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Old 02-17-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Waterbury, CT
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I am a 23 year old single male from Waterbury, CT who has recently been granted a job opportunity in the Charlotte area. I have never been to North Carolina before, let alone Charlotte (though I will be visiting soon to check it out). Where should I look to rent an apartment (I'll have about a 35K budget)? Can I live comfortably on 35K in NC, because that is a definite NO in the Northeast? Also, what can I expect for nightlife? Are there a good amount of single girls my age down there? What is the general culture of the city? I'm a sports junkie and I know you have the Bobcats, Panthers, and Hartford Whalers, but is NASCAR (bleh) the be all and end all of sports in the Charlotte area? Is there anything else I should be made aware of? Thank you for addressing these questions and I look forward to visiting Charlotte soon.
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I am a 23 year old single male from Waterbury, CT who has recently been granted a job opportunity in the Charlotte area. I have never been to North Carolina before, let alone Charlotte (though I will be visiting soon to check it out). Where should I look to rent an apartment (I'll have about a 35K budget)? Can I live comfortably on 35K in NC, because that is a definite NO in the Northeast? Also, what can I expect for nightlife? Are there a good amount of single girls my age down there? What is the general culture of the city? I'm a sports junkie and I know you have the Bobcats, Panthers, and Hartford Whalers, but is NASCAR (bleh) the be all and end all of sports in the Charlotte area? Is there anything else I should be made aware of? Thank you for addressing these questions and I look forward to visiting Charlotte soon.
A single guy can definitely live on 35k a year here in NC and Charlotte.

Plan to live close to uptown for the nightlife and socializing you want. There are condos and apts for rent there too.

But just outside of the uptown area is the Plaza Midwood neighborhood, you might like that. It is very walkable with bars, restaurants, lots of young people.

While Charlotte is mostly known as a somewhat conservative, family city there is truly something here for everyone. Welcome, and congrats on the new job!
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: The Queen City
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Like LovesMountains stated, Uptown is the place for you, lots of single young professionals in the area, in addition to a vibrant night life. $35K is not great, but it is a start and if you are careful with your budget, you will be able to live a decent life. Coming from the NE, it might be a bit of a culture shock, so be open minded and don't be too agressive with the locals. Welcome to Charlotte!
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Just so you know, the Carolina Hurricanes actually play in the Raleigh/Durham area. We do have a hockey team, the Charlotte Checkers, that play here in town. I'm not exactly sure if they're ECHL or AHL...someone feel free to jump in here...but they're pretty popular. Just wanted you to know there's no NHL team in town, just in case that's a deal-breaker for you.
Congrats on your upcoming move!
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Waterbury, CT
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Thanks for the input everyone, I appreciate it. What streets constitute Uptown? That definitely sounds like the area I want to be in.

I don't really even follow the NHL, as you can tell I'm still a little bitter about North Carolina "stealing" the Hartford Whalers . I didn't know they played in Raleigh though, that's interesting. Again, thanks for the input.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: The Queen City
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Uptown is the city center, Trade Street, Tryon Street, Mint Street, Stonewall Street, College Street, Church Street, basically zip code 28201. Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Thanks for the input everyone, I appreciate it. What streets constitute Uptown? That definitely sounds like the area I want to be in.

I don't really even follow the NHL, as you can tell I'm still a little bitter about North Carolina "stealing" the Hartford Whalers . I didn't know they played in Raleigh though, that's interesting. Again, thanks for the input.

Look at a map of Charlotte - see the area within the I277 loop around the middle of the city? That's uptown
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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What kind of night life are you into? I am also a 23 year old male and I live on the edge of uptown/277 loop. Its a 10 min walk to most things entertainment so cabs and DDs are never needed. And yes plenty of eye candy. Cant wait for pool season...

you'll have to pick your housing carefully and be generally fiscally conservative with a 35k income if you expect to save any money for a rainy day but its not impossible to live around the uptown area and enjoy what it has to offer.
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