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Old 01-22-2008, 03:59 AM
 
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Hello,

I don't really know where to begin. I am considering moving from Minneapolis, MN to NC potentially Wilmington. I have read many other previous threads but none seemed to answer my questions due to my unique situation. So here goes.

I was born and raised for 16 years in Las Vegas. NV when I was born the pop was 350,000 when I left it 1.3mil - so I understand the growth boom and mismanagement of that process. I moved with my parents at the time (16) to NW MN near Grand Forks / Fargo, ND (thief River Falls area) because it was my fathers dream to have a farm - lived there for 2.5 years and moved the Minneapolis/ St. Paul to get away from the small town minded hicks due to my sexual orientation. I have lived here for 4 years and am ready to leave. Me and my partner for 3 years have decided to move the question is where?

First I have decided to start a couple of business in the emerging "Green living field" service based - how is the business climate for this in Wilmington compared to Asheville. I have done a lot of research and the crime rate in Wilmington is lower than the National average and incomes aren't the best however I am not worried about that as I will have my own businesses .

The big 2nd question - my idea of the South is to be closed - minded due to the conservative trend in the south (trying to put this in PC terms) but I had a glimmer of hope with an openly gay Senator(err something like that) from Wilmington. Wilmington has 2 gay clubs and a handful of friendly establishment. With that said I love the South and have traveled extensively in the South when I was younger.

I am also considering Asheville - which seems to be a trend in previous threads. But I love the beach and have never lived on a beach in my life - I have also noticed rental prices near the beaches seem to be cheap I which is a great thing for me. I don't have alot of money and Wilmington seems to be a good deal. I cannot afford other beach cities -

I live in one of those Top Rank Cities now and can't stand it - and the job market here is horrible (as it everywhere) and have lots of fine dining serving experience which pays the same everywhere. I have tasted Minnesota Nice and I'm fed up

HELP!!!
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Cary and Wilmington, NC
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Hi Sparky85. I think that you will really like Wilmington. Wilmington, IMO, is a very laid back place to live. I grew up in Cary (right outside Raleigh) and in my experiences, Wilmington is much more accepting of alternative lifestyles. In fact, as an NC native, I can say that Asheville and Wilmington are the 2 most "laid back" cities in NC. I think you would really like to downtown area of Wilmington too. I have lived in Wilmington for 13 years and from what I've seen, there seems to be a pretty decent gay community here. I would suggest that you and your partner come visit for an extended weekend to get a feel for things here. Good luck
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:47 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Question 1 Green products are the latest trend

Question 2 This is the New South
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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asheville is a much more liberal city. it has a totally different vibe. for you and your business, I would think you would do better there. visit both places. they are totally different. wilmington does seem to have gay people popping up all over the place, however there are still like 5000 churches in this town.
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Old 01-27-2008, 10:47 PM
 
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Thanks guys still a bit confused how open people are as to sexuality - Do you see rainbow flags on houses or gay couples walking down the street are there any gay events such as pride, etc???
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:01 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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It about as open as any small metro area is and you will see pride flags on homes and bed & breakfast homes around the historic district
This site will give you a better idea of demographics of the area. It is base on the census but Im sure the numbers are a little higher but not in a huge differnence.
www.gaydemographics.org USA data, North Carolina (http://www.gaydemographics.org/USA/states/northcarolina/2000Census_state_nc_general.htm#Zip - broken link)

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Old 01-28-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I am sure that they walk down the street! we don't keep them locked inside houses! not sure about the whole pride march thing. wilmington is not that big of an area so there usually aren't rallies or marches. I saw a lot of gay people in asheville when I visited there over christmas. not sure how many of them lived there though because of the time of year I went, lots of tourists.
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