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Old 08-16-2009, 07:19 PM
Location: Chicago
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Hi everyone, I'm a 24 year old looking to move to NC beginning of next year to be closer to my boyfriend of two years, who is a Marine at Lejeune, currently in Afghanistan. I'm torn between Jacksonville and Wilmington.

Jacksonville- Seems to have more jobs but the surrounding areas seem a little shady? Where should I live/stay away from? Good chance to meet people?

Wilmingston- Less jobs, more things to do. Where should I live/stay away from? Younger town?

I'm currently in Chicago working in finance, but I'm not all too fond of my job so this move is a great chance to start over. I want to be close to my boyfriend (in Topsail) but obviously, I need a job first and to be in a place I like. I'm used to having lots to do and meeting people in the city is super easy. Any suggestions would be MUCH appreciated!

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Old 08-17-2009, 02:12 PM
Location: wilmington
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I live in Wilmington and the job situation right now is pretty awful. However I would suggest a trip or check for crime statistics for apartments if you have to do an apartment. When we were trying to pick an apartment complex in another town for my daughter I googled crime statistics for that area and read reviews for apartments. I'm a realtor so I usually tell folks to ride through a neighborhood at different times and definitely on the week-ends. You can usually look at how the folks take care of their homes.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:29 AM
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Try a search going in the other direction, toward carteret and Craven county, even pitt (greenville). also , what field are you looking to work in?
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:10 PM
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Wilmington is a hike, and traffic terrible. Jacksonville does not have a lot of character as a town - it is primarily built around the base. I would actually think job prospects would be best in Wilmington, but ENC in general is pretty abysmal for professional jobs right now. New Bern is a pleasant place to live (yes I'm biased ), but also quite a hike from Topsail. What about Morehead City? The job market isn't hot there either though. Regardless of the area, you might have to accept a position that you normally wouldn't take just to keep the $$ rolling in.
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