Fayetteville -Cape Fear Valley Health System (Laurinburg, Nashville: sales, homes, unemployment)
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GM All! My wife has a job opportunity near there, and, without wanting to start a bash-Fayetteville-thread, I would like someone who is local there to tell me about the area. I have read many posts on how it is a military town. (I am ex Army) Demographics may tell you that it is 50/50 black/white, that you make 30k a yr avg, and homes cost 100k, but that is not what I'm looking for. I have lived all over America, and even put some time in FRG when it was a cheap place to live (pre-euro).
What I would appreciate is real info. Traffic, Taxes, Costs above all. Here in TN we have no state tax, but sales tax is 10%. Plates for your car cost $50.
I have old cars with no ins or plates, just for parts or tooling around in. Indiana says you can't have old cars not plated, or they get tagged.
Real local info. Is the soil rocky? Clay? Can you grow a garden? Has the land all been cleared, or are there woods/trees. How about job info? I would have to get a job there. Manufacturing? Don't really want to work for AAFES.
Thanks in Advance
Traffic in Fayetteville around the mall is horrendous, especially at Christmas (I do NOT go to the mall from Thanksgiving until after Jan 1st). Around the hospital isn't too terribly bad. Sales tax is 8%. We have state income taxes too. County property tax rate is $.92 per $100. City of Fayetteville's is $1.22. Ad Valorem Tax Rates - Tax Administration - Cumberland County NC
Soil in Cumberland County ranges from loamy to clay to sandy...depending on where you're at. But yes, you can grow a garden--still lots of agriculture around here. In the city, they're trying to get rid of green areas as quickly as possible, but there's still a lot of "country" to Cumberland County, if you go out towards Eastover, Stedman, Cedar Creek, & Beaver Dam, and then out to Grays Creek.
Jobs are tough right now...like elsewhere in the state. What sort of job opportunity does your wife have?
She is a COT -Certified Ophthalmic Technician. The job is on Metro Medical Drive, 28304. She has to drive 120 miles right now to Nashville and is looking for a job close to home. I lost my job last October, so any job, anywhere, would work for me. There is nothing near here at Dale Hollow, so we have to move. Just looking at opportunities to move out of state.
I'll just mention that our garden is doing great this year. We went with raised square foot garden beds. We live in Gray's Creek area and our neighborhood was a farmers field. The water table is high in this part of the county and things grow like crazy. Different parts are much more sandy. YouTube - Nanette's garden
The best manufacturing jobs in town are at the Goodyear plant there is also a small air filter plant, they used to be Puraltor. There are also the poultry plants in the area. We do have high unemployment even with the base. The textile industry going overseas saw to that.
I also live in Fayetteville... Been in NC for about 3 years now. Spent some time in the Laurinburg area (South of Fayetteville)... If you're looking for a job - check out Campbell Soup. They are located in Maxton and it's a 40 minute drive from Fayetteville. I like Fayetteville; I don't think it's any worse than any other city. All cities have their pros and cons. I enjoy the selection of restaurants, shopping, the diversity of the people since the military population is high you get folks from everywhere. I think it adds a certain charm to the area. Lots of schools, and the area will continue to grow and expand with the BRAC realignment.
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