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Old 10-26-2012, 01:04 AM
 
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My husband and I are are considering a move to the Charlotte area - probably living in Ballantyne or Weddington/Waxhaw. We have been to Charlotte several times and really like the area, but we are concerned about "fitting in" and making friends here. We are from the Pacific Northwest, so a move to the East Coast and the South will be a big change for us. We are both very liberal in our political viewpoints and aren't very religious (though we are not outspoken about these views). Will that cause problems? Would we be the only family in the neighborhood not going to church on a Sunday morning? Will any of this cause our elementary school aged children to not fit-in with other kids?

I appreciate any thoughts/insights anyone has to share about this.
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:11 AM
 
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With the exception of Easter Sunday, I'd say you will run into more people in Charlotte/Mecklenburg that never step into a Church over those who do. Of course, the further you move away from the center of of Charlotte, the more conservative it gets. Therefore if this is a concern, limit your search to Mecklenburg County.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:28 AM
 
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If you move to ballantyne or weddington you won't be living among many southerners, so no worries there.

How do you get along with folks from buffalo and LI?
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:54 AM
 
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If you move to ballantyne or weddington you won't be living among many southerners, so no worries there.

How do you get along with folks from buffalo and LI?
Excellent point! And don't forget about many transplants for New Jersey, Ohio & Pennsylvania.

Before moving here, I didn't fully understand the magnitude of the northern invasion of Charlotte, especially from the North East. I'll freely admit that I'd prefer more native Southerners in the area. Some of the LI/NY/NJ types take some getting used to... (Outside voice: I said "some," not all. Inside voice: Way too many of them, but not all. )
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:47 AM
 
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My husband and I are are considering a move to the Charlotte area - probably living in Ballantyne or Weddington/Waxhaw. We have been to Charlotte several times and really like the area, but we are concerned about "fitting in" and making friends here. We are from the Pacific Northwest, so a move to the East Coast and the South will be a big change for us. We are both very liberal in our political viewpoints and aren't very religious (though we are not outspoken about these views). Will that cause problems? Would we be the only family in the neighborhood not going to church on a Sunday morning? Will any of this cause our elementary school aged children to not fit-in with other kids?

I appreciate any thoughts/insights anyone has to share about this.
Not sure that you would have problems "fitting in"..like others have said, there are a lot of Northeastern folks in those areas.

But, you SURE would have a frustration problem...just read some of the more controversial threads here!
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:07 AM
 
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Where are these northeastern types? Every Mom I meet seems to be from "the area," and not interested in even a conversation. Just getting frustrated. Most everyone is at least nice, but a play date, "Horrors". Oh, and what is up with southern hospitality. Not one person knocked our door when we moved in. Definitely like NYC!
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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My husband and I are are considering a move to the Charlotte area - probably living in Ballantyne or Weddington/Waxhaw. We have been to Charlotte several times and really like the area, but we are concerned about "fitting in" and making friends here. We are from the Pacific Northwest, so a move to the East Coast and the South will be a big change for us. We are both very liberal in our political viewpoints and aren't very religious (though we are not outspoken about these views). Will that cause problems? Would we be the only family in the neighborhood not going to church on a Sunday morning? Will any of this cause our elementary school aged children to not fit-in with other kids?

I appreciate any thoughts/insights anyone has to share about this.

I'll chime in here. As others have stated most of the folks living in those areas seem to be from the Northeast. There are many transplants here, although I have not met too many from PNW area. My wife and I are both CLT natives, but our views and lifestyle are more west coast in nature. I have spent alot of time on the west coast, my family lives out there. If you are looking for areas that are more like what you are use to then might I suggest inner city. Areas such as Plaza Midwood, NoDa, Elizabeth, Madison Park, Dilworth, Commonwealth Park and Chantilly are all parts of town that in my opinion are more "west coast" in nature.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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Where are these northeastern types? Every Mom I meet seems to be from "the area," and not interested in even a conversation. Just getting frustrated. Most everyone is at least nice, but a play date, "Horrors". Oh, and what is up with southern hospitality. Not one person knocked our door when we moved in. Definitely like NYC!
It would help to understand your perceived situation if we knew what area you lived in.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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If you move to ballantyne or weddington you won't be living among many southerners, so no worries there.

How do you get along with folks from buffalo and LI?

Yep
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Where are these northeastern types? Every Mom I meet seems to be from "the area," and not interested in even a conversation. Just getting frustrated. Most everyone is at least nice, but a play date, "Horrors". Oh, and what is up with southern hospitality. Not one person knocked our door when we moved in. Definitely like NYC!
True Southerners are now outnumbered in Charlotte , so don't blame them.

Those people who are not knocking on your door are from other parts of the country.
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