I don't see any responses from someone who has actually lived in Salisbury, so I'd like to respond, if it's not too late. I'm not a native to Salisbury, but have lived here for several years.
Although Salisbury is a small city, it offers plenty of arts opportunities. Salisbury offers a full symphony season, a drama theater, and a newly-built (and paid for!) children's theater, which just opened this spring. Kids through high school can participate in high-quality, well-attended plays in a state-of-the-art theater, for free. That's right, free.
In addition to the large theater and children's theater, there are a number of smaller groups that stage plays, as well.
Salisbury also offers an art museum and several galleries. Art, pottery, and music classes abound, for young and adults alike. There are many dance studios, music schools, and martial arts classes for your children, as well as plenty of soccer on newly-built fields.
If art is not your thing, there are events downtown every month and a thriving farmer's market to purchase farm-fresh produce. There are running clubs, cycling clubs, and a group recently broke ground for a no-kill animal shelter. A group interested in local food offers the opportunity to sign up for weekly deliveries of locally-grown veggies or meat.
Several coffee shops dot about the city, 2 locally-owned, 1 NE US franchise, and 1 Starbucks. There are 2 private colleges, 1 community college, and a seminary. Many people in town avail themselves of continuing-ed opportunities.
Many cities have aging, decrepit downtowns, but Salisbury's charming downtown thrives, with a variety of shops AND downtown living quarters. Apartments can be found above many storefronts, as well as in their own buildings.
Only 11 cities in NC have accredited parks systems, and Salisbury was one of the first in the state to achieve accreditation. What does this mean? In addition to regular maintenance, EVERY playground is inspected weekly for loose bolts, or other dangerous situations. Any anomolies are repaired promptly. In addition, the parks dept. offers numerous rec opportunities to adults and children. One tennis camp this summer (provided by the parks dept) cost $40/week and provided lunch, while the college charged $130. Instruction was comparable.
The city is in the midst of rolling out Fiber to the Home so citizens can have super-fast internet access and digital phone and TV. It's in the beta stage right now, but will be available in just a couple of short months. Kannapolis, Concord, and even Charlotte do not have this!!!
As to safety, you'll see walkers and runners at all times of the night and day. We've had a recent spate of bad guys fighting amongst themselves, but use your head, use normal caution, and Salisbury is not an unsafe environment by any means.
The cost of living in Salisbury is significantly lower than in the surrounding cities. Yes, you may go online to shop for some things, but the quality of life in Salisbury is quite high, and I highly recommend it. And, yes, there are 2 stores that specialize in Asian food. Your rent will be quite low in Salisbury -- why not try it out and avoid the cost of commuting, as well?
Last edited by attic; 07-18-2010 at 05:06 PM..
Reason: Added para re crime in town.