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Old 05-25-2020, 06:31 PM
 
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Hi everybody

What are your thoughts on troutman, NC?

And Greenville, SC?

I know these are like apples and oranges in some way, but I really need a comparison between the two. I don't particularly want to go into detail as to why we are honing in on these two places (it's a lot of typing )

And I know I can look some of these up (I have), but I value people's personal experiences a lot. And I have read extensively on Greenville, SC forums, but I want to get a comparison specifically on troutman to Greenville on these things.

**Conserv/Liberal?

**Fishing//hiking//outdoors activities?

**public schools?

** meeting people/other families/friends

**things to do??


Traffic isn't really an issue for us since both of us work from home full time.

Thanks so much on your input
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Old 05-25-2020, 07:21 PM
 
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They are nothing alike, if for no other reason one has a population of 70,000 (and is the center of a county of over 500,000) and the other has a population of 2,700.
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Old 05-26-2020, 05:34 AM
 
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Think of it like comparing a honda civic to a BMW 6 series. Sure, they are similar in that they are both cars with seats, tires and work for basic transportation. Neither one is the worst choice you could make nor the absolute pinnacle of automotive nirvana. However, one isn't just basic transport. It is more comfortable and has got bells and whistles the other can only dream of. If there wasn't a significant cost difference you know which one you would pick every time.
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Old 05-26-2020, 07:31 AM
 
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Pretty sure conservative

Lake Norman state park is in Troutman, so that’s a plus. You can also be in various mountain towns in an hour and a half.

There’s not a lot to do in Troutman, but most of your everyday needs should be able to be met in nearby Mooresville (or maybe Statesville). Probably about 40 minutes to the uptown area of Charlotte if there’s no traffic.

Zootastic Park is one family-friendly activity that is in Troutman.

Not too familiar with the schools. If you’re looking in suburban neighborhoods, I’m sure a lot of people will also work from home, some in Mooresville (I’d bet many of those at Lowe’s HQ), and some in Charlotte.
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Old 05-26-2020, 09:32 AM
 
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Greenville, SC is a metro area of almost 1 million people. Definitely more to offer in Greenville on all of your metrics used. Greenville County/Upstate is definitely the most conservative area in the state versus Charleston and Columbia. I'd choose Greenville in this scenario.
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Old 05-26-2020, 10:23 AM
 
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Greenville, SC is a metro area of almost 1 million people. Definitely more to offer in Greenville on all of your metrics used. Greenville County/Upstate is definitely the most conservative area in the state versus Charleston and Columbia. I'd choose Greenville in this scenario.
And the Charlotte metro area (which Troutman is a part of) is 2.5X that...
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:00 AM
 
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And the Charlotte metro area (which Troutman is a part of) is 2.5X that...
Ok.
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Old 05-26-2020, 12:28 PM
 
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Ok.
So using metro area size as an argument for Greenville probably isn’t your best argument...

Greenville will have more amenities close by, but Troutman has more amenities in the overall (Charlotte) area.
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:45 AM
 
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Thank you so much you guys for your input )
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:31 PM
 
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So using metro area size as an argument for Greenville probably isn’t your best argument...

Greenville will have more amenities close by, but Troutman has more amenities in the overall (Charlotte) area.
Seeing as though Troutman is an exurb and Greenville is the central city its region, urbanized area population is probably the best measure to use. The only issue with that is Troutman is part of urban Statesville which is the barely-connected northern appendage of Charlotte's urbanized area as of 2010. In 2000 it was its own urban cluster of about 34K and from that year to 2018 the municipalities of Statesville and Troutman added a combined 5K people. I'd say you could realistically round up to 50K for Troutman-Statesville which still has a measure of autonomy in the larger region. Greenville's urbanized area is completely contiguous with that of suburban Mauldin-Simpsonville which gives it a combined urbanized area population of about 580K (this doesn't include Spartanburg or Anderson which have their own separate urbanized areas). Statistically that's over 10x larger than Troutman-Statesville but in real life it's probably closer to 5x larger since there is a larger population base to the south in Mooresville/Lake Norman that can be easily accessed.

Now of course if the OP winds up in a Greenville exurb like Laurens, that changes the comparison a bit. But I think this is probably as close as it gets to an apples to apples comparison.
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