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Relocating to West Tennessee

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Tennessee, USA — October 1, 2021: “Tennessee Welcomes You” sign on the US state line from Georgia to Tennessee. Message also reads, “The Volunteer State” (referring to the US Civil War draft status.)

WEST TENNESSEE

  • Is one of the three Grand Divisions of the U.S. state of Tennessee that roughly comprises the western quarter of the state. The region includes 21 counties between the Tennessee and Mississippi rivers, delineated by state law. Its geography consists primarily of flat lands with rich soil and vast floodplain areas of the Mississippi River. Of the three regions, West Tennessee is the most sharply defined geographically, and is the lowest-lying. It is both the least populous and smallest, in land area, of the three Grand Divisions. Its largest city is Memphis, the state’s second most populous city. Originally inhabited by the Chickasaw, and was the last of the three Grand Divisions to be settled by Europeans. The region officially became part of the United States with the Jackson Purchase in 1818, 22 years after Tennessee’s statehood. As part of the Mississippi River basin, West Tennessee enjoys rich soil that led to large-scale cotton farming.

GEOGRAPHY:

West Tennessee is located within the Mississippi Embayment, part of the Gulf Coastal Plain. Because of this, the terrain is flatter than the eastern parts of the state. Areas right along the Mississippi River are located within the alluvial floodplain. However, much of the western counties of the region are protected from flooding by the Chickasaw Bluffs, ridges of loess rising 50–200 feet above the floodplain. Although the land is lower and flatter than Middle and East Tennessee, some hilly terrain exists, especially along the bluffs bordering the Mississippi River and the land bordering the Tennessee River (known as the West Tennessee Highlands). Hilly land in these areas is forested. Otherwise, most of the land in West Tennessee is used as farmland. The soil in this part of the state comes from when a prehistoric sea dried up and left sediment in its place. Unlike in the rest of the state, bedrock is buried a few thousand feet below the surface.

HYDROLOGY:

Several rivers and streams, besides the Mississippi and Tennessee, exist in West Tennessee. All of them were originally slowly moving swamps or low-gradient meandering streams before nearly all of them were channelized in the 20th century. Rivers that empty into the Mississippi River include the Obion RiverForked Deer RiverHatchie River (which has not been channelized), Loosahatchie RiverWolf River, and Nonconnah Creek. Rivers that empty into the Tennessee River include the Big Sandy River and Beech River.

West Tennessee sits on top of an artesian aquifer. (*see image on the right) This aquifer is the main source of water for Memphis and Shelby County, as well as many other communities. In the Memphis area and areas along the bluffs, the loess and gravel serves as a cap over the sand making up the aquifer. The rest of West Tennessee serves as a recharge area for the aquifer. This aquifer provides some of the cleanest water in the United States.

MOST POPULOUS CITIES IN WEST TN:

Here are seven of the fourteen cities in West Tennessee with a population greater than 10,000 and are located within Shelby County, which comprises Memphis and its six suburbs.

  • MEMPHIS (662,897)
  • JACKSON (65,211)
  • BARTLETT (54,613)
  • COLLIERVILLE (43,965)
  • GERMANTOWN (38,844)
  • DYERSBURG (17,145)
  • LAKELAND (12,430)

On recent survey’s the populous cities of Collierville, Memphis, Germantown are among the TOP 10 best cities to live in Tennessee!

What is the weather like in West TN?

WEATHER:

If you are considering relocating to West Tennessee it’s a good idea to scope out the state’s climate to determine if this area will be a good fit for you and your family. Weather is an enormous factor in deciding your next place to call home. Weather affects our jobs, commutes, physical energy, and overall mood. 

If you enjoy sunny days but also want to experience all of the seasons (no shade meant toward California), then you’ll appreciate the fact that Tennessee has about 207 sunny days a year, two more days than the national average.

Tennessee has a moderate climate featuring cool, but not cold, winters and warm summers. The drop in elevation causes temperatures to rise significantly from east to west. In Nashville high temperatures in July average in the upper 80s F (about 32 °C); high temperatures in January average in the mid-40s F (about 8 °C), while the average low is around 30 °F (−1 °C). The growing season ranges from 130 days in the mountainous east to nearly 240 days at Memphis. Most of Tennessee is within the range of 160 to 220 days. The state receives ample precipitation, about 51 inches (1,300 mm) a year, rather evenly distributed over the seasons and regions. Tennessee also gets about 5 inches of snow per year, compared with the U.S. average of 28 inches

COST OF LIVING:

The cost of living in any area can vary based on factors such as your career, its average salary and the real estate market of that area.

