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Old 07-04-2012, 09:57 AM
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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It looks like Chatham County might be your best bet for employment in the Sandhills. The counties included in this region are Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Hoke, Robeson, Chatham,and Montgomery. I'd look around Pittsboro and Siler City.

Unemployment Rate (May 2012)

Cumberland County - 9.9%
Harnett County - 10.6%
Lee County - 11.6%
Moore County - 8.6%
Richmond County - 12.3%
Scotland County - 16.9%
Hoke County - 9.2%
Robeson County - 12.9%
Chatham County - 7.1%
Montgomery County - 11.5%
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:06 PM
Location: Chapelboro
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I think it would be a huge culture shock for you to be anywhere in NC except the Triangle or Charlotte areas. Pinehurst is very nice for golfers, but there's not a lot of other industry and it's a really small population with the whole of Moore County (including Pinehurst and Southern Pines) having a population of 88,569.

Check out Apex, Cary or Holly Springs if you don't mind being a little bit farther from your friend in Rockingham. Otherwise you might consider some of the outlying areas around Charlotte like Matthews which would be about an hour from Rockingham. There are plenty of affluent areas around the Triangle and Charlotte.

(BTW, I have to quibble with Wikipedia on the counties in the Sandhills. Pittsboro is definitely not in the Sandhills — it's in the Piedmont — and I can't think of an area of Chatham that is in the Sandhills, although perhaps in the very southern part of the county? I grew up in the Sandhills, btw, and live in Chapel Hill now. I could see Lee County and Sanford being in the Sandhills, but I'm pretty familiar with Chatham at least as far SW as Bonlee and I wouldn't characterize it as Sandhills. Here's a map that agrees with me! http://www.unc.edu/courses/2008ss2/g...Regions_NC.gif)
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:30 PM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Originally Posted by Juliet Bravo View Post
I've never lived in Florida, so I can't really compare the weather, but I can say that our summers are hell; summer temps can reach 100 in July and August, and with our high humidity, the heat index ("feels like" temp) can hit 110 to 115.
I live in both NC and FL. If NC Summers are Hell, then FL Summers must define its more humid basement. NC Summers are much more tolerable and much, much shorter. In much of Florida, the "Summer" doesn't end until late October. In South Florida, the "Summer" doesn't end sometimes until mid November.

A huge difference between NC and FL is that there are little or no "breaks" in FL Summers. There are few/no relief days when the daytime high is mild and evenings are pleasant. It's always hot and humid, day and night for months, especially in South Florida.
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