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Old 07-08-2015, 02:48 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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The only reason I mentioned some of those towns is because they are all close to Mecklenburg county& I agree that living as close to your job is best under most circumstances. But like you said Charlotte is the hub & the closer you are to the hub the more access you have to jobs,entertainment, shopping etc, it's just a matter of whether or not the trade off of increased commute is worth it & why she posted over here in the first place
She started on the mountain board. That basically means recommendations for Burke County. I suggested that she search this board & another poster suggested that she post here.

Also in her OP in this thread she says that she was told to post here, too. Then she told what she wants & clearly says that Charlotte is too far. That is why I questioned you to begin with. I assume that you live in Mooresville & wanted to promote your town. Promoting it for proximity to Mecklenburg County? Just tell the OP the truth. You are promoting proximity to Davidson.

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Old 07-08-2015, 04:31 PM
 
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She started on the mountain board. That basically means recommendations for Burke County. I suggested that she search this board & another poster suggested that she post here.

Also in her OP in this thread she says that she was told to post here, too. Then she told what she wants & clearly says that Charlotte is too far. That is why I questioned you to begin with. I assume that you live in Mooresville & wanted to promote your town. Promoting it for proximity to Mecklenburg County? Just tell the OP the truth. You are promoting proximity to Davidson.
Negative, I live in North Charlotte near Highland Creek & towns like Belmont,Mount Holly,Denver, Newton are all close to Mecklenburg some more so than others& might work for the OP. If it were me I would chose Belmont FWIW
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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I totally missed that the OP has a young child. Schools obviously would be important too.

Go to this site to compare schools in the various areas already mentioned on this thread.

NC School Report Cards

Certainly not all areas in a county/region are created equal so having a slightly longer commute might be worth it when you review the scores and grades of the different schools in the area you are choosing from. We've got some great schools though but did want to call that out and give you a resource for research as well.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:13 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Negative, I live in North Charlotte near Highland Creek & towns like Belmont,Mount Holly,Denver, Newton are all close to Mecklenburg some more so than others& might work for the OP. If it were me I would chose Belmont FWIW
Newton is near Hickory. I don't know much about those schools in Catawba County but it's been discussed in a recent Hickory-related thread.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:22 PM
 
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I totally missed that the OP has a young child. Schools obviously would be important too.

Go to this site to compare schools in the various areas already mentioned on this thread.

NC School Report Cards

Certainly not all areas in a county/region are created equal so having a slightly longer commute might be worth it when you review the scores and grades of the different schools in the area you are choosing from. We've got some great schools though but did want to call that out and give you a resource for research as well.
Yes, the child is near to getting a black belt.

You've given her good assistance. It's difficult to get just the right balance. I know of a couple of areas with good schools but they're just too rural.
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:58 AM
 
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Thank you all. i have heard/read/researched the schools in Mooresville and they are excellent which is why I am leaning towards Mooresville. My husband is wanting Hickory since; of course, he will be the one making the commute and there are very good schools there as well. He is going out there tonight/tomorrow but no time for house hunting/sightseeing. Since we are from The Chicago area, I think I'm having a hard time convincing him his commute for something that is 30-40 miles away will only take him 40-45 minutes. Again, 18 miles here equates to 1 hr + for the ride home. Plus, he is concerned about ice/snow (wintery) conditions causing traffic to slow in the winter. I am unsure and cannot provide him with a rebuttal since we have only known Chicago winters. Ugh... That's a whole reason in itself to move!!

I'm also leaning towards the fact that Lake Norman comes along with Mooresville. I've looked into some of the other towns mentioned here and while I (we) would love to be closer to the Charlotte metro area, working in Hickory doesn't allow it. I can't seem to find schools that compare to Hickory or Mooresville in Gastonia and Belmont (and others) seem a bit too far.
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:12 AM
 
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Thank you all. i have heard/read/researched the schools in Mooresville and they are excellent which is why I am leaning towards Mooresville. My husband is wanting Hickory since; of course, he will be the one making the commute and there are very good schools there as well. He is going out there tonight/tomorrow but no time for house hunting/sightseeing. Since we are from The Chicago area, I think I'm having a hard time convincing him his commute for something that is 30-40 miles away will only take him 40-45 minutes. Again, 18 miles here equates to 1 hr + for the ride home. Plus, he is concerned about ice/snow (wintery) conditions causing traffic to slow in the winter. I am unsure and cannot provide him with a rebuttal since we have only known Chicago winters. Ugh... That's a whole reason in itself to move!!

I'm also leaning towards the fact that Lake Norman comes along with Mooresville. I've looked into some of the other towns mentioned here and while I (we) would love to be closer to the Charlotte metro area, working in Hickory doesn't allow it. I can't seem to find schools that compare to Hickory or Mooresville in Gastonia and Belmont (and others) seem a bit too far.
Only specific main roads get plowed when it snows unless an incorporated town does otherwise.

In Gaston county the best middle school is Cramerton Middle. There are several excellent grade schools in that area. Cramerton Middle sends to Stuart Cramer High School. It's a new school & hasn't graduated anyone yet. Maybe this year.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Thank you all. i have heard/read/researched the schools in Mooresville and they are excellent which is why I am leaning towards Mooresville. My husband is wanting Hickory since; of course, he will be the one making the commute and there are very good schools there as well. He is going out there tonight/tomorrow but no time for house hunting/sightseeing. Since we are from The Chicago area, I think I'm having a hard time convincing him his commute for something that is 30-40 miles away will only take him 40-45 minutes. Again, 18 miles here equates to 1 hr + for the ride home. Plus, he is concerned about ice/snow (wintery) conditions causing traffic to slow in the winter. I am unsure and cannot provide him with a rebuttal since we have only known Chicago winters. Ugh... That's a whole reason in itself to move!!

I'm also leaning towards the fact that Lake Norman comes along with Mooresville. I've looked into some of the other towns mentioned here and while I (we) would love to be closer to the Charlotte metro area, working in Hickory doesn't allow it. I can't seem to find schools that compare to Hickory or Mooresville in Gastonia and Belmont (and others) seem a bit too far.
I think Mooresville would be a great choice, but of course I'm a little biased. Mooresville Graded School District as well as this part of the Iredell County school system is highly rated.

Hopefully once you are able to come down and take a look at the area and do the drive from Mooresville to Hickory it will help him see how wide open that area is in terms of being congestion free on the interstates.

As far as winters go...if we get snow you'll want to stay off the roads mainly because most of the roads won't be scraped to the level you get in Chicago. The equipment we use down here just isn't up to heavy snow and is barely acceptable in light snow honestly. Additionally most of the people drive around on all season (at best) or summer tires all year round so that makes it much more of an adventure in 2 inches of snow than it should be! If you have a 4x4 and proper tires you'll be fine as we don't get dumped on 4 out of 5 winters probably. Hickory will get a little more wintry weather than Mooresville but neither is getting enough to open ski resorts any time soon! haha
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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Thank you! So, basically IF it snows there, no matter where we live, traffic will stink? LOL.
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Thank you! So, basically IF it snows there, no matter where we live, traffic will stink? LOL.
Yes. And it will be quite acceptable to just stay home until it melts. The schools wil also probably be closed for the duration.
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