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Old 08-17-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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Just checking for info on Charlotte. I am looking to move to Charlotte but not sure where yet. Can anyone tell me the good areas and the bad areas to stay away from. For some reason the crime rates seem high there and I am not sure if that is just in certain neighborhoods. Thanks for any help.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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Where will your job be located? You'll probably want to live near your work. Charlotte is very spread out and there is a lot of traffic congestion to think about.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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I am job searching and will not move until I get a job. I do want to live close to where I work, but not knowing the area I am just trying to figure out where to stay away from. I am middle aged and single so I am concerned. I here good things about Charlotte, basically I am looking for a very safe area where there is work but also country. Does that exist in Charlotte?
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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Yes, that exists, but you really need to find a job first, then worry about where you will live. If you land a job in Gastonia but decided to live in Matthews, you'd be looking at a minimum one hour commute, each way, without traffic.

What is your job field? That may help narrow down where you can look.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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Well, I am currently an Inside Sales Rep for a building products company, my background is also administrative and bookkeeping. I have an interview set up with AppleOne on the 6th of Sept. I am coming in for a long weekend to check things out. I just don't want to be in a bad neighborhood, I have never visited Charlotte before. I am staying in zip code 28217.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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That area is not the best. I guess if you just want a general idea, you will probably want to stay away from East, West, and University area. S, SW, SE, Dilworth, parts of Uptown, S.End, parts of N. Charlotte are fine. Just over the border into Fort Mill, Lake Wylie or Clover you'll be ok too.

Bottom line is you're going to need to find a job first, then decide where to live. It's honestly a waste of time to devote research into housing at this point in your move.

Also, I don't know where you're moving from, but it's worth knowing that crime in Charlotte is EVERYWHERE. There is no place immune. Some areas are quite bad, and I would not feel safe in them, but there are home invasions, car break-ins, drugs, etc in every single part of the metro. I've not been a victim of crime near my current home in Steele Creek, but experienced more crime in Ballantyne than in my entire life before moving here. I was stolen from on multiple occasions (at work), vandalized, and our neighbors, high on meth, jumped through another neighbor's french door at 3am. Ballantyne is where everyone on this forum will tell you to move...but utopia it is not. We backed up to the country club and I worked near the office park. It's much quieter here in the SW side of town.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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Well, that sums it up, thank you very much and I guess I will start to look elsewhere. I know crime exists and can happen anywhere, but being single with a dog I would be walking at night I want to be in an area where it is unlikely. So, again thanks for the honesty and feed back!!
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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Get a job here first... it makes no sense to research areas to live unless you get a job here first.

I'm pretty new to Charlotte so I can't tell you where the safe areas are because everyone has a different definition of safe.

I hear about a lot of crime in Charlotte but I have yet to witness any so don't let the "crime is everywhere" crowd fool you.

The best thing you can do is come down for a visit and talk to some locals...

oh yeah.. and don't move here without a job. It's against the law.

just kidding!!!
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Thank you - Do you like it so far? Which area are you in?
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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I know this is all subjective but what is wrong with uptown Charlotte? I know every major city has its downtown crime but does Charlotte have more frequent/violent crime downtown/uptown? Out of the 4 wards, is one of them more worse than others?

I am from a midwest manufacturing city so I dont expect any utopia answer.
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