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Old 12-27-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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I am originally from Iowa and I will be finishing up school here soon and I am looking into living in North Carolina. I plan on finishing another two years of schooling wherever I go. I really really want to be close to the mountains and ocean. I know you don't always get the best of both worlds it'd sure be nice. I would like to be within the area of a good hospital, too. I would love to hear some opinions!
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I am originally from Iowa and I will be finishing up school here soon and I am looking into living in North Carolina. I plan on finishing another two years of schooling wherever I go. I really really want to be close to the mountains and ocean. I know you don't always get the best of both worlds it'd sure be nice. I would like to be within the area of a good hospital, too. I would love to hear some opinions!
What is your field, and where do you plan to look for a job? The state's unemployment rate is currently very high, but the best employment rates are in the Raleigh-Durham (Triangle area).

Being in the Triangle would put you about a 2.5-3 hour drive to the ocean, and 3.5-4 hours to the mountains. I guess that's better than Iowa.

Duke and UNC have excellent hospitals in the Triangle, but there are good hospitals all over the state. What in particular attracts you to North Carolina?
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:18 PM
 
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What is your field, and where do you plan to look for a job? The state's unemployment rate is currently very high, but the best employment rates are in the Raleigh-Durham (Triangle area).

Being in the Triangle would put you about a 2.5-3 hour drive to the ocean, and 3.5-4 hours to the mountains. I guess that's better than Iowa.

Duke and UNC have excellent hospitals in the Triangle, but there are good hospitals all over the state. What in particular attracts you to North Carolina?
Nursing, I haven't specialized yet.
Iowa nursing license have specific states where we don't have to retest. North Carolina and South Carolina were two of the many options. I have always wanted to go to the east coast. I plan to visit before I move, but I was just curious about what were the best areas.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Nursing, I haven't specialized yet.
Iowa nursing license have specific states where we don't have to retest. North Carolina and South Carolina were two of the many options. I have always wanted to go to the east coast. I plan to visit before I move, but I was just curious about what were the best areas.
The "best" areas could mean many things to many people, so it is an almost meaningless question. Why not concentrate on the areas close to the schools where you would do the post-bachelors education? Do you imaging working full-time and also taking part-time schooling? If so, I believe you should not plan on commuting more than 60 miles to a school.

Since NC has many nursing graduates from in-state who want to remain here, there will be competition for jobs. It may be easier to find a job in the rural counties which are under-served by doctors.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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I'm a native NC'ian and much prefer Iowa. Sure, it's boring and there isn't much to do, but I find the quality of life to be higher. The natives are also nicer. Rural Iowa is a lot better than rural NC. Iowa has the 5th lowest unemployment rate while NC is around the 30s or 40s. The problem is that people are moving to NC in bunches but aren't smart enough to find employment before moving.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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NC is a large state--you're not going to be "close" to both mountains and ocean here. The west coast is the place to do that!
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