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Old 12-06-2008, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Default Triad natives friendly or annoyed with northerners moving to NC?

Hi, I'm a Minnesotan and my wife is a Long Islander. I've been eying the Triad area for possible move in the next few years. Is the general population friendly to newcomers? I see/hear of A LOT of north-easterners moving there, but are the north-easterners changing the social structure? I love the south for its conservative nature and small government, and I'm afraid that once I move there it is going to become socialist like the state I live in now (Peoples Republic of Minnesota). I'm looking to leave MN for its high taxes (#4 in US overall) and before it turns into an Arctic version of Detroit. I would love to hear from some people that were born & raised in the Triad area and still live there. By the way, I've been to all 50 states but only visited Raleigh and Wilmington, NC. The people seemed really nice! However, I was taken back by the "soccer mom" in her mini-van driving on I-40 in the Triad area that passed me doing 90-95mph! Had NO idea that a Grand Caravan could even go that fast?!
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:53 PM
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NC has become the "transplant capital" of the world with so many northerners moving here for various reasons over the last 20 years. Its safe to say that "yankee" discrimination is non-existent these days. There are all types of cities here with lifestyles that would suit almost anyone from rural to metro. Depending when you were here you may get a bit of a shock as the Triad has exploded over the last 20 years.
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Back Home in the High Country
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NC has become the "transplant capital" of the world with so many northerners moving here for various reasons over the last 20 years. Its safe to say that "yankee" discrimination is non-existent these days. There are all types of cities here with lifestyles that would suit almost anyone from rural to metro. Depending when you were here you may get a bit of a shock as the Triad has exploded over the last 20 years.
I was going to say that, despite the fact that the Triad HASN'T seen the high rates of growth that Charlotte and the Triangle has seen, I believe the Triad, in general, is quite receptive to newcomers, wherever they're from. I can't speak for Greensboro or High Point, but Winston-Salem has a long history of corporate and professional relocations with Hanesbrands/Sara Lee, RJ Reynolds, Wachovia (the original one), and the medical centers.

I'm a native North Carolinian who lived in W-S for 21 of the past 34 years (and worked in economic development for 17 years). I also worked for United Way in W-S for several years and am impressed with the giving nature of all three cities of theTriad. People give not just from their pockets but also have a strong sense of volunuteerism. I believe that's a good indicator of the spirit of a community. Speaking of which, volunteering is a GREAT way to become a part of one's new community and putting down roots.

We moved to SC six months ago, only because of my husband's job transfer. I like our new location and making the best of it, but I love Winston-Salem and would move back in a heartbeat.
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Old 12-07-2008, 01:22 AM
 
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Hi, I'm a Minnesotan and my wife is a Long Islander. I've been eying the Triad area for possible move in the next few years. Is the general population friendly to newcomers? I see/hear of A LOT of north-easterners moving there, but are the north-easterners changing the social structure? I love the south for its conservative nature and small government, and I'm afraid that once I move there it is going to become socialist like the state I live in now (Peoples Republic of Minnesota). I'm looking to leave MN for its high taxes (#4 in US overall) and before it turns into an Arctic version of Detroit. I would love to hear from some people that were born & raised in the Triad area and still live there. By the way, I've been to all 50 states but only visited Raleigh and Wilmington, NC. The people seemed really nice! However, I was taken back by the "soccer mom" in her mini-van driving on I-40 in the Triad area that passed me doing 90-95mph! Had NO idea that a Grand Caravan could even go that fast?!
..while I can't speak for anyone else,it's NOT the way I drive ! But I don't do highways much,esp. not 40.Hopefully that doesn't occur all that often.
good luck,whatever you decide I'm sure you'll get some good advice here.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: right here
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I moved south (NC) 25 years ago from Iowa. Embrace the south, dont' try to change it and you won't feel anything but love. There is no better place on earth to live, in my opinion, than the southeast. We love NC SC and GA. can't wait to get back there from this temporary job site we are at.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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Wow! roadpony, from what you posted, folks in the Triad area sure have changed since we lived there! Either that, or things are VERY different in Winston Salem than the greater Greensboro area.

We moved to Guilford County back in 1992, and finally moved back north (to DE) about 1-1/2 years ago. In all that time, we were pretty much those "damn yankees" (oh no, not MORE of them!). Even our kids had trouble being accepted, as they were not born and bred there.

Perhaps things would have been different if we'd lived in Greensboro, not in the country. But IMHO, the "natives" may turn on the southern charm, but behind the scenes, most would really rather we outsiders NOT continue flocking to their state.

Mary
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Thanks everyone for the replies. maryCh, What town did you live in NC? Because I live in a rural town west of Minneapolis, and the people of this farming community were definitely NOT happy when 3 developments shot up in a couple years in their quaint community. If you are right about southern charm then I'm used to that..Minnesota nice is the same way so that wouldn't bug me too much! After all, where else can you go if you want people to be real besides NYC or Long island? We are excited to visit the Triad. My wife and I are not big city people, but it looks like there is enough fun between the cities of the Triad, mountains to the west and ocean to the east.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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I've heard several ppl say they never knew what they were missing till they moved here,and even moreso when they left for awhile...they were homesick to come back!
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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zanetti, we lived in southeast Guilford County for about 7 years, then moved just south of there to the Level Cross area (Randolph County). We spent another 8 years in the Level Cross/Randleman area.

I am originally from a small town in Ohio, and hubby is from Long Island. Frankly, we have been much happier here in DE; not too far north, yet not too far south. Seems to fit us much better than NC ever did.

Mary
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Downtown Greensboro, NC
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I guess it depends. If you are republican, you are probabally annoyed because most northerners that move down here are democrats. The migration helps turn NC blue in elections like what just happened a month ago.
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