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Old 11-06-2019, 05:56 PM
 
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So, my top 3 priorities are:

1. Quality, accessible healthcare (doctors taking new patients without 3-4 months wait times)

2. Mild winters (some snow ok, no blizzards, no minus 30 wind chills)

3. Moderate cost of living (lower is better, but moderate is ok)


Other priorities include:

4. Safety (comfortable enough city to walk around in the evening)

5. Large enough to have good public libraries, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, and Uber/Lyft


In general, what cities might fit the bill? Geography not important, could be anywhere in US.
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:41 PM
 
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The Raleigh/Durham, NC area would fit the bill.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:18 PM
 
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Atlanta
Raleigh
Charlotte
Greenville
Knoxville
Chattanooga
Louisville
Kansas city
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:01 PM
 
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Atlanta
Raleigh
Charlotte
Greenville
Knoxville
Chattanooga
Louisville
Kansas city
This is a good list. When I saw what the OP was wanting, Raleigh/Durham popped in my mind first. But these others are good choices as well. Might could even throw in the Nashville area too. But if I had to go with ONE with the best balance of what you're looking for, Raleigh/Durham would be my recommendation.

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Old 11-06-2019, 08:07 PM
 
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Raleigh Durham is the first to come to mind.
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:26 PM
 
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Good replies. Thanks. I have been researching Raleigh/Durham, and it checks some of the boxes, but my concern is the high crime rate. I've spent some time on the C-D triangle forum and a lot of posters have concerns with crime, and share specific examples that are somewhat concerning. Crime is everywhere, but I wouldn't want to move to a place where I didn't feel safe, or I wasn't able to walk around in the evening.

The triangle certainly scores high on healthcare and milder winters, though the COL isn't that low when taxes are taken into account. But it's still on my list.
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:34 PM
 
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Good replies. Thanks. I have been researching Raleigh/Durham, and it checks some of the boxes, but my concern is the high crime rate. I've spent some time on the C-D triangle forum and a lot of posters have concerns with crime, and share specific examples that are somewhat concerning. Crime is everywhere, but I wouldn't want to move to a place where I didn't feel safe, or I wasn't able to walk around in the evening.

The triangle certainly scores high on healthcare and milder winters, though the COL isn't that low when taxes are taken into account. But it's still on my list.
I'm a lifelong NC resident. The Triangle area has a very bad crime rate and so does Charlotte. Personally, I'd choose Asheville if I had to live in this state the rest of my life, followed by Boone, Gastonia, and maybe Huntersville.
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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Good replies. Thanks. I have been researching Raleigh/Durham, and it checks some of the boxes, but my concern is the high crime rate. I've spent some time on the C-D triangle forum and a lot of posters have concerns with crime, and share specific examples that are somewhat concerning. Crime is everywhere, but I wouldn't want to move to a place where I didn't feel safe, or I wasn't able to walk around in the evening.

The triangle certainly scores high on healthcare and milder winters, though the COL isn't that low when taxes are taken into account. But it's still on my list.
When it comes to crime in the Triangle, Durham is the primary culprit. Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, etc. all fare a lot better there.

Personally, when it comes to NC, I think the Triad might work better for you, particularly Winston-Salem.
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:06 PM
 
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Good replies. Thanks. I have been researching Raleigh/Durham, and it checks some of the boxes, but my concern is the high crime rate. I've spent some time on the C-D triangle forum and a lot of posters have concerns with crime, and share specific examples that are somewhat concerning. Crime is everywhere, but I wouldn't want to move to a place where I didn't feel safe, or I wasn't able to walk around in the evening.

The triangle certainly scores high on healthcare and milder winters, though the COL isn't that low when taxes are taken into account. But it's still on my list.
Just be careful to evaluate just what "high crime" is. What we hear on the news and sometimes rates of crime itself can be deceiving.

The fact is, most crimes A) are usually in specific areas of any city and B) the victims and perpetrators know one another the vast majority of the time. So in most any town, if one is aware of their surroundings, knows what areas to stay out of, and uses personal safety common sense, they will be fine. If you're looking at a metro area, you can find nice, safe areas within any metro area. One poster suggested Gastonia, NC (a Charlotte suburb). I actually live in Gastonia. It has a higher-than-average crime rate, but I've been here 50 of my 54 years of life. Out of all of that time, the only issue I've ever had was in 1988 someone broke into a home I was renting. That was it. I've always lived by the rules I mentioned above and have had pretty much no problems. Anyway, just another way to look at crime rates so you don't prematurely rule out a good area by judging from the rate of crime alone. Good luck in your search!
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:25 AM
 
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When it comes to crime in the Triangle, Durham is the primary culprit. Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, etc. all fare a lot better there.

Personally, when it comes to NC, I think the Triad might work better for you, particularly Winston-Salem.
I agree, it's a gem of a city if you consider the cost of living and amenities provided along with quality of life measures. The OP has a desire for Whole Foods and Trader Joe's both of which opened in Winston Salem many years ago, which says something regarding desirability given the selectivity of those companies regarding where they open stores.
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