Florence, Alabama (AL)

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Florence is a city in and the county seat of Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the northwestern corner of the state.

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Total Population: 36,430
Cost of Living
Median Household Income: $28,330
Median Home Value: $83,300
State sales tax: 4.0%

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Diana (currently lives here; has lived here for Over 10 years):

"Beautiful but limited...."

Florence is a beautiful small town built along the rolling banks of the Tennessee River. It's home to the University of North Alabama and is a quiet, safe place to live. Many of the streets are tree-lined, the houses well maintained, and living costs quite low.

Least it sound ideal, keep in mind that it is limited to the amenities of a small town - there are no 'real' book stores just a Books-a-Million where the joke is, the patrons lick their fingers before turning the pages. There is one movie theater and limited grocery stores (choose between WalMart and Southern Family Market) - there is no Publix or Kroger type store. It's also in the heart of the Bible-belt, an asset for some, a disadvantage for others.

The population is aging since many younger people go elsewhere to find better paying jobs.

The climate is mild, but since it's in a valley and a TVA coal-powered plant is nearby, air pollution is problem for many.

There is a public Robert Trent Jones golf course nearby, as well as a smaller city course. The lakes and rivers are spectacular. Dining opportunities are limited but the usual chain places abound.

Florence is about 80 miles from Huntsville, the nearest place to eat, shop, and recreate. Memphis, Birmingham, and Nashville are about 2 1/2 hours away. Many more affluent locals do at least once a month shopping/theater going there.

There is a local airport but it's quite small and most locals fly out of Huntsville or Nashville. Driving is easy here since it's a small town, but there are few sidewalks.

My advice - come visit before you decide to move.

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