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Old 06-26-2018, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I am currently a police officer in the Seattle area and we are looking to move back down south. Although, I am New England native, prior to my time in Seattle, I lived in Houston for ten years. I actually enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest, but my wife absolutely hates it. She does not do well with the rain and clouds a good chunk of the year. The other issue is the cost of living here is insane due to Amazon and Microsoft and low inventory. The average home in Seattle in now 750k, but that has bled out to the suburbs. We are paying $2400 for rent in our house that is 30 miles out of Seattle. I make a 100k and am barely getting by.


We are looking at either go back to Texas or starting anew in either Florida or the Charlotte area (I prefer to be back on the east coast). I am not all that keen on returning to Texas. It's more of a 'been there, done that' type for me.


I have a few questions for you.




1) Cost of living. We would most likely live in the suburbs. What is the average cost of living in the burbs? Average home price etc..


2) How is Charlotte area politically. We are more independent. The over the top radical leftist politics in Seattle is starting to be a turn off. It's not even card carrying Democrats; it has gone way beyond the normal sense of liberal. It pure progressive socialism where one could barely walk down a sidewalk without dealing with tents occupied by heroin users.


3) I prefer a quitter area suburb with good schools. Any recommendations?


4) How is the weather overall? It is sunny often and are there four seasons? Is it humid?


5) How are community relations with Charlotte PD? Is it a good respected department? I am interested to hear citizen feedback.


6) How are the restaurants? What are the popular cuisines in Charlotte?


7) How close by are the mountains and what is the nearest good beach on the Atlantic? Myrtle Beach seems relatively close.




Thank you
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:13 AM
 
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You will make half or less than what you are currently making. Housing is cheaper, but most everything else cost about the same. Your housing cost may go down $1,000 or $1,2000 a month, but your take home pay will go from what, $6,000 a month to $3,000 or $3,500? Thats not going to make you better off.

https://www1.salary.com/NC/Charlotte...er-salary.html
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:38 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Housing in the Charlotte area is deceiving. Yes it looks cheap on realty sites but you don't want to be in those areas. Anything inside the 485 loop (the highway that goes around the city) is where those $175,000 "nice" homes are... and your neighbor is a trailer, or your backyard backs up to train tracks, or you're right under the flight path of Charlotte Douglass airport so you get 200+ planes a day right over your roof tops. Not to mention those are higher crime areas.

fairly even on sunny and cloudy imo. Autumn and winter being the more cloudy and rainy season. At least it was last year. I've lived in NH and SW Florida , the latter for 34 years. Its not even as close to humid as Fla and we can get as cold as New England but it won't last as long.

Can't comment on PD. My husband is retired from law enforcement after 15 years and now works in finance. Charlotte had huge riots in 2015 against the police. Its very diverse and you have a mixture of a lot of Trump loving southern mentality and everyone else. You do the math. The bathroom bill against transgenders still hasn't died out here and its costing the state billions over the next 10 years. Companies either up and left or found headquarters elsewhere. At one point some implemented travel black outs for their employees here because of it... If you have New England mentality it can be....taxing... to deal with a majority of peoples thinking here..

No comment on restaurants. I have a kid, I never get out.

Mountains are 2 1/2 hours away and beach is probably 3 hours away. IMO not really a day trip type thing. More like a weekend trip.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:02 PM
 
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1) Cost of living. We would most likely live in the suburbs. What is the average cost of living in the burbs? Average home price etc..
For a home 15 miles outside of the city and in a decent school district zone, expect at least $300,000 for single family. This is going to really depend on where you want to live though. Parts of South Charlotte or the Lake Norman area, $300k is getting impossible to find a nice SFH. You might have to look further out like Indian Trail. Townhomes or condos open up more options. Regardless you should be able to find something for less than the $2,400 you are paying now, but your pay may be lower here.

2) How is Charlotte area politically. We are more independent. The over the top radical leftist politics in Seattle is starting to be a turn off. It's not even card carrying Democrats; it has gone way beyond the normal sense of liberal. It pure progressive socialism where one could barely walk down a sidewalk without dealing with tents occupied by heroin users.
Mecklenburg County is mainly Democrats, with a conservative wedge. Surrounding counties are majority conservative and Republicans. In general it is less liberal than Seattle (especially when including the entire metro) and there are significantly less homeless people.

3) I prefer a quitter area suburb with good schools. Any recommendations?
What is your budget?

4) How is the weather overall? It is sunny often and are there four seasons? Is it humid?
Humid typical Southern summers, nice fall and spring, mild winter but it does get cold (highs in the 40's some days).

5) How are community relations with Charlotte PD? Is it a good respected department? I am interested to hear citizen feedback.
We had unrest during the peak of the Black Lives Matters movement. Google it and learn about it in Charlotte specifically. Relations with the police, like in most areas, depends on who you are talking to. The relationship is poorer with the cities minorities in general, whereas whites tend to like the police better in general. The city is working to address economic opportunity after the protests.

6) How are the restaurants? What are the popular cuisines in Charlotte?
Lots of great restaurants. Beer is very popular and there are numerous breweries making local craft beer all over the city. You can get most international cuisines in Charlotte, but local farm to table Southern cuisine is going to be typical and popular at high end restaurants (Good Food on Montford, Rooster's, Fig Tree, etc...). There will be less Asian cuisine and seafood than a waterfront city like Seattle. North Carolina is a big pork producing state so it will often be on the menu.

