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Old 10-09-2015, 09:16 PM
 
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I am new to this but thought it was a great way to get some insider info.. I am looking to relocate to the coastal NC area in the next 6 months. I am a MA native, and currently live about 45 minutes from Boston and love it. I am looking for a change though because I've lived here all my life and fear that if I don't venture outside of my comfort zone now, I never will.

I just turned 30 and would be moving alone, looking for a nice, affordable but hopefully spacious apartment. I enjoy being less than an hour from the city, but would LOVE to be just as close to a nice beach as well. I want to live somewhere with good restaurants and night life that is fun and exciting, but not too college-y.

I am a Recruiter so I hope to find somewhere with a strong, growing job market. I was excited to read a few articles that listed Raleigh among the top cities for jobs. I would be willing to commute up to an hour to get that city/suburb balance. Also looking for somewhere pretty diverse, as that's what I'm used to.

I realize this is long, so thanks for reading.. any thoughts are greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:11 PM
 
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Honestly, Charleston, SC sounds more like what you're looking for, as opposed to what coastal NC has to offer.
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Old 10-10-2015, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Well, Raleigh is 2 hours from the beach, so I guess you could live half way in between and have a 1 hour commute and be within an hour of the beach, but that will put you in a small, not very diverse, unexciting town.

Your best bet in NC is Wilmington.
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I am a Recruiter so I hope to find somewhere with a strong, growing job market. I was excited to read a few articles that listed Raleigh among the top cities for jobs.
Raleigh would be a much better bet for a fast growing job market than the coast. Wilmington is a nice smaller city (about 110,000) but it does not have the large market for technolocy jobs that the Triangle has. Wilmington has health care and hospitality jobs.

If you absolutely have to be closer to the coast, then look into the Virginia Beach area, the Charleston area, or maybe Jacksonville Florida.
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I am a Recruiter so I hope to find somewhere with a strong, growing job market. I was excited to read a few articles that listed Raleigh among the top cities for jobs.
I also saw the CNN article. If you found a job in Raleigh, you would be 2 to 2.5 hours from the beach even if you lived in one of the outer suburbs. I suggest doing some reading in the Raeigh/Durham/Chapel Hill sub-forum. There are plenty of threads on where young professionals live.

If you were to live half-way to the beach, that would put you somewhere like Goldsboro. As others will tell you, it is a small city surrounded by farmland, and not very interesting or diverse. I'd suggest sticking to the Raleigh suburbs.
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Old 10-12-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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Thank you to everyone for your insight! Other than a few trips to vacation in FL, I have never really left New England. I appreciate everyone letting me know that I may not find what I am looking for in coastal NC (if an hour from the city and the beach puts me in the farmlands, I am not sure I am up for that!), and should look at other parts of the state, or consider Charleston SC. I am certainly open and will continue to do my research.

Thanks again!
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:13 PM
 
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I would actually give a closer look at Wilmington. It is a smaller job market and not 'known' for IT but I think you could sustain work of the type that you do.

It's also better at retaining its cultural heritage than somewhere like the triangle.

Charleston does too but it's becoming a hot place to live which increases COL pressures.

Wilmington is great city with a large youth contingent
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thank you to everyone for your insight! Other than a few trips to vacation in FL, I have never really left New England. I appreciate everyone letting me know that I may not find what I am looking for in coastal NC (if an hour from the city and the beach puts me in the farmlands, I am not sure I am up for that!), and should look at other parts of the state, or consider Charleston SC. I am certainly open and will continue to do my research.
Yeah, somehow I'm not surprised you have never been to NC by your question: we really have no "cities" at all on the coast. There is Wilmington, but it's a small city and I don't think there's a really booming industry that would need recruiters (also a university town). As others say, look into Virginia (the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area) and SC (Charleston) or GA (Savannah) if you want a "city" that's also on the coast in the Southeast. Not sure why you chose NC.

I would strongly recommend a visit to some of the above places before seriously considering moving to any of them, to see whether it's what you think it is, especially if you've never been outside of New England.
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