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Old 01-09-2017, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Piscataway, NJ
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Hi all! I'm looking in transferring to NC in 6 months. There are multiple open lateral positions within my company all over NC that I'm interested in looking in to. I like my community here and I'm going to miss my neighbor (yup, singular) and my family, but it's time to think about my family's future and it's not here in NJ. I'm not going to miss the freezing temp though. As far as rudeness, I live in NJ close to 30 years so I don't really have a comparison between Northeast vs. Southern impudence categories. I've only lived in the south (SC, GA, NC, TX) for weeks at a time during my Army days back in the early 90s.

I understand that NC has been saturated with people from NJ/NY area for decades that is why I feel more comfortable living there as opposed to SC. We're coming from a state that is culturally/ethnically more diverse; I'm Asian and my wife is white (I know it's mostly the way around) so we're looking for a place that is more diverse. Another concern is the fauna. How's the gator situation in this area?

I'm contemplating between Raleigh/Durham and the coast but being from NJ, I prefer settling closer to the coast. My wife and I have a first grader and would like to live in a town close to Wilmington or Shallotte that have a good school system. I always like to live in a home that is a little bit country, where my dogs can run around, but not too far from the city. Being in the military, I love the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping, etc. My wife, not so much of an outdoorsy type. So we have to compromise.

I would appreciate your candor and am very grateful for all and any type of advice.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Cape Fear, North Carolina
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Where to live? It really depends on a few factors: 1) cost, 2) schools, 3) livability. The first two are obvious: you want you can afford and school quality is a factor for your family. Livability is really the question. Going from Piscataway to coastal NC is a significant change. How many of the amenities of central NJ are important to you? How far are you willing to drive to a particular store? You are going to find there is far more open space in coastal NC, less population and resultant fewer commercial activities and shopping opportunities. That's not bad. In fact, one of the big reasons some of us left NJ to live here. I'll be quite happy never to see I287 during rush hour again! Wilmington or Hampstead may offer what you are looking for, but I can not speak to the educational systems.

I was looking for a non-development home near the coast with a small bit of land (maybe a 1/2 acre). After months of looking it just wasn't working for us. It does for others but the lack of zoning and/or code enforcement is a concern for me. We ended up with a home in an HOA development not far from Southport and a very small postage stamp lot. it's working fine so far although it sure wasn't what we were seeking.

Do not be concerned at all about diversity or impudence. You will have zero issues around mixed race. Impudence is what I now think of as hearing a horn honk and know it's somebody from NJ or NY! It's a whole different and nicer world here.

Finally, wildlife. Depends where you are but there are gators and poisonous snakes in NC. It isn't like hoards of the walking dead chasing you around, but they're there. There are numerous threads on the forum about that for you to search. Personally, I have yet to see either but know they are around. We have seen mosquitoes, though. Jersey skeeters are nothing compared to the hungry beasties down here!

Good luck with your search for the ideal new home and relocation to NC.
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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If you are younger and have a child I would recommend Raleigh area. Schools much better and more things to do than coastal. Very quiet down here in the winter. Just a former New Jersyans opinion.....
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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I agree with biscman, we looked at the Chapel Hill area (with a 1st grader) prior to moving to central NJ. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel...o_City_Schools

Now with retirement looming we are moving to the coast of NC.
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Old 01-14-2017, 05:58 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I am from NJ too, by Philadelphia, and thinking about moving to the Wilmington area. When does the mosquito season really get bad? and when does it taper off?
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Old 01-14-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Piscataway, NJ
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I'm still debating between the coast or Raleigh area (due to a better salary compensation). Thank you of all the replies!
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Old 01-14-2017, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Cape Fear, North Carolina
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Good luck. In general you will find higher salaries, more jobs and better schools around Raleigh. You will also find a higher cost of living to offset the higher income. With a young daughter I believe I'd be concentrating more on Wake County than the coastal area.
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Piscataway, NJ
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Good luck. In general you will find higher salaries, more jobs and better schools around Raleigh. You will also find a higher cost of living to offset the higher income. With a young daughter I believe I'd be concentrating more on Wake County than the coastal area.
Thank you. I'm not to familiar with Wake County (or NC). Are there sections of this county that is "country" (since I prefer to live somewhat with greeneries and cow manure aroma)?
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Cape Fear, North Carolina
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Thank you. I'm not to familiar with Wake County (or NC). Are there sections of this county that is "country" (since I prefer to live somewhat with greeneries and cow manure aroma)?
Raleigh is in Wake County. There are plenty of areas, mostly east of Raleigh city limits, that will fill the bill for you. Before we moved to the southeast coast we considered the area, found some really nice areas and it was a contender. Our desire was for a more 'relaxed' environment than offered in the Raleigh area. That whole area continues to grow like mad so consider what the further out places might look like in 5, 10 or 20 years.
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Good luck. In general you will find higher salaries, more jobs and better schools around Raleigh. You will also find a higher cost of living to offset the higher income. With a young daughter I believe I'd be concentrating more on Wake County than the coastal area.
I'm in agreement with this, but also add Johnson County, especially if you like being put in the boonies. I also very much like Durham County, but schools are a serious concern. Chapel Hill and the surrounding area should be on your radar, but will generally be more pricey.

One more thing to be aware of: Some schools in Wake County (and maybe others) are capped. That means they are at full capacity. You could be living next door to the school, but your kid is going to the one ten miles away. Be careful with this.

There is a large Asian population in the Triangle and several good Asian grocers (including a brand spanking new H-mart.

Medical care on the coast is sparse.
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