few months. I am DREADING the entire escapade! I'm a California native, but have lived and traveled all over the world. I am young and while not far left leaning, am certainly moderate. You cannot be serious about Klan meetings! I want to scream and cry now! I will give it my best shot, and will do my best to keep my mind open always but....AAAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!!!

Read my post "The Good and Bad About Tennessee." You need a perspective from a fellow former southern Californian.

Well i can say with all the truth,,Tn sucks,,rob's u good paying jobs..Right to work..with no rights..crooks in office,,out for the rich,and not the people.Land look ok..but the people have no back bone to vote the right wings out..A lot of people talk about other people.and it's not nice..Then go to church on Sunday..They put a face on about helping other people out of state..but no one in the state get's help..They take your tax's money..and who know what they do with it....It a bad place to have to live in..

Let me keep this short and sweet...
Tennessee is truly a HELL-HOLE.
There are too many reasons to list.
I have experienced other places in the USA and this is hands down the worst so far. If you are here attending college or for music and bars then you may be content here. If you live in a rich neighborhood in Brentwood or Franklin and only care about shopping while your kids are carted to and from by your hired help, you may be content here. If you're a Native and ignorance is your bliss, you may be content here.
For the average person with family/children who have experienced a normal life outside of Tennessee, you will SUFFER here. This place (middle TN) is a hell-hole. WARNING: do not raise kids here! Stay off the roads here! Prepare yourself for some weird **** here!
There is a LONG list of reasons why this place is gross, freaky, abnormal, unhealthy, and truly miserable. The list is so long in fact, that I won't be writing it out. To the natives who do not know any better: this is not "your state", if we could "pack it up and move on" we would, this is God's state and it could have a chance at normalcy if not for the native freaks who screwed this place up. The culture here is bizzare and the natives here are ignorant. That is not meant to insult but literally, they are ignorant/not knowledgable.
God forgive me for insulting anyone. Honestly, I'm trying to save anyone else who may come across this post during -decision on where to move- time.

Thanks "y'all"
(that's actually a word here ;) and one of the few they spell correctly)

Thanks. I am moving out this miserable place. Can not tolerate the level of ignorance here. The problem is that this place is run by ignorant people. I get to run run away from here.

We moved to Middle Tennessee (Williamson County south of Nashville) in 2010 from Southern California (Orange County) by choice after living our whole lives there. I agree with some things that have been said and disagree with other things, and I have to point out some good things too. First, what I agree with: Tennessee has the worst drivers I've ever experienced. Ask anyone who has moved here from somewhere else. I also agree that the southern hospitality is fake. Everyone waves hello as you drive by, but nobody wants to get to know you beyond that. One negative that I will add, we can't find good Mexican food.

What I disagree with: TN locals don't like outsiders, but you get that anywhere (ask Oregonians how they feel about Californians). I have not experienced an abnormal amount of alcoholics as many have suggested. Nashville is a party town with a big bar scene because of the music. You'll find drunks everywhere you serve alcohol (spend some time in Savannah GA). There are rednecks here, but visit Victorville, Adelanto, San Bernardino, Fontana, Muscoy, etc. in CA. You will find that there are just as many rednecks and uneducated people in southern California and elsewhere as there are here.

The positives: Tennessee has an extremely low cost of living. That's why many of our neighbors are ex-Californians like ourselves. Williamson County is the 17th wealthiest county in the US per Forbes and over 50% of people over 25 have a bachelors degree or higher. Per CNN-Money, Franklin, TN (where I live) is the 52nd best city to live in the US. There is no state wage tax in TN and very low property taxes. TN funds itself mostly through sales tax, which means everyone pays into the system, including those who collect welfare. Middle TN is a great place to raise kids, just research the schools before you decide where to land (as you would do anywhere). The weather is mild and the state is very beautiful with four seasons.

Overall, we are happy with the move. There's good and bad everywhere, it's what you make of it. You can land in the wrong place in any state, but don't judge a whole state on your bad choice and lack of research of where to live. That being said, if you're liberal politically, you probably won't get along well here in general as this is a very conservative state. For us, the good outweighs the bad in TN. Many people are relocating here from states that were once considered great places to live so much so that it's difficult to find someone born and raised in TN.