If you’re planning to move to Tennessee, your monthly budget might get a nice break. Why? Tennessee is among the most affordable 15 states, at No. 11, according to MERIC  data gathered in the third quarter of 2022.

You could hop down to Mississippi (the lowest cost of living among 50 states and the District of Columbia), Alabama (fourth lowest), or Georgia (fifth lowest), but Tennessee is more affordable than nearby states like Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida.

So what is the average cost of living in Tennessee? Total yearly personal consumption cost is $37,499, on average, according to 2020 data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis . Here’s what you can expect to spend across major purchasing categories.

Tax Rate in Tennessee:

Most states and the District of Columbia charge an income tax, but Tennessee does not, according to the Tax Foundation’s State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2021 .

Residents also don’t have to pay a state income tax in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, Washington, South Dakota, Texas, or Wyoming.

MORTAGE RATES: Country Wide

Mortgage Rates Decline

January 12, 2023

While mortgage rates have resumed their decline, the market remains hypersensitive to rate movements, with purchase demand experiencing large swings relative to small changes in rates. Over the last few weeks latent demand has been on display with buyers jumping in and out of the market as rates move.

HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED TO LIVE COMFORTABLY IN WEST TN?

We all have our own idea of what it means to live “comfortably.” Your family size, income, lifestyle, and location can all influence how accessible a comfortable style of living is.

But to give you an idea of how easy it is to live in Tennessee, U.S. News & World Report’s Affordability
Rankings
 , which measure the average cost of living in a given state against the average household income, put Tennessee in 17th place.

EMPLOYMENT SITUATION:

  • Tennessee added 3,100 net payroll jobs and the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 3.4 percent in August 2022.
  • Over the past twelve months, Tennessee added 114,500 payroll jobs and the unemployment rate fell by 0.6 percentage point from 4 percent.
  • In August, Tennessee’s private sector added 2,500 net private payroll jobs and over the past twelve months it added 110,700 private payroll jobs in the establishment survey.
  • In the household survey, the number of unemployed rose by 655 on net in August 2022, and over the past year employment rose by 83,918.
  • Tennessee’s labor force participation rate fell to 60.8 percent in August 2022 from 61.1 percent. Since last year, the labor force participation rate rose by 0.4 percentage point.
October 2022 Unemployment Rate in TN is 3.5

AVERAGE SALARY IN TENNESSEE:

Tennessee ranks number 34 out of 50 states for salaries.

As of Dec 22, the average annual salary in Tennessee is $52,470. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $25.23 an hour. This is equivalent of $1,009 a week or $4,372 a month. Most salaries in Tennessee range between $37,071 (25th percentile) to $66,513 (75th percentile) annually.

Of course, salaries will vary depending on yor occupation, experience, and many other factors. Some of the top paying kinds of jobs in Tennessee are Neuroradiologist, Interventional Cardiologist, and Diagnostic Radiologist. You may also find that pay is better in some areas of the state. Nashville is the city with the highest average salary.

CITIES IN TENNESSEE WITH THE HIGHEST PAY:

Of the cities in Tennessee with the highest average salaries, 3 cities have salaries over the state average salary of $52,470. These cities will likely have the best opportunities to improve your pay by relocating in state.

Keep in mind that cost of living may be higher in these cities. The cities in Tennessee with the highest average salary are Nashville with an average annual salary of $66,818 and Memphis with an average annual salary of $62,443.

JOBS WITH THE HIGHEST SALARIES:

We found at least 10 types of jobs in Tennessee that pay more than the state average of $52,470 per year. The top examples of these jobs are Neuroradiologist, Interventional Cardiologist, and Diagnostic Radiologist.

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES COMING!

“FORD BLUE OVAL CITY”

Blue Oval City is a planned automotive assembly complex near Stanton, Tennessee that will be operated by Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation, and is expected to be operational in 2025. The facility takes its name from Ford’s logo, and will primarily consist of an automotive assembly plant that will produce electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks and a plant that will manufacture electric vehicle batteries, as well as a battery recycling facility, suppliers, and a training center. The project is expected to cost $5.6 billion, making it the most expensive single investment in Tennessee history, and employ approximately 5,800 when complete.

