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Old 01-08-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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On the plus side real estate is cheap here and jobs are scarce and low paying even for a small town.
Interesting spin on "the plus side"!
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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YankeeinDixie - it's pretty cold right now on the entire eastern seaboard. Generally the weather in the winter is mild compared to NY and the summers are much hotter. I too have lived in several different areas and some of them were more affluent than Greenville. However, when I moved here, I knew what to expect because I had a friend who lived here. Point is, you've got to visit the location and spend time there before moving to help eliminate the "surprises".

And by the way, I find traffic here frustrating, but not nearly as frustrating as some of the other areas I have lived in. And as for the major thoroughfares being conjested...it's a factor of growth happening too fast for the money and planning to keep up.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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On the plus side real estate is cheap here and jobs are scarce and low paying even for a small town.
Today it very cold in Greenville and has been for a week and the summers are stifling. The town is poorly planned and the few major thoroughfares are always jammed up. Riding a bike to work is taking your life into your own hands.
Perhaps you should go back to Connecticut where life is perfect.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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Default Interesting

This is my point of view and I do appreciate everyone's comments. I do not want to make Greenville my home by any means. I want to relocate and teach in North Carolina. East Carolina offers a masters/ license program that is completed in one year. If I could find other universities that offer this fast tracked program I would gladly look into those as well. I am trying to get my masters/ license as quickly as possible. If I attended ECU I would be looking for teaching jobs towards the Raleigh area/or Asheville. If anyone knows of other colleges that do a fast tracked program please let me know.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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You may want to check NC State University - I believe they have a program but from what I hear ECU's is the most diverse.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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t College of Education | UNC Charlotte (http://education.uncc.edu/coe/grad_degree.htm - broken link) .
check out UNC Charlotte for their program

In response to others, I do not find CT " perfect" but Greenville is sorely lacking compared to other cities it's size. It is fine if you are a drunken 20 year old college student from a small town I guess and don't have a high enough GPA for UNC CH
For the writers situation he will likely be busy in school and it is cheap to live here. He can leave when he completes his education .
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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Yankee you are pretty accurate. I have heard that the program is pretty decent, I have the grades for UNC Ch but my fiance is interested in the nutrition program at ECU unfortunately. I figured I could tough it out for a year get the program out of the way and move the hell out of there.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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Greenville is a college town and being you are looking to go to college ECU would be perfect. All kinds of clubs and greek life, good bars and clubs downtown, parties if thats your thing, and of course ECU sports. We will be in the big east most likely in a few years and Itd be wise to want to be a part of a team playing for a national championship down the road. Not to mention baseball and basketball games are fun too.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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It is fine if you are a drunken 20 year old college student from a small town I guess and don't have a high enough GPA for UNC CH
Nice generalization. To the original poster...it isn't as bad around here as YankeeinDixie is suggesting. It may not be for everyone, but no place is. I have lived in the south my whole life but my parents are from the Boston area. They are considering retiring in eastern NC. If you are decent people then you will have no problem meeting people and making friends here.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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I grew up in NY (Westchester County), then moved out west. Moved to NC in 2005, to Greenville. Just recently left Greenville to be closer to Raleigh... I liked Greenville in general. After southern California, NC has been my second favorite climate (I've lived in NY; CA; NV; UT; OR; NC). Summers are kind of tough with the humidity, but I recall it being pretty hot and humid growing up in NY (though we didn't have A/C growing up, so that influenced my memories).

ECU (yes, make sure you don't say "Eastern Carolina" lol) football is a pretty big deal. In a city of 75,000 and 27,000 students, they regularly sell out their 43,000 (soon to be 50,000) seat stadium. I've never been that much into college football, but it's a fun atmosphere.

Crime is mostly concentrated in the rougher parts of town. We lived a couple of miles southeast of the city limits, and it was quiet and felt extremely safe.

They opened a off-leash dog park a couple of years ago. I don't know the exact location - I'm sure you can find it on this site or via Google.

As others have mentioned, there are a LOT of restaurants for the size of the city. Unfortunately, most are fast food. But there are several good restaurants too.

Housing is very reasonable. Rents are low. As far as buying, labor costs aren't too high and land is reasonable, which makes for reasonable cost to buy a home.

Overall, I enjoyed Greenville, but my wife missed being in or closer to a larger city. Raleigh is a little over an hour away, but that wasn't close enough for her to be happy. Greenville has a fairly small town feel and is fairly "southern," which may be good or bad, depending on your point of view.
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