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Old 11-29-2015, 07:24 AM
 
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I was also curious about the homeschooling stat since I had never really heard of that before. A quick google search shows that Mecklenburg doesn't even have the most home schooled students in NC, Wake does which has a smaller population than Mecklenburg.

http://www.ncdnpe.org/documents/hhh240.pdf
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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First let me start by saying that I have lived in various big city areas all my life, both single and married with kids. I lived in NYC (loved it) and suburbs including North Jersey (loved it), CT (not as much), Philadelphia (fun town, not NYC, but really liked it), Philadelphia suburbs off main line (loved it), Tampa, FL (liked it), and now Dallas suburbs (love it). All job transfers or better opportunities.

And then there was Charlotte, NC. I will try to stick with facts or statistics as much as I can. If I can help someone not commit my mistake in moving there then I will be happy for you.

The negatives:
- Weather, Charlotte has a higher annual rain fall than Seattle. Even people from Charlotte are surprised by this stat. You can go weeks at a time when there is nothing but daily rain. If that sounds slightly depressing it is. That is the price of everything being very green.

- Public schools are really sub-par. Either drugs are the norm at the richer schools or the poorer schools are sorely under funded or have a lot of big city school problems: guns, violence, over-crowded. Charlotte has per capita the most home-schooled children for a reason. So if you home school or don't plan to have children you'll be fine.

- Medical facilities and doctors also sub-par. Know of people who had to take their families to Raleigh/Duke for treatment (2+ hours away). Here I don't have an actual stat to back this up. If you are young and single and maybe only see your doctor for annual physicals then you'll be fine. If you're older, need a specialist, or have young children not so much.

- Restaurant and food scene is sub-par. The plus side is you will cook at home more and save money. Friend from Miami agreed on this one. Again I don't have a stat for this one but trust me.

- You will need that extra money. Things cost more here. Unless you are coming from NYC then it's relatively cheaper, relatively. Gas prices much higher here than most of country. You'll be driving to SC to fill up weekly if you live in S Charlotte. Grocery prices are higher. Bar prices compare to NYC. Yes I paid $11 for a drink in uptown.

- Roads are pretty bad but generally most infrastructure here is sub-standard, other than south Charlotte light rail. Found that NC and SC have a lot of potholes in general.

- Finally, and this one really surprised me, the people are less than friendly. It wasn't just me or my family I had other co-workers who moved to Charlotte agree with me. Don't expect too much southern hospitality even from native people. And no not because we were in Matthews or South Charlotte or Ballentyne, we found unfriendly people in Huntersville and North Charlotte too, probably worse than South Charlotte.

Positive things:
- Light rail train is great if you live near southwest Charlotte.

- South Charlotte commute by car to Uptown is distance-wise better than most cities, 30-40 minutes each way from most areas north of Ballentyne. And many options in terms of different routes. Work commute was by far the best thing about Charlotte.

- Uptown bars and restaurants are fun just very limited in options, not much outside of that one area. I forget the name.
South Park does have some options but sparse and expensive. Make your way to Uptown for Halloween or go to a minor league game in the summer via the light rail.

If I don't have many nice things to say why don't I just move? I did. Got my family out of there in just under a year. Kids needed tutors to catch up on school after we moved. They had fallen behind in just a year. No it's not just them. They were before and are now again A and B students. So glad to have made it out relatively unscathed. Lesson learned. There is a reason most companies are offering big $$ for you to relocate there. The experience really made me appreciate my area now better. I LOVE Texas.
You didn't try at all to stick to facts. I see a lot of opinions though.
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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The biggest thing that stood out to me was the statement that bar prices compare to NYC, almost had a literal laugh out loud at that one. Maybe at the Ritz-Carlton or something but I've had several friends come here and comment that the bar prices were really cheap (usually compared to Philly, which is cheaper than NYC).

The only thing that I agree with which I've agreed with on similar posts is that the price of groceries are high.
These threads are hilarious. You can cut and paste negative responses on any city-data thread and the wolves will pile on. Some people are really convinced that their bias/slanted/distorted perspective will "save" some other poor soul from a horrible experience.


After the first ridiculous statement about the weather every subsequent statement was bound to be nonfactual and borderline insane.