The project was jointly announced by both companies on September 27, 2021, and a ceremony was held the following day at Shelby Farms in Memphis, providing further details of the project. The facilities will be constructed at the 4,100-acre (1,700 ha) Memphis Regional Megasite, also known as the West Tennessee Megasite, which had been designated as an industrial site since September 2009. The site is located in rural Haywood County near the town of Stanton, about 40 miles (64 km) east of Memphis, and is accessible from Interstate 40. The state was initially expected to provide approximately $500 million worth of incentives that include infrastructure improvements, grants, and a new campus operated by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) to train workers for the plants.

Construction workers continue to make visible progress building out Ford Motor Co.’s future BlueOval City campus!

As 2022 closes, Ford has released some more stats on construction at BlueOval City using well-known tourist attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and Hoover Dam to indicate where the project stands. Workers have:

  • Moved enough soil to fill the Hoover Dam in Nevada twice.
  • Laid 800,000 tons of stone, equal to the weight of 3,555 Statues of Liberty.
  • Installed 7,500 deep foundations that when put end to end total five round trips to the peak of Mount Everest. (A deep foundation is approximately 60 feet long and is used to stabilize the building.)
  • Poured enough concrete to fill the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga 29 times.
  • Erected 18,000 tons of steel, equal to the weight of 18 cargo ships.

During a Oct. 25 community meeting, Neva McGruder Burke, human resources manager at BlueOval SK, said Ford and SK On plan to further expand their management teams before looking at filling engineering positions in the coming months.

“Some positions you will see posted in the last four weeks of this quarter of this year,” Burke said. “We’re establishing that right now. When is the right time to pull that trigger? Certainly, in the back half of 2023, we’ll have positions posted. Those are the timeframes that we’re looking at and kinds of jobs we’re looking at first.”

Burke also encouraged those interested to check BlueOval City’s website for the latest information on job postings. She also said BlueOval SK will eventually have a separate site in the future.

How much will Ford and SK On employees be paid at Blue Oval City?

The short answer: No one knows yet.

Burke said there is progress being made on determining salaries, but nothing has been announced publicly.

“That’s the big question,” she said. “We’re getting there. We’re certainly doing our homework to make sure we are competitive, but we’re getting there.”

She added the benefits package for Blue Oval City employees was finalized the week of Oct. 18, and the companies will share that information in the coming months as part of its marketing recruiting strategy.

Burke confirmed one of the things they are eventually considering adding to the benefits package is a Ford vehicle discount program for employees, known as the “A plan”, though that only remains a consideration for now.

What are Ford and SK On doing to make Blue Oval City accessible to more workers?

Vanessa Presson, Blue Oval City human resources manager, at a Oct. 20 community meeting in Jackson spoke about the importance of looking at quality childcare options for Blue Oval City employees. It’s an issue she relates to on a personal level. Presson did not offer specifics on any childcare plans.

“Childcare is near and dear to my heart,” she said. “I’ve been a single mom before. I know how difficult it is to get quality childcare that you feel comfortable with and letting that mom get into work. And then you look at the cost? We understand that childcare can prevent people from getting into the workforce, so we are engaged in conversations to find a way to alleviate that.”

At a Shelby County Chamber Alliance meeting in Bartlett on Oct. 25, Burke said Blue Oval City is looking at transportation options for workers but offered no guarantees.

“Whether it be Memphis or Jackson, Tennessee, we’re looking at doing that,” she said. “We have a very big group of people working on that right now and whether or not something we can do that is feasible for the company and partnering with other organizations. That could maybe help us to do that. There’s more information to come quite frankly on that.”

THE BEST SCHOOLS FOR YOUR KIDS!

COLLIERVILLE SCHOOLS:

145 W. POPLAR AVE.
COLLIERVILLE, TN 38017

colliervilleschools.org

Collierville Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in COLLIERVILLE, TN. It has 9,043 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.

GERMANTOWN MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

3350 FOREST HILL IRENE ROAD
GERMANTOWN, TN 38138

gmsdk12.org

Germantown Municipal School District is a highly rated, public school district located in GERMANTOWN, TN. It has 6,053 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 63% in reading.

Keep watching this area for updates! We are currently and constantly updating the list!

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WEST TENNESSEE?

You can always contact me for a tour or if you have questions about which area would be the best for you.

Deciding on where to move is hard and involves a lot of decisions on your part. Let me help you. With my extensive knowledge of the neighborhoods, schools and lifestyle, it won’t be long before you and your family can move into a neighborhood you would love and a dream home you would cherish!

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