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Old 02-20-2011, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, MN
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Hello-

My husband and I are considering a move from Stillwater, MN to Wilmington or other areas in NC. We are in our early 30s with a one year old daughter. Basically, we hope to find a place where we can regularly access the beach, the housing isn't outrageously priced, and we can make a nice life for our family.

I don't think we would leave MN, except for the fact that we can no longer tolerate the winters here. We hope to eventually be self- sufficient with our own business and are comfortable with " making due" in the interim. We obviously want a place where our daughter can be safe and attend good schools.

My major concern is the racism in the South. My husband and I are a mixed-race couple and I want to make sure that we won't feel totally out of place. I am originally from Ohio (born to mixed race parents) and have lived in Minnesota for many years. My husband is also from WI. Needless to say, I have obviously dealt with my share of stares/under the breath comments (not that any of these places are bad- just lacking the diversity of say NYC, LA, etc)

I appreciate your honest opinions. This is a big life decision and we want to be as informed as possible. Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: NC
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in one of the larger towns (wilmington, greenville, jacksonville) youd be just fine.

even out in the country, few people really care anymore.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Most of the places directly on the coast are tourist towns, with very seasonal populations. Wilmington is the largest "city" on the NC coast but not really a "city". There is a university there so it is more liberal. Jacksonville (or somewhere nearby) might be your best bet, as it is a military town with a diverse and transient population. Of course, you may not want to live in a military town.

You might also look just across the borders in both directions, to the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area of Virginia, which is a real city (and also quite transient), and to Myrtle Beach, SC, which also is larger than anything in NC and thus would presumably have less of a "small-town" mentality. However, until you've actually been here, don't presume that racism in the South is what it's been portrayed in the media. It's generally not a big issue most of the time (though I am white so admittedly I am ignorant of the subtleties of racism).

Here are links to general demographic profiles of the cities of NC; look into Wilmington and Jacksonville (And Greenville, if you want to go a lot further inland).
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, MN
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Thank you for your responses. I'm curious since I've been reading that there are a lot of retirees in the area...are there neighborhoods in Wilmington that are known for having young families?
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:20 PM
 
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Default Hampstead?

I am also moving to Wilmington from Wisconsin. Mostly because of the winters. I have lived here most of my life, except for a few years in Florida (which I loved!), when my hubby was in the Navy. I have friends in Stillwater too.

I have been searching for info on the neighborhoods and schools, as I have 2 younger children also. I was just recently told about Hampstead, which is just north of Wilmington. May want to check that out.

Hopefully someone will give us some good info!

Best of luck to you!
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:42 AM
 
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Yes, definitely look at Hampstead -
Lots of families here - the Kiwanis Park is full every weekend with kids playing soccer and baseball and playing on the playground....
Hampstead has nice access to the Topsail Island beaches.
More amenities are being built in Surf City such as a new Harris Teeter grocery and an entertainment center which will have movie theatres.
It is a lovely area for a family - you can search this forum for further info.
Good luck to you in your moves.....I lived in Wisconsin for one winter, and while the people there are wonderful, I couldn't get away from that snow fast enough! Just not a fan of snow! We have enough in NC to enjoy and then let it melt and move on - my daffodils are starting to bloom!
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:06 AM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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I have done a lot of business in Minnesota in my past life and there will be a significant cultural shock for you coming to NC.

Not really speaking about REDNECKS and certainly not about RACISM, but from my experience, NC and MINN are a lot different in just the way folks have learned to look at things. Not saying better or worse, but certainly different. Just a heads up, and welcome!
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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Yes, definitely look at Hampstead -
Lots of families here - the Kiwanis Park is full every weekend with kids playing soccer and baseball and playing on the playground....
Hampstead has nice access to the Topsail Island beaches.
More amenities are being built in Surf City such as a new Harris Teeter grocery and an entertainment center which will have movie theatres.
It is a lovely area for a family - you can search this forum for further info.
Good luck to you in your moves.....I lived in Wisconsin for one winter, and while the people there are wonderful, I couldn't get away from that snow fast enough! Just not a fan of snow! We have enough in NC to enjoy and then let it melt and move on - my daffodils are starting to bloom!

About Topsail schools... I have been trying/hoping to get info on the elementary schools - are they all relatively the same (all good) or does one have a better reputation than the others? We will be in the Hampstead area next month to look around and I like areas in all 3 ES
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Swansboro, NC
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I was told Topsail High right on Hwy 17 was a fantastic school...I was told it had very good academics...
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Swansboro, NC
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You can go to the NC school report card site and look up the academics of all three elementaries..
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