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Bad Place to Live! - 8/27/2005
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Gary
Sevierville, TN

You do not want to live in this area. Salaries are very low (avg income $16000 to $17000 yr), rent is high and everything you purchase is inflated in price. Price inflation is due to all businesses trying to rip-off tourists, therefore locals take a hit also. Traffic is terrible sometimes taking 3 hours to go from the Interstae 40 exit to town (about 8 miles).

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Tony
Sevierville, TN

place - 7/3/2010

nice place

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Wes
Sevierville, TN

Life in Sevierville - 6/3/2009

To start things I am not originally from Sevierville or TN for that matter, I am from OH (various areas), lived in Ft. Wayne, IN as well. I state this merely for clarification and perspective reasons. Sevierville is the second town/city you will come to on your way to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg if you come by way of Interstate 40 to State Route 66. I have lived here for 5 1/2 years coming from Dayton, OH. Sevierville is a pass-thru tourist area. During the summer traffic and the amount of people sky rocket which makes the area pretty congested in both aspects given the lack of roadway travel options which keep everyone in the same basic areas though some headwa has been made in recent years to help alleviate some of the traffic congestion issues. Sevierville is fairly diverse as far as out of state residents though the various minority communities are not represented in high number, except maybe the Mexican community. The cost of living and property values tend to be a bit higher than average due to the tourist industry but the general area doesn't necessarily reflect this in appearance. Crime has not really been an issue to me. You can go about anywhere and not have to worry. Safety may be a slight concern in regards to traffic safety, tourist in unfamilliar areas can be a risk as well as frustration from traffic congestion doesn't help, a lot of red lights get run so drive in the area with caution. In general the populace of Sevierville and the surrounding area, in my experiences, is deserving of the Bible Belt title and tends to lean more to the conservative mind set. There is a good variety of various Protestant Christian belief systems in the area but lacks representation from the Catholic side as well as various others. The school system is fair but there are some private schools options (at least for elementary school) residents of the county can register and attend any particular county school though bussing is limited. There is only one option in the immediate are for higher education in the form of the Sevierville Branch or Walter's State university. Johnsonville Bible College is not far away for a Christian oriented selection. The University of Tennessee campused in Knoxville, TN is roughly an hour away. There is a good bit to do in the Sevierville area or within an hours drive from hiking in the Smokey Mountains National Park (one of the only free ones around), snow skiing (winter), ice skating (winter), to shopping, and there are plenty of lakes for various water related activities as well. There is a tremendous selection of dining options around with various standard restaurants as well as a good selection of dinner shows. The terrain of Sevierville and the surrounding area is rolling hills with a great view of the Smoky Mountains, though for me I miss the corn, wheat, and soybean fields and the open sky of where I grew up in OH, but to each their own. Climatically temperatures generally run in the 90's from around the end of June to the end of September. The temperature will gradually drop to around the 40's in December and will hover around there till March. This is very generally speaking. Culturally speaking, in my opinion, the populace is highly interested in sports mainly football (especially UT college football, you will see orange everywhere, though about every SEC Conference school has a good following), cars and trucks are very popular with some sort of car show every weekend the weather is warm it seems. People are, in general, pretty willing to talk about politics and the like but religious topics are not quite as openminded if beliefs vary too much. In general the people are nice, humble, friendly folks who will usually say "hi" or at least nod when you walk by. In general I like the area well enough though I don't really like the tourist trap setting. I work in a small town an hour away that is pretty much the same minus the tourist trap. I don't know if it will ever feel like home to me but not because of the people or anything like that. I like East TN and I like the people, I feel that it is a nice place to live.

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tennewbie
Kodak, TN

new to area - 6/17/2008

We moved to the Sevierville area 10 months ago. The culture here stays true to it's mountain heritage. The people have been friendly and there are many opportunities to learn about the East Tennessee culture. Sevierville/Pigeon Forge offer many festivals, shows, and regional attractions that exemplify mountain country living. While there are plenty of attractions and things to do in the area, we have found it difficult to settle down financially, since most jobs are tourist-driven. If you are in the hotel/restaurant/entertainment business,then finding a career would be easier.

