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Old 01-09-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: NC
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People move to easten NC because it's supposedly afforable right? Why are the gas prices anywhere east of Smithfield at least 10 cents more a gallon than Raleigh/Cary/CH?!?!? I've noticed this because I have driven to Cary the past 3 weekends in a row. I guess we should thank Fisher Oil Co. for the markup?!

The average family in New Bern earns $39k/year. The average family in Raleigh earns $60k/year. The homes in New Bern are not less expensive than Raleigh. Taxes are the same as Raleigh. The utilities in NB are more expensive. So much for cheaper living. No wonder 20% of the New Bern population is below the poverty line.

Perhaps it is more affordable to live in eastern NC than up north. However, for non-retirees (those who still have to work) it may not be as affordable as you may think.
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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People move to easten NC because it's supposedly afforable right?
not that i know of, no. typically people move to eastern NC because it is near the ocean. If I had wanted affordable, I would've lived somewhere like Columbia or Greensboro.


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Why are the gas prices anywhere east of Smithfield at least 10 cents more a gallon than Raleigh/Cary/CH?!?!? I've noticed this because I have driven to Cary the past 3 weekends in a row. I guess we should thank Fisher Oil Co. for the markup?!

The average family in New Bern earns $39k/year. The average family in Raleigh earns $60k/year. The homes in New Bern are not less expensive than Raleigh. Taxes are the same as Raleigh. The utilities in NB are more expensive. So much for cheaper living. No wonder 20% of the New Bern population is below the poverty line.

Perhaps it is more affordable to live in eastern NC than up north. However, for non-retirees (those who still have to work) it may not be as affordable as you may think.
well, that's the difference between income and wealth.

due to the economic melt-up, u.s. wealth is held mostly by retirees (or those soon-to-be), and the ENC housing prices are driven by relocating retirees unloading their savings/investment in this area.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:58 AM
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If you end up in an "electric city", New Bern being one, you are certainly screwed on electical costs, that is for sure!
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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People move to easten NC because it's supposedly afforable right? Why are the gas prices anywhere east of Smithfield at least 10 cents more a gallon than Raleigh/Cary/CH?!?!? I've noticed this because I have driven to Cary the past 3 weekends in a row. I guess we should thank Fisher Oil Co. for the markup?!

The average family in New Bern earns $39k/year. The average family in Raleigh earns $60k/year. The homes in New Bern are not less expensive than Raleigh. Taxes are the same as Raleigh. The utilities in NB are more expensive. So much for cheaper living. No wonder 20% of the New Bern population is below the poverty line.

Perhaps it is more affordable to live in eastern NC than up north. However, for non-retirees (those who still have to work) it may not be as affordable as you may think.
I think people move here for the weather and the ocean,not the cost of living.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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NC Metro Averages as of this morning (1/11/12):

Greensboro & Triad - $3.395 per gallon of regular.
Wilmington - $3.397
Raleigh & Triangle - $3.419
Asheville - $3.424
Charlotte - $3.429
Fayetteville - $3.478

AAA
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: NC
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NC Metro Averages as of this morning (1/11/12):

Greensboro & Triad - $3.395 per gallon of regular.
Wilmington - $3.397
Raleigh & Triangle - $3.419
Asheville - $3.424
Charlotte - $3.429
Fayetteville - $3.478

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That is NOT accurate. WRAL (the local news station) has an accurate list. It is $3.33 for regular unleaded. New Bern is $3.39 for the least expensive place in town.

Find the lowest gas prices in the Triangle :: WRAL.com

New Bern Gas Prices - Find the Lowest Gas Prices in New Bern, North Carolina and Craven County to Save Money on Fuel - Motor Trend Magazine
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: NC
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I think people move here for the weather and the ocean,not the cost of living.
I've heard many retirees say they move to New Bern because of the "low cost of living" compared to other places such as Destin, Florida or even Morehead City, NC.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:58 PM
 
Location: FL-Gulf Coast
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If you end up in an "electric city", New Bern being one, you are certainly screwed on electical costs, that is for sure!
That's for sure. I lived in Greenville for a year, and them moved to Va. The rate per KWH was 45% lower in Va.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Whether it's cheaper or not depends on where you came from and where you moved to. I can with all certainty tell you that people are moving to this area because it is cheaper. Homes are significantly, by about 50%, cheaper here than in the Northeast. Since the homes are cheaper the property tax is cheaper. Electricity is cheaper. You've never had to pay a expensive bill until you've gotten a Constellation Energy bill. It averages about 4 cents more per KWH.

Transfer taxes are cheaper when you buy and sell homes. Auto insurance is cheaper. Veternarians are cheaper. Medical costs are cheaper. Private schools are cheaper. Day care for children is cheaper. Just to have a dog is cheaper. In the county I moved from dog tags are $20 a year. They don't even have dog tags here. Vehicle license plates are cheaper.

The list just goes on and on. People move here because the cost of living is cheaper, the weather is more moderate and it's near the ocean.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Unaltered dog tag is $24, altered dog is $6 now in Howard County. But our wonderful governor is proposing raising sales tax, gasoline taxes and even raising the tax on people with septic systems in Maryland.

Less than three years and WE'RE becoming North Carolinians.

Oh, yeah, in addition to the cost of living being lower, we've also found the pace of life in NC more relaxed and the people are generally friendlier.
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