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Old 09-23-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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I would like to know the opinions of folks on here. Which area is a better place to live, Charlotte or Raleigh? We are in our late 30's and have an infant son. We are pretty regular people and like typical things. Restaurants, malls, parks and family things. Which city is more livable? I am a nurse and hubby is in transportation. Schools are important as well as our boy will be going on day. I would prefer homes prices under $225,000. I don't want to be married to a mortgage. Would like a place that has a reasonable cost of living as well. Please let me know which area is best and if you can recommend any suburban towns to call home. tyvm
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I would like to know the opinions of folks on here. Which area is a better place to live, Charlotte or Raleigh? We are in our late 30's and have an infant son. We are pretty regular people and like typical things. Restaurants, malls, parks and family things. Which city is more livable? I am a nurse and hubby is in transportation. Schools are important as well as our boy will be going on day. I would prefer homes prices under $225,000. I don't want to be married to a mortgage. Would like a place that has a reasonable cost of living as well. Please let me know which area is best and if you can recommend any suburban towns to call home. tyvm
Both cities have a lot going for them, and ideally the best one to live in is the one you can get a job in

In your price range you'll have more house choices in Charlotte and its metro.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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The unemployment rate is higher in Charlotte than in Raleigh, but I will do my homework. Thanks!
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Loves is on the money.

The best one is the one is where your job is!
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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You didn't give enough information as for me to make a recommendation of one over the other. On the criteria that you list, there really isn't much difference. There is probably a bit better choice of education choices in the RDU area. As mentioned above there is a slightly less cost of housing in the CLT area. Raleigh usually beats Charlotte on livability studies.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:22 PM
 
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Yeah... If you're looking at suburban towns, both are probably going to be the same... Charlotte offers more in attractions. Other than that, a burb is a burb. All the same from city to city
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Income levels are higher in Raleigh and the schools are better there and is more family oriented. Charlotte has more of a big city vibe and there are more things to do there. Both cities have upscale amenities. Charlotte has over 700,000 people and Raleigh has over 400,000 people.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:31 AM
 
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....Charlotte has over 700,000 people and Raleigh has over 400,000 people.
That is just differences in annexation. Wake county and Mecklenburg county are essentially the same size. The metros are also very similar in size.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:01 AM
 
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That is just differences in annexation. Wake county and Mecklenburg county are essentially the same size. The metros are also very similar in size.
All he was saying is that Charlotte is the larger city of the two. Nothing more.

To the OP
You've been on Charlotte's board for over 2 years now. It seems to me that you should already have the information that you seek. After reading your OP, it sounds like you'd be happy in Asheville, the Triad, Fayetteville, and Wilmington as well. It's not like you must only live in Charlotte and/or the Triangle to get restaurants, suburbs, parks, and malls.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Raleigh.
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