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At Home in the Tennessee Valley

When you make the Tennessee Valley your home, you will experience a high quality of life, a low cost of living, and some of the country’s most exciting recreational, cultural, and historic attractions. Here, modern urban edge and cosmopolitan diversity meet Southern tradition and charm. And you’re a drive away from some of America’s leading vacation destinations, including musical Nashville, metropolitan Atlanta, and popular natural wonders.

Where else is it just a short drive to one of the local shopping malls to pick up the latest designer fashions, or to a local farmers’ market to select your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables? With its combination of farmers’ markets, supermarkets, local businesses, and regional malls anchored by well-known department stores, shopping is easy and convenient in the Tennessee Valley. Organic foods can be found here as well, through programs like Buy-Fresh-Buy-Local.

If you prefer a peaceful rural setting within minutes of work, you may be interested to learn that Cullman, Alabama, was featured in the book The 50 Best Small Southern Towns. Scottsboro, Alabama, was chosen as one of the top small towns in America in the book Boom Town USA. And Fayetteville, Tennessee, recently won the “Great American City Award” for its small size and hospitable local atmosphere.

Institutions of higher learning include University of Alabama, Virginia College, Argosy University, Strayer University, Aquinas College, Alabama A&M, and the University of North Alabama.

From its historic sites to the latest recreational and cultural amenities, the Tennessee Valley blends high-tech job opportunities and convenience with the charm of the past. Driving through the region, you will find that it seems equally at home in the 19th century or the 21st. Here, you can reflect on the earliest years of America, the struggles of the Civil War and the dawn of the Space Age.