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Old 06-28-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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I'm a black woman who is moving to Charlotte with her white husband and mixed children. I'm moving from Detroit to Charlotte for work. We need some advice on good yet affordable neighborhoods/cities around Charlotte. I don't mind a communte to the city. I'm looking for good schools and good neighborhoods. My family is also interracial, so I could tips on neighborhoods for interracial families. I plan on renting at first, and I'm scared of picking the wrong place to live. So any tips that anyone can give about the following would be helpful:

What areas have good schools?
What areas are safe yet affordable?
How are the average child care costs for residents?

Last edited by DetMomSouth; 06-28-2010 at 12:33 PM.. Reason: forgot important information
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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Good schools within Charlotte are typically in South Charlotte, which isn't the most affordable area. If you don't mind a commute, you might want to check out Indianland, Fort Mill, or Tega Cay. They are just across the border in SC, and they have good schools and more affordable housing. Child care costs depend on the age of your child(ren). You will pay from $700-$1500/month depending on age and quality of center.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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Default Thanks but.....

Good tip, but are those neighborhoods good for mixed couples
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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Yes, although the areas aren't as diverse as Charlotte. I thought your OP said you were a single mom?

Can you give a little more info? What are your children's ages, and what is your housing price range? Where will your job be located? That will help us to give you better ideas.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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Good tip, but are those neighborhoods good for mixed couples
There are mixed couples in most neighborhoods.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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It's 50/50 whether my husband is coming. But just in case he does I want to be prepared. My kids are young 9 and 3. Looking to rent an apt at first. Trying to keep it under $1,000 a month. Job is located in downtown charlotte. I know in Detroit, you don't really want to live downtown if you can help it. Is it the same for Charlotte. If I can keep the commute to 30 mins or less that's be great.
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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Speaking as someone who grew up in MI and lived there for 32 years, let me assure you that downtown Charlotte is NOTHING like downtown Detroit.

You should be able to find a nice apartment in a good school district for $1K/mo.

The interracial thing shouldn't be much of an issue regardless of where you end up down here.

My brother and his family just moved to Indianland 2 weeks ago and they love it. That won't meet your 30 min commute time to downtown on most days, though....
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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The interracial thing shouldn't be much of an issue regardless of where you end up down here.
Agreed. It has more to do with your outlook on life & your social skills than race.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks. I feel a lot better getting some advice. I have a positive outlook but I try to stay mindful that not everyone is accepting. I have heard good things about Charlotte. And frankly it'll be a relief from the harsh long winter in Detroit. Can anyone tell me some areas to stay away from?
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Hendersonville, TN
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Your other post says you are moving to Nashville, I'm confused. Who cares if you're interracial, you seem to be making a bigger deal out of it than most people would. Is this post written just to get a response or did you marry outside of race for a desired reaction?
Anyways, my brother and his wife are an interracial couple who are from Michigan and live outside Charlotte, they love it. My wife and I , a white couple (since we're discussing race), have just moved from Detroit to Hendersonville, TN and we like it so far.
If you are just weighing out the 2 areas and trying to make a decision I would say that some people in TN suggest that certain areas outside of Nashville are bad such as Madison, Antioch, etc. Coming from where we do , it's somewhat laughable. I would compare those areas to a Lincoln Park or Redford in Michigan. Certainly not the best areas but not like you have to be scared driving through. I can't speak on the schools in these areas.
I would say it's more of a culture shock in TN than it would be for you in NC, not saying it's bad ...just different.
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