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Old 10-05-2010, 10:23 PM
 
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I am looking at Charlotte & Dallas to start my new chapter in life. I will be graduating from graduate school soon. I am from Atlanta & don't want to move back. I will like to know:
1. Where are the nice parts to live in town? In comparison to Buckhead, Midtown or Highland areas in Atlanta
2. Is there a young professional population(30-40s)?
3. How diverse is Charlotte?
4. Are there many lounges/jazz clubs etc? NOT dance clubs(can't stand those anymore)
5. Is there a LA fitness here & where? Safe jogging trails?
6. How do you compare Charlotte to Atlanta?

Thanks for your input!
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:18 AM
 
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I moved from Charlotte to Dallas in April. While I think Charlotte is a great small city you should seriously consider Dallas (IMHO). You don't feel "recession" here. I have yet to hear of anyone losing thier jobs and overall things are still growing here, just slower than typical for Texas.

I feel soooooooooo much safer in than I did in Charlotte. Don't get upset Charlotte friends. I did like Charlotte, but I did not feel safe and it felt especially gloomy when we left.

Since you are finishing Grad school you may want to check our parts of North Texas as well as Fort Worth which is the new hip city for recent College Grads.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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Defintely agree with Robin....and Charlotte is my hometown....born and bred here...but actually Charlotte is not all what it is cracked up to me. If you are after affordable housing then Charlotte is definitely for you...Very family oriented city.....Charlotte has diversity, but not like places like other larger cities and yes there are activities that can somewhat keep you occupied. However Dallas gives "waymore" options.... With me, it's about having those options.... Another con about NC is that it is very, very , very conservative and really not all that progressive and remember NC is in the bible belt...Also NC will tax the *beep* out of you.......Please come for a visit for a couple of days and check things out. SERIOUSLY...VISIT FIRST. Please see below the answers to your questions.
I am looking at Charlotte & Dallas to start my new chapter in life. I will be graduating from graduate school soon. I am from Atlanta & don't want to move back. I will like to know:
1. Where are the nice parts to live in town? In comparison to Buckhead, Midtown or Highland areas in Atlanta - Ballantyne area/Dilworth..but they dont compare to Buckhead and Midtown.
2. Is there a young professional population(30-40s)? - Yes
3. How diverse is Charlotte? - Not that diverse if you are comparing to ATlanta
4. Are there many lounges/jazz clubs etc? NOT dance clubs(can't stand those anymore) - No Jazz clubs here, not a big scene for it
5. Is there a LA fitness here & where? Safe jogging trails?-Dunno
6. How do you compare Charlotte to Atlanta? - Charlotte - Nice place to live but not a nice place to live life....Atlanta would win...hands down.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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Dallas. Hands down. No state tax. Texas is paradise on earth

I wish I could go Dallas. If someone pays me as much as they pay me here, I'll run away in a heartbeat. Girlfriend's just a few miles away. I can play a few more southern women and diversify my harem. Just kidding

But if you are looking to choose, Dallas is the place to be. People I have talked to are happy and they are not as affected by the recession as Charlotte.

Charlotte is a great city, but the jobs arena is being held hostage by three financial institutions which are frankly being run by monkeys. They do only one thing best - lay people off and royally screw shareholders aka bagholders Oh wait, that sounds like two things, they are probably more talented than I had thought.

Chances to find an entry job for a college graduate are higher in Dallas.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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To be fair, Charlotte and Dallas just from a sheer size perspective are night and day. You honestly can't compare Charlotte and Dallas as you could Charlotte and Nashville or Charlotte and Tampa. Dallas metro has 6.5 million people while Charlotte has slightly under 2 million people. So of course there are going to be bigger and better things in Dallas. Dallas does have a more diversified economy and wasn't hit by the recession. Actually pretty much the whole state of Texas, economically, is better off than the rest of the country, not just Charlotte or the Carolinas. Someone talked about getting taxed hard in NC? Try Texas. They have no state income tax, however their property taxes are enormous. Dallas is VERY spread out, more so than even Atlanta. You pretty much have to drive anywhere you go in the Dallas metro (and that's not say you don't in Charlotte) but you pay out the ying yang for tolls there. I have a family member that lives in Frisco and commutes to Addison for work and she spends probably $100+/mth on tolls. Just something to think about. It's all about give and take. But whatever the decision, visit before you decide to move.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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To be fair, Charlotte and Dallas just from a sheer size perspective are night and day. You honestly can't compare Charlotte and Dallas as you could Charlotte and Nashville or Charlotte and Tampa. Dallas metro has 6.5 million people while Charlotte has slightly under 2 million people. So of course there are going to be bigger and better things in Dallas. Dallas does have a more diversified economy and wasn't hit by the recession. Actually pretty much the whole state of Texas, economically, is better off than the rest of the country, not just Charlotte or the Carolinas. Someone talked about getting taxed hard in NC? Try Texas. They have no state income tax, however their property taxes are enormous. Dallas is VERY spread out, more so than even Atlanta. You pretty much have to drive anywhere you go in the Dallas metro (and that's not say you don't in Charlotte) but you pay out the ying yang for tolls there. I have a family member that lives in Frisco and commutes to Addison for work and she spends probably $100+/mth on tolls. Just something to think about. It's all about give and take. But whatever the decision, visit before you decide to move.
Not sure where these crazy popuation #'s come from. Here is an accurate picture>>

Charlotte ) is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. Charlotte's population was estimated by the US Census Bureau to be 709,441 in 2009 (the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce insists it is higher in mid-2010, at 756,912),[1] making it the 18th largest city in the United States based on population. The Charlotte metropolitan area had a 2009 population of 1,745,524.[2] The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a wider thirteen-county labor market region or combined statistical area that has a 2009 estimated population of 2,389,763.[5] Residents of Charlotte are referred to as "Charlotteans".
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:16 PM
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Jogging trails: Park and Rec Greenways (http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Greenways/Pages/Home.aspx - broken link)

Jazz Club: Cajun Queen Restaurant, Charlotte NC-A New Orleans Restaurant & Bar the only place that I know of that could be considered a jazz club

I think there was an LA Fitness around here, it was near Uptown I believe. Most people here that go to gyms it seems go to a YMCA.

Coming from Atlanta, I think you would probably enjoy Dallas more. I have family that moved to Frisco which is a northern suburb 3 years ago and they really enjoy it and I've been thinking about possibly moving there too.
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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Not sure where these crazy popuation #'s come from. Here is an accurate picture>>

Charlotte ) is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. Charlotte's population was estimated by the US Census Bureau to be 709,441 in 2009 (the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce insists it is higher in mid-2010, at 756,912),[1] making it the 18th largest city in the United States based on population. The Charlotte metropolitan area had a 2009 population of 1,745,524.[2] The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a wider thirteen-county labor market region or combined statistical area that has a 2009 estimated population of 2,389,763.[5] Residents of Charlotte are referred to as "Charlotteans".
He was comparing metro areas, in which the population totals were accurate. Charlotte proper has ~800,000, but the metro area has ~1,750,000. DFW metro has ~6,500,000.
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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He was comparing metro areas, in which the population totals were accurate. Charlotte proper has ~800,000, but the metro area has ~1,750,000. DFW metro has ~6,500,000.
That's correct. Ive never been to Dallas, but I have heard nothing but great things about the place. Atlanta and Houston are more comparable to Dallas. Charlotte is very small in compared to those places.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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moderator note this is a relocation thread if you feel the need to continue debate there is a forum for that city vs city. I strongly advise read post one and answer the other questions the OP is seeking
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