7) How close by are the mountains and what is the nearest good beach on the Atlantic? Myrtle Beach seems relatively close.
2 hours to Blue Ridge mountains, 1.5 hours to South Mountain State Park, 30 mins to Crowder Mountain. I prefer Charleston area for the beach (3 hours).



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Old 06-26-2018, 03:12 PM
 
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With 100k you could more easily live more within ur means than take a big pay cut in charlotte while trying to maintain the same standard of living. I perfectly understand why people want to come here though, it's more relaxed, especially if you're older.
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:38 PM
 
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You might take a look at some of the larger suburban centers like Concord/Kannapolis, Union County (Indian Trail, Stallings, etc.), Matthews/Mint Hill area in Mecklenburg County. Also take a look at Rock Hill/Fort Mill in South Carolina (Just over the border in South Carolina). I know you can get a very nice home on one-acre in Rock Hill for $275,000. Fort Mill is a bit more expensive.

You will find the politics more centrist to conservative in these areas. All of the locations are growing so they need law-enforcement. But you will most likely have to take a pay-cut.

Last edited by coxe; 06-26-2018 at 05:40 PM.. Reason: Add information
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:57 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'd like to add when we thought about moving up here my husband applied with the Charlotte PD. He had 15 years experience in law as an officer and 911 dispatcher and was making just around 100k working at our sheriffs office in Florida ... they REFUSED to consider any of his experience when factoring his pay and offered him $15.00 an hour which was standard starting pay (911 dispatcher) here in Charlotte. You may want to get pay straight before considering anything. NC is a right to work state so no unions. My husband left law when we moved here (as I said above) and opted to use his finance degree. Being government work, and right to work, you won't have any say in pay and more often than not they're going to pay you standard starting pay.
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Old 06-27-2018, 09:32 AM
 
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I can't speak with certainty, but I believe that at some point in the past, CMPD officers had to live within Mecklenburg county. I think that rule may have been relaxed regarding county lines, but SC may still not be an option. Something to clarify if applying or house hunting.
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:15 AM
 
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I'd like to add when we thought about moving up here my husband applied with the Charlotte PD. He had 15 years experience in law as an officer and 911 dispatcher and was making just around 100k working at our sheriffs office in Florida ... they REFUSED to consider any of his experience when factoring his pay and offered him $15.00 an hour which was standard starting pay (911 dispatcher) here in Charlotte. You may want to get pay straight before considering anything. NC is a right to work state so no unions. My husband left law when we moved here (as I said above) and opted to use his finance degree. Being government work, and right to work, you won't have any say in pay and more often than not they're going to pay you standard starting pay.
What is meant in your last sentence "Being government work?" Most starting salaries are based on experience and what a person brings to an organization. You are thinking union. We're not a forced union state, but nor is Florida, except for the government. That law changed today. Government workers are no longer required to join unions. That is a huge plus.

Where in Florida did you live? Top pay for a 911 dispatch in Fla. is $36K. That is $19-$39 per hour.

The average pay for a cop is $57K. Average in Charlotte id $52K. That is smaller but significantly. It all depends on experience, awards, etc.

A finance degree, whatever specific one you are referring to, varies in salaries. Charlotte is a city with a huge banking empire. A finance degree isn't worth that much unless accompanied with a wonderful resume from a very credible source in the field of finance.

We prefer the right to work status that we enjoy. We get comparable salaries for cities our size and a generally much better standard of living and bang for our buck. That is why so many international and union state companies want to relocate here.

Good luck.
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:49 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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What is meant in your last sentence "Being government work?" Most starting salaries are based on experience and what a person brings to an organization. You are thinking union. We're not a forced union state, but nor is Florida, except for the government. That law changed today. Government workers are no longer required to join unions. That is a huge plus.

Where in Florida did you live? Top pay for a 911 dispatch in Fla. is $36K. That is $19-$39 per hour.

The average pay for a cop is $57K. Average in Charlotte id $52K. That is smaller but significantly. It all depends on experience, awards, etc.

A finance degree, whatever specific one you are referring to, varies in salaries. Charlotte is a city with a huge banking empire. A finance degree isn't worth that much unless accompanied with a wonderful resume from a very credible source in the field of finance.

We prefer the right to work status that we enjoy. We get comparable salaries for cities our size and a generally much better standard of living and bang for our buck. That is why so many international and union state companies want to relocate here.

Good luck.

We lived in Naples, Fl .. One of the most expensive town in the state of Fla. The recession never really hit there (not like the rest of the country) and so housing didn't go down much and demanded much more pay. Plus my husband was vested and a senior/supervisor.



Government work meaning government salary is usually never negotiable. Charlotte PD did not count ANY time served on the job. My husband went back and forth with the lady who admitted she had a really hard time hiring experienced quality law enforcement because salary was not negotiable at all. Most people were new comers to the game. Their loss imo... My husband was part of a union in NH when he worked for their PD and we very much liked it.... Average pay is relative. Average pay as sheriff officers where we moved from was $80k plus. Overtime is mandatory and at time and a half you're pulling in near 100k a year. It didn't matter though because housing was so sky high that afforded you an apartment. Here 80k could afford you a McMansion in an HOA.
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