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Old 10-16-2006, 03:11 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,
I hope you can help....my husband and I are thinking about relocating to this area from Ohio. Does anyone have anything good/bad to say about these places? We're looking to get away from big city life and hoping to find a slower paced life somewhere else. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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It's an awesome place! It's consistantly ranked in many publications year after year as one of the best small towns in America in which to live. As you may or may not know, Mt. Airy's the hometown of Andy Griffith, and the model for the town of Mayberry. My family and I live about 1.5 hours south of Mt. Airy (in Concord , near Charlotte) and visit there often. It's one of the most adorable small towns in the nation. Many of the businesses on The Andy Griffith Show are actual busnesses in Mt. Airy that have been there years before the show ever aired (Walley's Service Station, Bluebird Dinner, Floyd's Barber Shop, ect). They play the Mayberry thing to the hilt (whithout being tacky), so there's a lot to see and do in the area. Visually, it's a stunning area, sitting in the foothills of the Appalatchian Mountain range. They have a wonderful 4-season climate. Lots of sun year round. In July, the highs are around 83-85 degrees. In Jan., highs are about 46-48 degrees with an average of 11" of snow per winter. Falls and springs are heavenly! Crime is very rare, and the cost of living is really low. Though Mt. Airy's outside of any metro area and has that good hometown feel, I-77 and I-74 are about 2 miles outside of town and you have access to Winston Salem (45 miles SE on I-74), and Charlotte (1.5 hours south on I-77), so you're not completely isolated.

The only negative I can come up with is, like nearly all small towns outside of metro areas, the economy is very limited. If you go there with a job in place, can work from home, or are retired, it's a great choice. If not, I'd rethink it. Good luck in your search and I hope Mt. Airy works out for you. If not, just post again, and we'll find you a place in NC. There are soooo many great areas!!!
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:11 AM
 
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Hi FriendinNC,
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. It sounds like a nice area! We're going to take a trip down after the holidays and start looking around. Thanks again for being so helpful!
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Old 10-24-2006, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Hi FriendinNC,
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. It sounds like a nice area! We're going to take a trip down after the holidays and start looking around. Thanks again for being so helpful!
I agree with Friend (again!). The Mt. Airy area is just beautiful and perfect for someone looking for a slower pace and small town atmosphere. Good luck!
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