I liked what you said , us tooo we are also from the orange country area and moved to west side in 07 and still having a hard time with it , we have found some good mexican food places that are like or just about the same as ( Miguel's in corona and wouldnt u know it, the owner is from San Diego.. lol gotta laugh. meating all sorts of people from our neck of the woods from orange country,/Riverside area so move over Tennessee ( california people are coming in to live and stay .. still cant stand the rudeness .. Thankyou for the post, you no whats funny , alot of Californians are opening up shop ... love it

Orange county.........

I know Miguel's well! and I miss Joey's BBQ in Chino. I'm surprised that the BBQ isn't better in TN. I am not surprised about Californians opening shop. We have a small taco chain Oscar's that's also owned by Californians. It's the only decent Mexican food so far.

...and Tennessee was ranked the number 1 state to retire to. I forget who did the ranking but you can google it and it will pop up.

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You must have lived in the wrong part of TN....TN is a beautiful state with alot of wonderful caring people. Every state has it's ugly side to it including GA and PA ...I lived in GA before and I could say the very same thing as you did about TN because I have experienced it there before and I have done Mission work in PA and have experienced the same problems there too! I for one have grown up in East TN for majority of my life, and I have a Bachelors, no pierced lip or etc...just ears...and 1 tattoo that is in a discrete location where it isn't flaunted...does this make me a redneck or Hillbilly? No, those were personal decisions on my part. So, before you go slandering a state, think before you speak...WHAT YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT IS EVERYWHERE. Not just TN, and by the way TN is one of the most beautiful states you will ever see, you just surrounded yourself in an atmosphere where you were uncomfortable...go back to GA, it's a way of life in TN just like take your complaining rear back down to the DIRTY SOUTH!

You are the excuse me, that means ex amp ell of what we mean. Emphasis (that means especially) on MEAN. I grew up here. I was gone working for over 30 years. I\'ve been back 3. I remember now why I left. I have a neighbor who is a renowned (that means fam uzz) arsonist who has attempted to break into my place 6 times in one year. Restraining orders and guns are all people like him understand.

I know of 3 different families who\'s parents (deceased) were immediate family members such as brother and sister. Their grown children are federally funded and completely handicapped because of it. If they must boink their own family, they should at least use birth control.

Christians can hardly make it to the church parking lot, and sometimes inside the church itself, before the nasty gossip fest begins, praise the Lord. And pass the potatoes, starch, salt and fat because morbid obesity is a state hobby. Enough! I have lived in 4 countries and 40 states. It\'s YOU, not the rest of the world. Even North Carolina ridicules Tennessee. And blaming your air pollution on Kentucky?????? Have you ever seen that pile of coal for the steam plant in Oak Ridge? And let\'s talk radiation..... oh why bother. Stay ignorant.


Tennessee Christianity in your faces. And THAR HIT ESS. Redneck

Moved to Nashville a year ago, and two months ago we moved to Hendersonville TN. The whole point of the move was to get away from DC where it was far too busy a lifestyle to raise kids. When we first arrived we had this positive attitude about how happy we're going to be here and how much better it would be to raise a family here. 2 months into it and school started, I had to register them into metro schools. That's when the trouble began. 1st of all any metro school staff members don't have a clue!! I've never dealt with so much bull**** in public schools in my life. Too many things went wrong to explain. While Im not a racist I did however notice there werent too many white folk in the neighborhood which didnt bother me I just wondered if it bothered them? They were nicer than some snotty *** white people we've encoutered in H-ville. I miss my classier black folk neighbors. they didnt act better than anyone. they minded there business and never tried to make you feel less than if you didnt have te latest trend. Now we have a great big home, big back yard and I just hate it here. I am trying to raise my kids better than what I had growing up, how can I when all these people say they're nice wholesome church people and all they do is judge you? Southern hospitality is such Crap. That has no meaning other than fAKE!!! The roads are horrible, every night there's a new wreck on a highway and theres always a fatality! where did these people learn how to drive? i understand this all happens everywhere in the world but for some reason this place just gets under my skin! I beg my husband to move again and while money isnt a problem its the relocating again and getting our kids adjusting once again that has us in limbo. I just want out!!!