And of course old reliable with the "agreed"..."sustained"..."sums it up"...lol. These people don't realize how much of a head case they really are...fkn nuts. No wonder is so hard to cultivate long lasting relationships or make friends...everybody thinks you are crazy as hell and surely get tired of the constant beotchin.

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Old 12-02-2015, 10:50 AM
 
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Big Aristotle dropping truth bombs.
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:54 PM
 
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Big Aristotle dropping truth bombs.
carpet bombed the post with the truth...
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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I've been here about a year and I disagree with the majority of that list. I like it here.


I do agree with the restaurants though, not one Michelin starred restaurant in Charlotte, too many chains. There are some great places to eat but they seem to be far & few.


The bars & craft brewery scene here is great though, and not at all close to NYC prices.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Southport
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I've been here about a year and I disagree with the majority of that list. I like it here.


I do agree with the restaurants though, not one Michelin starred restaurant in Charlotte, too many chains. There are some great places to eat but they seem to be far & few.


The bars & craft brewery scene here is great though, and not at all close to NYC prices.
Michelin starred restaurants?? There are only 15 in the entire country, and 14 of those are in NYC, Chicago, and the San Francisco area! If that's the criteria, then 99.9% of country has a "sub-par" restaurant scene.

Charlotte's restaurant scene is very good. Not great, but definitely very good. Lots and lots of non chain, excellent restaurants.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:42 PM
 
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LOL. I agree with the fact that there are way, way too many chains in Charlotte. But no Michelin starred restaurants? That's funny.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I moved here in September 2014 with the hopes that my life would be a bit better coming from D.C./MD and NY. After several months living in a "luxury" apartment complex on South Blvd., I was ready to move somewhere else due to the number of sound problems and crappy college students partying too much (don't these people have jobs!, oh that's right, mommy and daddy are paying your rents!). The apartment was rather pricy for Charlotte, almost like in DC/MD and NY. But Charlotte's trying too hard and too much to be like DC or NY! Too much building of apartment complexes that's not really worth the prices. The healthcare is good though. The prices in food stores here are better than up North. However, I'm beginning to wondering if this was a good move. So many violent crimes here lately, I'm beginning to think if it's even safe here! I'm a single, professional working older woman and expected Charlotte to be a bit quieter and better quality of life. I have since moved from South Blvd. to Matthews where it's a bit better than where I was, and the shopping choices are great. I'll give Charlotte another year with the hopes to move further into Matthews hopefully with my own place. Any who, I'd rather be here than in the Northeast!
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:11 AM
 
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I moved here in September 2014 with the hopes that my life would be a bit better coming from D.C./MD and NY. After several months living in a "luxury" apartment complex on South Blvd., I was ready to move somewhere else due to the number of sound problems and crappy college students partying too much (don't these people have jobs!, oh that's right, mommy and daddy are paying your rents!). The apartment was rather pricy for Charlotte, almost like in DC/MD and NY. But Charlotte's trying too hard and too much to be like DC or NY! Too much building of apartment complexes that's not really worth the prices. The healthcare is good though. The prices in food stores here are better than up North. However, I'm beginning to wondering if this was a good move. So many violent crimes here lately, I'm beginning to think if it's even safe here! I'm a single, professional working older woman and expected Charlotte to be a bit quieter and better quality of life. I have since moved from South Blvd. to Matthews where it's a bit better than where I was, and the shopping choices are great. I'll give Charlotte another year with the hopes to move further into Matthews hopefully with my own place. Any who, I'd rather be here than in the Northeast!

Probably the last two places Charlotte people wish to copy is D.C. and NYC. We are growing because people are moving here at a rate places like NYC and D.C. haven't experienced since the beginning o the 20th century. There are some great places around South Boulevard that are quiet, classy and free of "crappy college students". You say that you want a quieter and safer place, yet you are disappointed that Charlotte isn't like NYC or D.C. I am confused. Normally, a person investigates a place before committing to a move there. Saying that Charlotte is trying too hard to be like NYC or D.C. is severely inaccurate. I believe we are trying to set our own style doing what people here want which is good enough for us crappy college graduates.
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