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Old 01-28-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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I am married and we have 3 children ages 10, 9, and 5. I am looking for a very family oriented area. I have lived in Charlotte before and loved it but am considering Winston-Salem since it is a little closer to family, still a couple hours away but an hour closer. Since most everyone talks about moving to Charlotte I am wondering what the difference is between the two?
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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The difference is Charlotte is a bigger city of 700,000 compared to Winston-Salem's 230,000. It all depends on what you are looking for. The Triad (Greesnboro, High Point and Winston-Salem) area combined are about the size of Charlotte. Charlotte has more shopping, dining, entertainment, than the Triad and real estate is a bit more pricy. Winston-Salem is a nice mid-size city that caters to families. If you were single, I would say No to Winston-Salem.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:55 AM
 
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Charlotte vs. Winston. That's a tough call. Like a previous poster, If I were single with no kids I would choose Charlotte without hesitation. The smaller atmosphere of Winston maybe better for you, though. The issue is how important is it to be a little closer to family? Would you like to see them often? Is their support necessary or do you just want to socialize with them more? It seems like, in either city, your family is not geographically close. I would choose Charlotte over Wintson if I were you because of greater amount of shopping and culture. But you can't go wrong with either choice. Good luck!
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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I would choose Charlotte over Wintson if I were you because of greater amount of shopping and culture.

More shopping, yes. More culture? No way.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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I would not think that Charlotte was much on the culture scale either. Winston-Salem has way more culture than Charlotte anyday.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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I would not think that Charlotte was much on the culture scale either. Winston-Salem has way more culture than Charlotte anyday.
What "culture" are you talking about?

If you are referring to society culture (inherited ideas, beliefs, attitudes, values, feelings, behaviour and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action) then it is my opinion that Winston-Salem's culture is extremely narrow compared with Charlotte. A wider and more diverse sociology culture in Charlotte is the result of much higher population growth with people moving into the area from other parts of the country.

If you are referring to fine arts and art terms (artistic, social pursuits, expression, valued tastes, the arts, manners, dress, etc.) then it is my opinion that Winston-Salem doesn't compare at all to that of Charlotte. Charlotte is headquarters to a healthy number of corporations and much of the growth of the city has been due to the financial sector and financial industry support services the city has been able to build over the years. Unlike Winston-Salem, the thousands of employees and their families employed by these major Charlotte companies naturally have a higher culture standard and are more involved in defining the city's overall culture to a much higher level than that of Winston-Salem.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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Winston Salem is a great place to raise a family. Compared to Charlotte, i like the smaller size, more genteel pace, and easier commute (almost no traffic in W-S).
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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Unlike Winston-Salem, the thousands of employees and their families employed by these major Charlotte companies naturally have a higher culture standard and are more involved in defining the city's overall culture to a much higher level than that of Winston-Salem.
"naturally", eh? Yep, all those trucking companies, waste management firms, and grocery store chains employ a lot of "cultured" people, for sure.
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:47 PM
 
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"naturally", eh? Yep, all those trucking companies, waste management firms, and grocery store chains employ a lot of "cultured" people, for sure.
Yes, naturally!

Here's Charlotte's business profile (I'll let you provide Winston-Salem's business profile for comparison!)

Here's the full list of Charlotte's 957 Million Dollar Plus Corporations (I'll let you provide Winston-Salem's list for comparison!)
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:08 PM
 
Location: High Cotton
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I'll help you with the website for: Winston-Salem's Chamber of Commerce

I'll help you with the website for: Winston-Salem Business (http://www.wsbusinessinc.com/whoshere/employers.html - broken link)

By the way, you'll notice that Winston-Salem Business was last updated way back June, 2007. Ummm, maybe someone might want to tell Bob Leak that's 2 1/2 years ago! Oh, also remind him that Dell decided to leave W-S.

Minus the two hospitals, the public school system and the W-S city government - the handful of major employers that Winston-Salem has remaining are very limited with most jobs being for uneducated, labor-type employees.

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