It's not the worst state however it's far from the best. My wife taught English in a public high school in TN. She was recruited from the NE USA as during this time there was a shortage of qualified secondary English teachers in TN.

What we found were students not taking any subject seriously other than shop and auto. mechanics for the boys and home ec. for the girls. One serious issue in the educational lives of these high school students was the attitude of 'I know my bible and that's all that really matters'. This attitude was pervasive and their 'earned' high school diploma was a complete joke.

While I did respect their religious beliefs I did not respect the parents, pastors and communities almost not permitting and for sure not encouraging these young students to learn English, mathematics, biology and history.

The unemployment and underemployment rate was so very high and it was a direct result of the mindset of this community.

So I have to conclude our area in which my wife taught and I worked as an accountant was very backward and moving backwards and learning anything other than bible and scripture was almost 'evil'.

Religion that is toxic to youth is toxic to all as the youth soon become parents and the cycle continues. While I don't typically like the word 'hick' I must say these students were 'hicks' and very ignorant of why they should have a solid academic high school education.

Unfortunately the posts about TN being not a great place is true.

Yes, it is pretty but full of snakes in the ground and in the work places ect.

Move away and don't count your loses. Let the destructive have the destructive.

It is truly wonderful to see this support for those struggling living here.

Move to a place where you can flourish.

You people are crazy. Of course if you're living in a huge Tennessee city such as Nashville or Memphis, it's going to be like any other city in the U.S. Not all people in Tennessee are like this. I was born and raised here, and I've never once thought about leaving because it's such a great state. On the contrary to what you're saying, there are HIGHLY intelligent people that live here, so ignorance is out of the question. Manners ARE known in the small towns because that's where the good ole people live. You're not going to find nice people in the city no matter where you go. In my very small town, if you have a piercing anywhere beside your ears, you don't get supper until you take it out because it's disrespecting yourself. As far as fathers messing with their children, THAT IS EVERYWHERE. It's unavoidable everywhere. And to sum up your old "hillbilly" reference, there are people here that are normal as can be. Country music is also not the only genre we listen to. Different people listen to different things such as pop, classic rock, rap, jazz, the blues....whatever suits their personality. We're not all alcoholics, drug addicts, and adulterers. The tax prices here are NOTHING compared to New York or California, that's for sure. You're just picking on the state because YOU chose to live in the city. Nashville, Memphis, the north east, and all the other bigger cities of Tennessee ARE how you described. But you're being a little stereotypical because in the small towns, I can assure you people DO NOT act this way in any shape or form. So next time, try doing a little research, or broaden your experiences before you criticize someone's home state. After all, you can't justify a whole state's worth just from one experience in a big city. If that's too many big words for your dim witted mind to understand, let me dumb it down for you: Tennessee is a great place to be and to raise a family, and you're just bitter because you had ONE bad experience. In my opinion Georgia is an awful state, especially for violence in Atlanta. I was afraid to even get out of my car there. As for Pennsylvania, I despise that state because unlike what you're saying, people there are very rude indeed. I once asked a man if he had a pen so I could write down a number while on vacation and he told me to shove it where it doesn't shine, if you know what I mean. That rubbed you wrong didn't it? Me saying something bad about the place you love? Well now you get why it's so upsetting that you would stereotype my entire state. No wonder people were so mean to you, you're obviously an outsider that couldn't identify a true Tennesseean if they hit you in the face. You'd have to be born and raised here to appreciate this great state's full value. Try living in Roane, Morgan, Anderson, McMinn, Rhea, or Cumberland county, and then you'll never say such awful things about this place again, and that's a guarantee. I live in Roane myself, and here recently a 6th grader passed away from spinal meningitis. The ENTIRE town came together to celebrate this girl's life even though most of them had no idea who she was. Now, that's what I call southern kindness. The point of this? You don't know anything of what you're talking about, so next time, think before you post, or don't post at all.