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Old 08-14-2008, 05:55 AM
 
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any sources?
any thoughts?
TIA, Judy
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: 27609
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Statistically, I think that you will find New Hanover County (Wilmington) is far more expensive than Raleigh/Durham. However, those statistics typically take into account the cost of homes that are directly on the beach which tends to skew the information. It's also difficult to just say "the Raleigh area" - prices in the triangle can vary quite dramatically depending on the specific location.

Something very important to consider is that even though home prices may be somewhat comparable, you will have more choices in the Raleigh area. Also, there are FAR more jobs in Raleigh that pay quite a bit more. There is also the added expense of additional home insurance to live on the coast.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:28 AM
 
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First off I would pick the place that you have a job. Second look at what life style you want. Wilmington is more expensive has grown very congested very quickly and has infrustructure issues such as roads and sewers blowing out. Raleigh is not cheap but average less then wilmington. Roads and infrustructure is much better and a much better chance of employment, but has also been hit with high population issues which buts stress on every thing involved with quality of life. lots have moved to nc thinking its the land of good and plenty and are now going down in flames. Have a job first and then choose where to live where ever it may be. check this link out Home foreclosures skyrocket in North Carolina – up 127% from 2007 :: WRAL.com
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:38 AM
 
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As an ex-Raleigh resident, unless you plan to visit the beach often, I would choose Raleigh simply due to Wilmington's low pay scale combined with its high cost of living. In regards to the roads and infrastructure issues, Raleigh is the state capital so I guess they get 1st dibbs( right or wrong) as far as DOT projects go. Whichever route you choose, please have a job lined up 1st!
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