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Old 07-29-2008, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Portland Maine
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Hey all,
I've been looking into moving and think I have decided On NC. I graduated with a degree in Marine science so obviously I want to be close to the coast. I've been looking at what people have been saying about Moorehead City, New Bern, Wilmington and Beaufort. I have a 1 year old, and my fiance will be going to school for nursing, so I need some place that is close to colleges/universities and has a good school system for my daughter. I feel so overwhelmed as I've never been to any of these place yet. I need to get out of Maine though, and I feel that the cost of living is better down south.
Any help in the right direction anyone could give me would be immensly appreciated!

I would like to be at least semi close to an aquarium hoping that I'd be able to get a job at one. Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll SHores or Roanoke Island

Thank you

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Old 07-30-2008, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Gotta get my plug in for the Crystal Coast! We have Duke University, UNC, NOAA and the head quarters for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries here. Carteret General Hospital is directly across from the fisheries building.
Carteret County is very school friendly!
And in terms of size-here's something for you to think about. The city of Wilmington has more people than all of Carteret County.
The Crystal Coast (Carteret County) is a great place to live. I came here almost 30 years ago for a weeks vacation and never left!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Portland Maine
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thank you! i will def look into it
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Some more answers for you

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Hey all,
I've been looking into moving and think I have decided On NC. I graduated with a degree in Marine science so obviously I want to be close to the coast. I've been looking at what people have been saying about Moorehead City, New Bern, Wilmington and Beaufort. I have a 1 year old, and my fiance will be going to school for nursing, so I need some place that is close to colleges/universities and has a good school system for my daughter. I feel so overwhelmed as I've never been to any of these place yet. I need to get out of Maine though, and I feel that the cost of living is better down south.
Any help in the right direction anyone could give me would be immensly appreciated!

I would like to be at least semi close to an aquarium hoping that I'd be able to get a job at one. Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll SHores or Roanoke Island

Thank you
I know Carteret County Community College has an associate degree program in Nursing.

Carteret County Schools are rated highly, though I recommend you look closely at individual schools.

I have a site which talks about why I like living in Carteret County.

This is a map to orient you to the area and some of the services though it is weighted towards the western side of the county near Emerald Isle where I live.

UNC Wilmington and ECU are both between an hour and a half and two hours away depending on where you live in Carteret County.

Wherever you pick, we are a beach county. Here are some beach pictures.

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Old 07-31-2008, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Default lower cost of living isn't necessarily your best option

The cost of living is lower in NC, but it's very difficult to find a decent paying job. I have a Master's degree in Accounting and when I first graduated college, I was making $10/hour. I graduated with students moving to Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, etc, and their starting salaries 8 years ago were more than my current salary. For many years I have worked more than one job at a time. And I still can't buy a house because house prices are so high compared to income. I am renting....the rental market is great because this is a college town (UNC Wilmington, Miller Motte, Cape Fear Community College). I'm beginning to think "living by the beach" just isn't worth it anymore.

I live in Wilmington by the way. I can't speak for other areas along the coast, although I suspect you might run into the same issues in other areas mentioned. Personally I would recommend visiting for a few weeks and during the visit try to get some job interviews.
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