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Old 03-27-2008, 09:09 PM
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Rumor is that Sanderson Farms may be expanding to Kinston. If you were a Sanderson employee coming from out of state, where would you suggest to live? I have read things about Kinston and they are not too appealing. Is New Berg going to be the closest and best place to live for a young family, mid 30s with small children? House price about $150K, give or take.

Not sure if Sanderson will come but if they do, we may be coming too.

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Old 03-28-2008, 08:03 AM
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New Bern has some nice areas, but Greenville has a lot more going on, especially for a young family. It is well worth your time to investigage both. Greenville to Kinston is about the same distance as New Bern to Kinston (25-30 mins). There are many more younger families in Greenville and, quite frankly, the schools are better. Good luck in your search if the Sanderson to Kinston move materializes!
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Old 03-29-2008, 09:29 AM
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Will do! Thank you for the info!
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:59 AM
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Default re: Sanderson farms and relocating to Kinston, NC

I can tell you a little about Kinston. My family is native to the area. Kinston doesn't have very much at all. A Wal Mart, and a mall. But the mall it pitiful. One of the real bright spots is a restaurant called the Chef and the Farmer, which is a gourmet restaurant utilizing many locally raised organic foods. The public schools are ok, but there is a nice private Baptist school called Bethel Christian Academy there. Also, Parrot Academy is there and it is a college prep school with several students coming from 30 miles away to attend. They have a good homeschool group in the county with over 100 kids involved. The group has field trips, cooperative classes, etc. Goldsboro is about 20 minutes away and has a great Catholic school, St. Mary's. Goldsboro is the home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Greenville is about 30 minutes away and has East Carolina University and many shops. It is more populous than Kinston. Kinston has Lenoir Community College. New Bern is 30 minutes away. There is lots of historical stuff there and the Neuse and Trent Rivers meet there. It is a nice retirement community and a nice place to put your boat in. Kinston is about 1 hour from the ocean and about 70 miles from Raleigh the state capital. I wouldn't say that Kinston is a great place to shop, but it is a decent place to live and kind of the 1/2 way point between all that you will want to do. They have a Nature Museum, a Planetarium and a nice park with ponds to fish, and a train that the kids can ride. They also have a kayak/canoe/bike shop in town with some good fishing on the Neuse River which runs through it. Also, there is a Civil War Battleship museum. It is a quiet place to live.

Hope that this helps.

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Old 04-04-2008, 09:28 AM
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Thank you! That is very helpful.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:52 PM
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You probably would enjoy Greenville the most out of the three in terms of things to do, etc for a family. New Bern has some nice, charming areas but I am the least familiar with it of the 3. If you choose to live outside of town, both would be easy drives to Kinston as New Bern is a straight shot (literally) with a 70 MPH speed limit on US-70 with practically no stop lights and Greenville's NC-11 recently increased their speed limit to 60 MPH with a few stop lights here and there. Probably would be 25-30 minutes city limit to city limit for both depending on your driving tendencies.

Kinston hasn't really grown much and basically sits at a population of 25,000 or so. They do have a professional baseball team (Class-A Kinston Indians) and Kinston High School just won the state basketball championship for their classification if you're into sports at all. As for academics, I'm not sure how to compare the public school systems of the three, but I know many people who grew up in all three towns who came out alright! Kinston does have some small town charm, and as positives traffic is pretty much non-existent as is the housing market. $150,000 should go far in Kinston although I wouldn't expect much of a return on that in terms of appreciation.

Good luck if you end up moving this way!
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:51 PM
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If you decide to move to Kinston prepare to pay the most outrageous electric bills you have probably never seen!! Your better off moving to the outer areas and make sure its an area not annexed in by Kinston. Hope this helps
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:22 PM
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Kinston used to be bigger than Greenville back when my mom was a teenager. Not so much now.

You could look at Ayden. It is between Kinston and Greenville - 10 minutes from Greenville. Hometown feel and lots of new development in the area. I am from there!
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:38 PM
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Thank you for the info!
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:29 PM
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Take a look at Winterville as well. It is in between Ayden and Greenville. It would be a straight shot to Kinston as well. Winterville is really an up and coming town with lots of new housing developments. We bought our house here in Winterville 2.5 years ago for $150k and could now sell it for $180k. $30k in 2.5 years isn't bad at all! Now, is the time to get in here while you can still get a lot for your money. It is only a 5 minute drive into Greenville and the new Super Target is rumored to be building across from Pitt Community College which is technically in Winterville. We have a very sad mall here as well, but we do have Target, 2 Lowes, Home Depot, Kohl's, Fresh Market (opening Fall 2008), 2 nice movie theaters, and just about any restaurant you can think of.
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