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Old 01-22-2015, 09:19 AM
 
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My family and I have lived in Ohio our entire life and want to make a major move to better ourselves and our children. We are thinking around the Greenville/Winterville area only because it is close enough to the ocean but inward far enough that hurricanes won't be a huge issue. (Maybe I'm wrong about that, please let me know if I am). I also found Winterville on a list of the best places to raise children. We have also considered Raleigh as well. We have 2 small children and school systems are also very important to me as is crime rates. I live in a town that doesn't have alot for children to do now (parks, play places, community activies, etc) and this is very important to me as we will not know a single person when we make the move. Any advice that anyone can get me we be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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My family and I have lived in Ohio our entire life and want to make a major move to better ourselves and our children. We are thinking around the Greenville/Winterville area only because it is close enough to the ocean but inward far enough that hurricanes won't be a huge issue. (Maybe I'm wrong about that, please let me know if I am). I also found Winterville on a list of the best places to raise children. We have also considered Raleigh as well. We have 2 small children and school systems are also very important to me as is crime rates. I live in a town that doesn't have alot for children to do now (parks, play places, community activies, etc) and this is very important to me as we will not know a single person when we make the move. Any advice that anyone can get me we be appreciated. Thanks
Look up Hurricane Floyd (1999) and see how it affected thte Greenville area.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Look up Hurricane Floyd (1999) and see how it affected the Greenville area.
Also, when Hurricane Irene blew through in 2011, there was a lot of inland damage from up-rooted trees. Some roofs were blown off, and crops were damaged.

This is not to dissuade you from looking at Winterville, it's just that you have to be realistic. I have read that home insurers see anything east of I-95 and charge a premium for wind and hail coverage.

The Raleigh area is also a good choice, but the primary criterion should be where the wage earner can find the best job. Even from Raleigh, you are about 2+ hours to a beach, and that is doable for a day-trip.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:37 AM
 
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It is always hit or miss with hurricanes in NC.One did major damage in Raleigh before i moved here in 2005.We will be moving to the New Bern area from Raleigh in the upcoming months.Good luck to you
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:03 PM
 
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Been in Greenville 8 years (from Ohio originally). Missed Floyd so can't comment on its effect. Haven't had significant damage from a hurricane - only some downed limbs. Depending upon approach - any inland area can be somewhat affected but it has never been a real issue at least for me. Definitely different in eastern NC from Ohio - certainly the lay of the land and amount of trailer parks was one of my biggest surprises. Schools in this area are not as good as they were in Ohio (at least Cuyahoga County), but they are not bad either. I think Wake County has better schools (Raleigh) overall.

The city and surrounding areas (Winterville) are slowly arising from my perceived stuck in the 60's era, but has a good way to go. Nice people overall, but would take some time to adjust. Raleigh would be less of a cultural change (unless you are from a more rural area).

Overall not a bad place to relocate, just very different. (I feel safe saying as I have lived Ohio, PA, CT, DC, VA). One caveat - moving to NC you will miss ethnic unique features (food especially, neighborhoods, festivals, etc)
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:40 PM
 
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One caveat - moving to NC you will miss ethnic unique features (food especially, neighborhoods, festivals, etc)
That's not all of NC, that's just Winterville. Go to other urban areas in NC and you'll find plenty of ethnic features. For example, Wilmington has very large and active Greek and Hispanic communities.

Winterville was nothing but farmland and a little bitty town in the middle of nowhere until recently. It's going to take a while for their culture to catch up.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:42 PM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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That's not all of NC, that's just Winterville. Go to other urban areas in NC and you'll find plenty of ethnic features. For example, Wilmington has very large and active Greek and Hispanic communities.

Winterville was nothing but farmland and a little bitty town in the middle of nowhere until recently. It's going to take a while for their culture to catch up.
So true. Please don't make a sweeping assumption about an entire state based on life in a suburb of a college town.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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What are the areas in Greenville that I should avoid when looking for houses? I don't want to be in a really unsafe area but I don't want near frat houses either.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:58 PM
 
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Find out from people in the area a good realtor there.Our realtor has really helped us in the New Bern area.Also if you can spend a few days in the area
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Southport
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Find out from people in the area a good realtor there.Our realtor has really helped us in the New Bern area.Also if you can spend a few days in the area
Well give him or her a shoutout!
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