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Old 08-06-2013, 01:03 PM
 
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Hi All,

I am relocating to NC from Upstate NY for a teaching job in Edgecomb Schools. I realize that the schools in Tarboro are very rural, but I have the taught in rural areas before. If anything, I am looking to teach in Wake (where I have family) and this position will get my foot into the state.

From what I have gathered, it would most likely be best to live in Rocky Mount or Greenville.

What are the pros and cons of both areas? Greenville is a bit further away, but does have a decent sized university. Most likely looking for 1Br/Studio apartments in either location.

Thanks everyone!
Saxes7
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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From what I have gathered, it would most likely be best to live in Rocky Mount or Greenville.

What are the pros and cons of both areas? Greenville is a bit further away, but does have a decent sized university. Most likely looking for 1Br/Studio apartments in either location.
Here's a recent discussion from another new teacher in the same situation: Working at Princeville, NC (near Tarboro). Please help!

Rocky Mount has a fairly high crime rate. Greenville is not great either, but there are safer suburbs. At least Greenville has more young singles among the college student population. You might do some reading in the Greenville thread to see what it offers.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Actually, I have a friend who grew up in Tarboro and posts the most beautiful pictures that a friend of hers takes of wonderful old homes in Tarboro, some in good condition and some in gorgeous decay. It could be an interesting place to spend a year or two if you want to live the slow life for a bit.

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Otherwise, Greenville wouldn't be too bad of drive.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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Thanks for the input. Rocky Mount seems closer to where I am working, however nearly everyone I talk to says to avoid it like the plague. Greenville surely is a bigger area with more to do. Anything else I should know? Wainright property management in Greenville has a lot of affordable apartments.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:35 PM
 
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The more I read different threads on Greenville the more I am confused. My budget is in the 350-425 Range for a 1br/studio. #1 priority (like most) is safety. Any thoughts on some complexes that meet the criteria? Seems like a lot of complexes are generalized as a little sketchy unless I can spend 500+ on a unit.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:17 PM
 
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I would suggest renting close to your job in Tarboro and then explore the other areas you may be interested in once you are down here.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the insight everyone. This is all very helpful!
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:08 AM
 
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We were out to dinner last night with a friend that was born and raised in RM and relocated to Greenville 8 yrs. ago. She was saying to avoid RM completely, that the drug problem is out of control and the general mentality of the locals is not to trust people from the North (Yankees). We told her a story that happened to us 11 yrs. ago when we were relocating from NJ and stopped for directions at the RM Police station. When we left the station a Police car followed us to the house we were considering (he was on the dispatch phone the entire time) & to the boarder of the next town. That, in itself was a reason we did not move to that area.

There are many nice areas of Greenville/Winterville that are very affordable for you. Best of luck to you.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the info Kelsie. I am going to be driving through RM on my way to Greenville, so I'll have a chance to take a quick look at it. I am 99% sure I will grab a place in Greenville. I am a pretty flexible person and will initially be consumed with work, however I think I will enjoy the proximity to both Raleigh and the coast from Greenville.

Thanks again!
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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We were out to dinner last night with a friend that was born and raised in RM and relocated to Greenville 8 yrs. ago. She was saying to avoid RM completely, that the drug problem is out of control and the general mentality of the locals is not to trust people from the North (Yankees). We told her a story that happened to us 11 yrs. ago when we were relocating from NJ and stopped for directions at the RM Police station. When we left the station a Police car followed us to the house we were considering (he was on the dispatch phone the entire time) & to the boarder of the next town. That, in itself was a reason we did not move to that area.

There are many nice areas of Greenville/Winterville that are very affordable for you. Best of luck to you.
He was probably talking to "Boss Hogg", makin sure they ran out the carpetbaggers!
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