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Old 03-24-2008, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Cary and Wilmington, NC
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oyster, is raleigh really more of a family place? all I seem to see in wilmington is young families. maybe I am just going to the wrong places.

I definitely think the Raleigh area is more of a family place. I certainly not saying that there aren't young families here in Wilmington but in my IMO there a many more in the Raleigh and surrounding areas (Cary, Apex, Wake Forest). Many young families lives there for the jobs, the schools, etc. When I lived there in my early 20's, I was miserable because there was nothing for someone my age to do. When I lived there in my late 20's, it was definitely better but it was still hard b/c my friends would live at least 30 minutes from each other b/c it's so spread out there.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:08 PM
 
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Ampetry,
The grass is aways greener as they say...
I truly like living in Wilmington. I've lived here for 8 years and am 31. While its true that this is a place for college students and retirees, it is a great place to live and work. It may have a slightly higher cost of living, but nationwide it isn't that out of wack. Its all about quality of life in my opinion. The business you and your fiancee are in can work anywhere you want them to. Don't listen to all these haters! I can point you in the right direction, hit up my website.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Default Two good choices -only 2 hours apart...

I grew up in Wilmington, and didn't leave until 2000. Now I live in the Raleigh area.

Wilmington hands down is more fun than Raleigh when it comes to finding entertainment. I always spent a lot of time in downtown Wilmington and was disappointed that downtown Raleigh is no where near as fun. However, with the number of universities and colleges in our area, there must be fun to be had somewhere!

On the other hand, the Wilmington area job market has always been tough. I don't think that has changed.

Raleigh area has far more job opportunities. The median income is relative high in the Raleigh/Durham area, which means folks have more disposable income to spend on discretionary items.

I love the Raleigh area and will never move back to Wilmington. However, my husband and I love Wilmington and own a second home in the historic district, so we maintain our ties.

Guess what I'm trying to say is that as young as you are, come on to Wilmington. If you find its not for you, Raleigh is only 2 hours away!
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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You are going to find plenty of young families, and retirees, and professionals, and crummy jobs, and expensive gas, and a high cost-of-living in both Raleigh and Wilmington.

It depends upon what YOU are looking for, and what you are willing to settle for in the trade-off.

Young people can still afford to be close to the beach. You will pay $$$ for a condo, or something similar to what your standard-of-living at your parents' is, to be on the beach, or within a few miles of it. Rent at Carolina Beach is more reasonable, but you will not be in a new, or particularly nice, place.

Wilmington is largely service-oriented. You will have your pick of jobs if you want to work in a restaurant, at a hotel, on the boat docks, and the like, but the pay will be minimum wage, or just slightly better. There are plenty of shopping areas if you want to operate a cash register, or hope to start in management with a retail shop. Again, pay is not the best because the demand for jobs in coastal areas is not as great as the sheer numbers of young people who want to live there.

If you are toying with living close to, or on a beach, go for it. Especially while you are young, and if you can afford the time, career-wise. If you are looking to get on the fast-track to a stellar professional career, earning BIG bucks, you may want to re-think moving to Wilmington. Then, a better move might be Raleigh, or even Charlotte.

You will be able to find most any job you are interested in, in Wilmington, but you will be competing with a whole lot of other folks who also want to live near the coast.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: wilmington
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oyster, is raleigh really more of a family place? all I seem to see in wilmington is young families. maybe I am just going to the wrong places.
I think theyre BOTH family places being a single professional. I think Raleigh more than here. The soccer moms run rampant there! No offense. I think Raleigh has more of a young professional scene where wilmington has more of a college scene. Very similiar, but there is a difference. The retirement factor here cant be overlooked either! There was an ealier post that said it all bc when I lived in Raleigh, Wilmington=Beach. Just dont fall for tha optical illusion and if you do, try to make the most of it!
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