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Old 12-15-2012, 06:33 AM
Location: Charlotte
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First off, you can't discuss Chapel Hill without discussing Raleigh and Durham.

Economy- Frederick has no Fortune 500 companies. The nearest are in Washington and Baltimore, an hour away.

Even though there are no F500's in Chapel Hill, there are 2 in Raleigh (37 minutes) and Cary (30 minutes). Chapel Hill is also only 40 minutes away from Burlington, which contains another F500.

The Research Triangle Park alone surpasses the highest employed company in Frederick, which is only 9,200.

Chapel Hill, and the Triangle as a whole feel more educated and work-oriented.

Education- There's honestly no competition here. UNC, Duke and NC State are untouchable in this regard. Simple as that.

Vibe- Chapel Hill is a large college town, obviously. The area felt very young, having the typical nightlife, ect. However in Frederick, I felt like "oh, a town an hour away from Baltimore."

Location- Chapel Hill has the advantage. Having the mountains and the beach that close to the city is a huge bonus.

Politics- Orange, Durham and Wake county are all blue and Frederick county is red. Politics are subjective, therefore, discussing this is irrelevant. But, the Triangle is much more progressive in this regard.

I'd give weather to Chapel Hill as well, even though this is also subjective.

The Triangle has a lot of sprawl, but that's to be expected because it's currently one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. IMO, they've been able to maintain housing development/transportation, although there is still much work to be done.

All in all, Frederick to me is, as said before, a town an hour away from Washington/Baltimore and Chapel Hill is one of the three big boys in the Triangle, thus, having the activities, atmosphere, vibe of it. Definitely Chapel Hill, 100%.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:05 PM
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As of 2019: Frederick hands down better. Large cultural downtown area with multiple monthly events. Massive municipal park that runs through the center of the city hosts live music concerts all summer every Sunday. Park includes a restored wetlands pond area where you can regularly see all types of heron, egret, duck, geese. Booming microbrew and distillery scene. Established foodie scene. Film festival. LGBT pride festival, arts festival, food festival. Numerous historic points and architectural interest from the mid 1700s thru civil war era. Enough big box and chains to keep you happy when you get the itch but you will be able to shop all small and local business. Access to a protected job market due to being in commute distance to DC and NOVA where all the good jobs are. Traffic is hell but worth it when you come home each night and all weekend to Frederick. You can drive anywhere in Frederick however in 5 minutes or less. Access to the best healthcare in country as Johns Hopkins is a short drive to Baltimore. In the mountains but only 1.5 hours to the bay or 3 hr drive to the beach. Access to top notch concerts, theater and sports events in Dc and Baltimore. Minor league baseball in Frederick as well as local theater company and Sky Stage. Two small private colleges Hood and Mt St Mary’s PLUS Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Univ Maryland, GWU, American University, Catholic University just to name a few with in 45 miles. Four real seasons and summer is not oppressive like it is in RDU Chapel Hill. I could go on and on. Last but not least the best damn crab and crab cakes on earth because you’ll be in Maryland.

I lived in Frederick 12 yrs and moved to Raleigh in 2018. Raleigh/Cary/Chapel Hill is at least 10 years behind what Frederick has to offer and you have to drive up to DC for any decent big name events because NC still has a bad reputation over the “bathroom bill.” Crime is serious in Raleigh and Durham area. Let’s not even get started on the political moves to further create more laws that attack rights and disenfranchise LGBT and African American populations. I’m currently planning my move back to Frederick.

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Old 02-20-2019, 10:42 AM
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Chapel Hill. Easily. Frederick is nice for what it is though.
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Old Today, 08:26 AM
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Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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I don't see the appeal of living in Chapel Hill if you didn't attend college at UNC or work at UNC. I would recommend living in south Durham, Apex or North Raleigh.

Frederick is better if you want more hiking opportunities near your house. It has great mountain overlooks in state parks nearby.

It also has a great downtown park with a creek / canal.
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Old Today, 09:17 AM
Location: Naples Island
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IMO, Frederick has an attractive, vibrant, interesting downtown area for a relatively small, economically insignificant city; however, the setting of Chapel Hill is much more pleasant overall. In addition to the university presence, the Chapel Hill area is heavily wooded. As a result, the city and its environs appear leafier and more upscale than Frederick. On the other hand, Frederick has more open land that features farms amid rolling hills; however, the typical residential neighborhood in Frederick is not particularly leafy and homey-looking.
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Old Today, 10:47 AM
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Familiar with both. Definitely Chapel Hill.
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Old Today, 12:58 PM
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Chapel Hill has very expensive real estate, but there are a lot of amenities and excellent public schools. Even people not connected with UNC enjoy the walkable downtown and cultural assets around the university. I probably would choose another part of the Triangle to live in, but it's a great place to have nearby.

Frederick has decent outdoor access and an interesting historic feel, but the commutes to major job centers are brutal in the DC area. The winter climate is marginally colder and snowier as well.

The two cities are certainly a contrast politically - an ultra-blue city in a light red state with a D governor (and a legislature that acts as if it's dark red) vs. a purple city in a solid blue state with an R governor.
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