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Old 05-02-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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I have a job in gastonia set up, and i'm wondering where is a good place to raise a child?

I don't know where to move, i am wanting a more rural environment where there isn't much crime and good schools..

Cleveland county is currently at the top of my list, what are the ups and downs about the area?

How are the people, how is the crime/economy etc.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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Lincolnton in Lincoln County would be my number 1 place.


As a person who has lived in all of the above for at least 5 years+ each and likes all of them places, Lincolnton is by far the best.


Very safe, very community oriented. Beautiful. Walkable downtown. It's got a vibrant downtown but it's a small town so everyone knows everyone there sorta.


Gastonia is not a place I would really want to raise a family unless you get into one of the "nice neighborhoods" which seems sort of artificial. It's just nice neighborhoods as opposed to a nice community with a nice downtown, etc.

Lincolnton, Lincoln County
Kings Mountain, Cleveland County
Belmont, Gaston County

My top 3 picks
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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Lincolnton in Lincoln County would be my number 1 place.


As a person who has lived in all of the above for at least 5 years+ each and likes all of them places, Lincolnton is by far the best.


Very safe, very community oriented. Beautiful. Walkable downtown. It's got a vibrant downtown but it's a small town so everyone knows everyone there sorta.


Gastonia is not a place I would really want to raise a family unless you get into one of the "nice neighborhoods" which seems sort of artificial. It's just nice neighborhoods as opposed to a nice community with a nice downtown, etc.

Lincolnton, Lincoln County
Kings Mountain, Cleveland County
Belmont, Gaston County

My top 3 picks
I completely concur (those would be my picks for the OP too!)
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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I live in Kings Mountain. I seriously looked in Lincolnton. You will hear from some posters that there are nice places in Lincoln County, but the people who live in Lincolnton proper don't like outsiders. I experienced that myself. Kings Mountain would be a quicker drive to most locations in Gastonia. Gastonia & Kings Mountain are currently revitalizing their downtowns. There are some threads on Kings Mountain. You could search for them or I could paste them into this thread for you. There is City of Kings Mountain & there is unincorpoated land that is Kings Mountain. Part of that unincorporated land is in Gaston County. You have to watch that. If you are in the Gaston County side of Kings Mountain the kids go to Bessemer City for school. Also the unincorporated area of Kings Mountain, on the south side of the city goes down to a small town called Grover. Grover has it's own elementary school, but after that those kids go to the Kings Mountain schools. You have to watch it in Grover because it spills over into Cherokee County, SC.

In Kings Mountain, East Elementary is the #1 elementary school. West Elementary is a close 2nd.
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:20 AM
 
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Out of all of these counties, which do you say has the most rural environment?
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:24 AM
 
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Out of all of these counties, which do you say has the most rural environment?

Cleveland, then Lincoln, then Gaston - but all are fairly rural!
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Out of all of these counties, which do you say has the most rural environment?
I think that Cleveland County wins this based on being physically larger.

The I 85/US 74 corridor from Belmont to Kings Mountain is built up, with a brief pause between Gastonia & City of Kings Mountain, but that area isn't 100% rural.

You can't really run a contest of rural-ness between the counties. There are some very rural areas on Gaston County, but that county has the highest population of the 3.

Based on the school question, I would either go with something outside of Lincolnton in Lincoln County, or look around Grover, on the NC side, or in the unincorporated area of Kings Mountain, near Grover. I think that High Shoals is in both Gaston & Lincoln Counties. It's pretty rural around there.
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