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Old 01-08-2008, 11:41 AM
 
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We have been planning on moving to Charlotte for three years but apparently so have a lot of other people and the overcrowding and disturbing rise in violent crime there is causing us to have some second thoughts. We were initially drawn to the great weather, reasonable cost of housing, beautiful neighborhoods and good schools - we find the abundance of excellent private schools extremely appealing as good, safe schooling for our children is our number one priority. Are there any similar cities in North Carolina that have the great private schools, beautiful, established neighborhoods but that aren't growing so rapidly and don't have the crime problems? Shhhh. Just whisper!Thanks.
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Old 01-08-2008, 11:43 AM
 
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Try Fort Mill, SC; Just over the state line South of Charlotte. I believe they have the best schools in SC, it's reasonably priced and has a lot of growth going on. Getting to be a very popular Charlotte suburb.
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Uptown CLT (4th Ward)
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I would also suggest either Fort Mill, SC (about 15 miles south of Uptown Charlotte) or Huntersville, NC (about 13 miles north of Uptown Charlotte).

Both are great suburbs. If you have kids in school, I would suggest Fort Mill, SC. They have the best rated school district in the state of SC and you would be very close to Charlotte too.

GOOD LUCK!
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Old 01-08-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Tarheel State
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I just heard on our local news last night that murder is up in the Triangle and Triad and down in Charlotte from last year. Don't know about other crimes, but I do know in the Triad we are starting to see some gang-related crimes.

Can't help you with the perfect town, though.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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good luck trying to find a 'big' city without some crime
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I just heard on our local news last night that murder is up in the Triangle and Triad and down in Charlotte from last year. Don't know about other crimes, but I do know in the Triad we are starting to see some gang-related crimes.

Can't help you with the perfect town, though.
Yes Raleigh did have a few more murders this year, but 5-6 of those can be atributed to one man that was let out of jail and decided to go on a crime/killing spree. 29 murders for a city of 375,000 people is not too bad, but there is room for improvement.

Maja, have you considered Raleigh or any of its surrounding suburbs?
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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Maja, I moved from Raleigh to Greenville about six month ago and I would move back in a second! I know live in a much smaller city and the crime is much worse here. For being as big of a city as Raleigh is, its really isn't that bad.
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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no where near Charlotte, but Cary is a really nice area, with low crime.

Even if you suffer through redistricting issues, the schools are good...

hubby and I are considering buying in Cary (we're just north of Raleigh right now, but both of us grew up in Cary)
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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Thanks all for the input. BTW, I don't THINK I'm expecting to find utopia - its just that safety and a good education for my kids are really important to me. I can do without and am willing to trade some of the other things that some people are looking for; e.g. great restaurants, exciting nightlife, big sports activities, salons, spas, super shopping, etc. These things are fine but if I have to choose, safety and education come first. Thanks again for those who offered a sincere recommendation. I'll check them out.
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