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View Poll Results: Jacksonville, FL Vs Charlotte, NC
Jacksonville, FL 38 65.52%
Charlotte, NC 20 34.48%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-15-2016, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Asheville has been a popular place for Floridians to move to in the last decade. Family across the street is looking to buy land there. North Carolina is pretty, no doubt. We just got tired of the stuffiness of Charlotte and took a job opportunity here. Our in-laws are looking to move out of Charlotte to here in about a year. No need to pay those taxes on fixed income.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:13 AM
 
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Asheville has been a popular place for Floridians to move to in the last decade. Family across the street is looking to buy land there. North Carolina is pretty, no doubt. We just got tired of the stuffiness of Charlotte and took a job opportunity here. Our in-laws are looking to move out of Charlotte to here in about a year. No need to pay those taxes on fixed income.
My Condolences to you.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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The more I follow this thread the more intriguing it becomes. Disclaimer; I lived in Charlotte and loved the place before taking a job opportunity out west. However, I have been to Jacksonville on a number of occasions and liked its proximity to the coast. Admittedly, I am not as familiar with Jacksonville, but friends who live there tell me how much they like it (depending on where in the city they are located). I think Charlotte definitely has more of a corporate feel to it because of the banking industry. Charlotte also has an advantage, in my opinion, because it has seasons. Winters aren't too bad, but the ice storms are!!!! Jacksonville, from what I remember, has pretty nice winters. Summers for both places are hot, but I give Jacksonville the edge because of the beaches. Charlotte seems to have the stronger economy with an unemployment rate of 4.5% (April 2015) compared to Jacksonville's 5.4%. (April 2015).
For what it's worth (and it may not be worth much!) Forbes rates Chatlotte as the #14th best place for businesses and Jacksonville #31.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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My Condolences to you.
Thank you. But, it beats having to drive up there when their health eventually fails.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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The more I follow this thread the more intriguing it becomes. Disclaimer; I lived in Charlotte and loved the place before taking a job opportunity out west. However, I have been to Jacksonville on a number of occasions and liked its proximity to the coast. Admittedly, I am not as familiar with Jacksonville, but friends who live there tell me how much they like it (depending on where in the city they are located). I think Charlotte definitely has more of a corporate feel to it because of the banking industry. Charlotte also has an advantage, in my opinion, because it has seasons. Winters aren't too bad, but the ice storms are!!!! Jacksonville, from what I remember, has pretty nice winters. Summers for both places are hot, but I give Jacksonville the edge because of the beaches. Charlotte seems to have the stronger economy with an unemployment rate of 4.5% (April 2015) compared to Jacksonville's 5.4%. (April 2015).
For what it's worth (and it may not be worth much!) Forbes rates Chatlotte as the #14th best place for businesses and Jacksonville #31.
I don't think anyone can argue that Charlotte has a much better business climate than JAX. If I got laid off tomorrow, it would be tougher for me to find my same salary here than it would be in Charlotte.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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State of Emergency in NC. Riots in Charlotte. I feel bad for that city and its citizens. Terrible situation, all around.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:13 AM
 
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I don't think anyone can argue that Charlotte has a much better business climate than JAX. If I got laid off tomorrow, it would be tougher for me to find my same salary here than it would be in Charlotte.
If you don't mind me asking, were you born in Jacksonville? If not, what drew you to the city?
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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If you don't mind me asking, were you born in Jacksonville? If not, what drew you to the city?
I was not. My company moved me from Charlotte to here in 2009. I took a different job within the same company.
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:52 AM
 
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I was not. My company moved me from Charlotte to here in 2009. I took a different job within the same company.
So, how would you compare life in Jacksonville compared to Charlotte? Better? Worse? Pros & Cons?
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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In regards to the following criteria in that order

a. Enjoyable/ Warmer tolerable weather year round, without harsh winters
Jacksonville
b. Quality/Cost of living/cost of home or rentals
Jacksonville rents are low but buying a home in Charlotte seems better due to the nicer plans. Personally we felt new homes in Jacksonville had very tiny bedrooms but I do miss the ranch-style homes which is lacking in Charlotte.
c. Sr level career opportunities (IT/Corporate/R&D)
Charlotte since in Jax you only have a 4-5 big employers, so during a layoff it can be a challenge to find something suitable in Jacksonville compared to Charlotte.
d. Affordable quality education for kids through public schools
Charlotte
e. Tolerable traffic during peak hours/availability of public transportation (reasonable/livable commute time between 10 [preferable] to 40 mins)
Jacksonville
f. Scenic beauty/easy access to recreation
Charlotte
g. Peaceful / reasonably less crime rate
Can go either way. You have good and bad areas everywhere and stuff can happen anytime anywhere.
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