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Debora
Sevierville, TN

Why Come to the Smokey Mountains - 5/4/2008

Welcome! That is how you feel ,whether you are a visitor to the Great Smokey Mountains or you are a new resident. Enjoy! Yes enjoy the four mild seasons. There is beauty in every season of the year ,and we are truly blessed with mild changes .No drastic highs or lows and we are sheltered from tornadoes ,hurricanes,heavy snows, oppresive humidity and scorching temperatures.A favorite saying here in East Tennessee is ,"if you don't like today's weather ,stick around it is about to changs". Add to that, we have low taxes ,steady jobs (many in tourism and industry ,but also technological skills)and a steady 3-8% appreciation in our homes.Crime is low,folks still tend to leave their doors open ,and we speak to our neighbors as well as watch-out for each other.There is cultural as well as ethnic diversity,but RESPECT is practiced on a daily bases. GO VOLS!!!The BIG ORANGE!!!! Sports fans ! We have some of the MOST loyal in the country. Pick your sport ,we have them all! I invite everyone to come see us and I gaurentee, ya'll will come back!!!

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Jennifer
Sevierville, TN

Negative views for negative people. Sevierville i - 9/16/2007

The college here is expanding as I write. There are several other, larger colleges within a 30-45 min. drive. Yes, Sevierville is built on tourism, just like other communities specialize in different things. I've lived in communities where they specialized in nothing. But if you take the time to look, or if your an entrepeneur, you will find alot. Besides, the tourism industry is FUN. And it branches into so many other areas. This boomtown is on the verge of becoming even larger. And with it, comes excitement and jobs. Not many years ago, it was a sleepy little town. If you're a go getter, you can make your way here with the desire to succeed and a little imagination. Your customers are already here and waiting. With all the growth, the people in Sevierville, for the most part, are still warm and welcoming as ever.

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Jennifer
Sevierville, TN

Quality of Life - 9/16/2007

There is no place I'd rather live. I've lived several places in my life and this place is the best.

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Tony
Sevierville, TN

Rich in opportunists, poor in opportunity. - 6/24/2007

Sevierville is a city whose entire economy is based upon tourism. This isn't a bad thing in and of itself. What is bad is the lack of diverse job opportunities. One has little chance to work outside a "hospitality" enterprise. The only other choice is construction (which also booms due to the constant need for new attractions). This leaves an economy in which a majority of the citizenry has little hope of making more than 20k per year. What truly makes this sad is the city and county government's lack of foresight in expanding job opportunities. The few high-paying blue collar plant jobs available have been allowed to dwindle to none. When a local community college set up shop, the classes were geared toward "hospitality," entertainment, and culinary classes to underpin tourism, rather than expanding diversity.

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Bp
Gatlinburg, TN

What a Wonderful Place to Live! - 2/20/2007

As residents of Sevierville for the past 12 years we would have to disagree with the earlier posts. Yes, we do have traffic congestion and yes, tourism is the major economic engine for our community. However, we have very low crime, four mild seasons, spectacular scenery, and so much more to offer. If you don't have a college degree there aren't a lot of job options that pay well but this is true for most of the U.S. now too. If you are self employed, retired, or have an in demand degree life in Sevierville is WONDERFUL!!

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karen
Sevierville, TN

life in sevierville - 12/20/2006

The major industry in this area is tourism. Residents must contend with horrible traffic through most of the year, due to thousands of tourists clogging the roadways. Also, most jobs relate to tourism --low paying, service related jobs that often don't offer insurance or other benefits.

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Gary
Sevierville, TN

Bad Place to Live! - 8/27/2005

You do not want to live in this area. Salaries are very low (avg income $16000 to $17000 yr), rent is high and everything you purchase is inflated in price. Price inflation is due to all businesses trying to rip-off tourists, therefore locals take a hit also. Traffic is terrible sometimes taking 3 hours to go from the Interstae 40 exit to town (about 8 miles).

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