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Old 10-05-2007, 12:37 AM
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I have visited both cities many times...both are exploding with growth and both are progressive and exciting in certain ways. I think that any city with major universities has a better nightlife and more exciting events, and Raleigh has 3 major universities. They give Raleigh the edge in my book.
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:10 PM
Location: Charlotte
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Originally Posted by architect77 View Post
but aside from annexing significantly more of its county...the size of the two areas isn't all that different.
Per City-Data:City population, not the metro area. Raleigh - 356,321 (114.6 square miles) Charlotte- 630,478 (242.3 square miles).
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Old 10-05-2007, 04:08 PM
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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My wife and I looked closely at both cities before relocating from MA. We chose Charlotte for a few reasons. One, Raleigh seemed to cater to the student population. We were just not crazy about living in a city with so many major universities. Another factor was the type of available jobs. Both of us arent "brainy" people, which alot of the well paying jobs in the area were for these types. Charlotte is a energetic, progressive, and diverse city. All kinds of jobs are available, and the area isnt overrun by students. I am a sports fan, so it is nice to have the Bobcats, Panthers, NASCAR, PGA, and minor league baseball just minutes away. We live just outside Charlotte, and we havent regretted the move at all.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by bdogg View Post
This thread interests me because I moved to Charlotte over Raleigh recently upon relocating (again) to NC. A bit about my slant…and I dont eman to stir the pot, but beyond my rambling take on the two cities, I want to tell you what "deep south" means to me as someone who has lived a lot of different types of places and travelled the world.
Charlotte feels more like a real city and has more outlets even though much of its “city feel” is smoke and mirrors, while Raleigh is more manageable, and people are more apt to have a functioning brain (and want to use it)…
I think Bdogg is getting more criticism for his post than is warranted, overall it reads as a fair and honest opinion, and thoughtful as well. I don't agree with it all, and do find the perspective to be somewhere in the middle of subjective and objective, but that is exactly what the OP was seeking. Charlotte is my original home and I will defend it to anyone, but still I see no need to take offense at what he said as some people apparently have.

That said, I will stop to pick on Bdogg’s liberally referenced snooty money focused soccer mom mentality - hopefully he recognizes that view is mostly based on the crowd he runs with – those that make a decent amount of money. And something the Raleigh (ahem Cary) area is awash in as well.
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