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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Durham, North Carolina
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Default What's Bertie County like?

I'm more interested in moving into areas were people are moving OUT of

Don't get me wrong... I'm not anti-social... just tired and retired. ((chuckle))
I have my retirement so I am not looking for a job. (Thank the LORD!)

I just want to avoid the two polarities of:
  • Fascist, hateful, unhappy bigots on one end... and,
  • Fascist, hatin', unhappy thugs on the other!

I'm African American so moving into a place with a large black population is a plus for me. But with jobs deteriorating and Hip-Hop seducing "youngstas" into jails and not responsibility...
Hell can be found almost anywhere.

I just want peaceful living. Grow my greens... raise a few chickens...
Is that possible in Bertie County?
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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I'm a big fan of the Windsor area....many folks have described it and the folks that live there as "salt of the earth"....and I don't care if you are black or white or whatever.

Its absolutely available in Bertie County...I'd recommend looking on the roads going out of Windsor...just keep in mind that many of the farms in that area have been in families for generations and many of the blacks in that area originally worked for the landowners. Its going back in time a little....but its not a bad place to retire if like quiet and polite...and are looking to live off the land.

I'll add based on your previous post that it has just a small branch of Martin County Community College...which just gives you some basic classes...but there is a COA branch in Edenton and MCCC is in Williamston.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Durham, North Carolina
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Default Thank you for that information

Thanks so much for your candid reply.

I truly believe this is at the heart of why North Carolina is growing.
Everyone wants to live in a place where people can just kinda get along better than all the hateful trauma-drama going on in most places in America today.
Black, white, blue or green ... people are tired.

The information about the colleges will save me a lot of time. I was surfing the net looking at chicken coops and this page popped up with some really unique "Sustainable" designs one it. They came out of a school in Bertie County. It led to my question.

And thanks for the "back in time" comment too.
If it's stuck too far in the "Way Back Machine," that won't work for me either.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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Here's one of the more popular businesses in Bertie County...homegrown, finished and marketed all in Bertie Co....

Peanuts: Roasted, Raw, Salted, Spicy, Fried & Natural | Bertie County Peanuts

A lot of the farmers grow cucumbers for Mt Olive (near Goldsboro) and soybeans have been common as well...there is a new crop in sage as well as a component of Stevia...the Avoca Farm is working on that crop.

Home - Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Bertie County is one of the poorest counties in the state. The poverty rate is around 24%. The statewide rate is 16%.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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I did my internship in Bertie, Martin and Beaufort Counties (I live in the Triangle). You couldn't PAY me to live down there, but if you are looking for a slow pace, that's where it's at! You could DEFINITELY raise chickens and grow greens there.

As for "going back in time", I think that's kind of what you're going to find in a small NC town. Most people who are trying to kind of move at a faster pace, or who want substantial careers have left.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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Bertie County is one of the poorest counties in the state. The poverty rate is around 24%. The statewide rate is 16%.
Thanks for those stats....do you know what Bertie County is like (as the OP asked)? Poorer than Charlotte doesn't really say anything does it?

Maybe while you are throwing stats out there, you could talk about the affordable housing, or low cost of living that go along with Bertie County.

Whats the price of a small farm in Wake County and a small farm in Bertie County?

Just throwing out poverty rates on every place doesn't really say anything, now does it?
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Unread 03-28-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks for those stats....do you know what Bertie County is like (as the OP asked)? Poorer than Charlotte doesn't really say anything does it?

Maybe while you are throwing stats out there, you could talk about the affordable housing, or low cost of living that go along with Bertie County.

Whats the price of a small farm in Wake County and a small farm in Bertie County?

Just throwing out poverty rates on every place doesn't really say anything, now does it?
When asking for hard facts, it's generally better to do your own research on fact pages rather than ask anecdotal advise. City-Data has a whole page on Bertie county, for example.
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Unread 03-29-2013, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Thanks for those stats....do you know what Bertie County is like (as the OP asked)? Poorer than Charlotte doesn't really say anything does it?

Maybe while you are throwing stats out there, you could talk about the affordable housing, or low cost of living that go along with Bertie County.

Whats the price of a small farm in Wake County and a small farm in Bertie County?

Just throwing out poverty rates on every place doesn't really say anything, now does it?
Poverty rates are a good quality-of-life indicator of an geographic area. While "Veganwriter" is a retiree like myself, he should consider their impact on the county's finances.

While our priorities are much different than younger folks, taxes and healthcare are very important to those on fixed incomes. Economically depressed counties tend to have higher than average property tax rates to compensate for their shrinking tax base. In addition, the availability of quality healthcare becomes more of an issue for retirees. Poorer counties cannot afford to support high quality hospitals or attract a wide variety of healthcare specialists who treat aging-related conditions and diseases.
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Unread 03-29-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I was surfing the net looking at chicken coops and this page popped up with some really unique "Sustainable" designs one it. They came out of a school in Bertie County. It led to my question.
I was curious about this too. The chicken coop project was at the Bertie Early College Agriculture school. There are inspiring teachers and bright kids even in the "poorest" counties. One article here: PopTech : Blog : Interview: Emily Pilloton on chicken coops, farmers markets and sustainable design

It mentions many families have huge commercial chicken farms, and they are the higher income ones.

Bertie was hard-hit by natural disasters, and I have also seen the television news when the flooding from the hurricane hit, and months later a tornado. Reporters typically interview a grieving family whose mobile home was ruined.

But, like some others have mentioned, there is inexpensive housing around Windsor and Williamston. I could certainly consider Windsor for retirement if I had a very low income. The county hospital in Windsor has only 6 beds, and one could check its quality with objective sources. (Note, I put more faith in statistics than in anecdotal reports.)

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