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Old 12-04-2016, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Conway
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Greenville NC vs Durham NC? Which one should I chose? Am semiretired. This means I just need a part-time job. Also looking for a great hospital. I think it will be one of these two places if and when we move from South Carolina.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:53 AM
 
Location: NC High Country
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These two cities are so very different. You need to tell us more about your likes/didlikes, what you are looking for besides a great hospital (none better than Duke for most disciplines), etc. What kind of part-time job? Budget? What is it about these two cities that you've already narrowed it down?
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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If you want a good hospital, Durham is the place.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Very very different.

Greenville is home to ECU and has a good hospital, but it is far removed from a bigger urban center and it's also not as close to the beach as a lot of people think. Still about 1.5 hrs away, which is only about .5 hr closer than Durham is to the beach. Greenville is in the heart of Eastern NC, pretty conservative, very flat, lots of pine trees and agriculture. Much sleepier. If you're looking for more of a small town feel Greenville could be a good choice.

Durham is in the Triangle, the second largest urban center in NC, home to Duke University, NC Central University, and Duke Hospital, one of the best in the country (literally, it's number 16 on the list) if not the world. It is one point of the Triangle with Raleigh (home to NC State University, Meredith University, St Augustine's University and several more) and Chapel Hill (home to the University of North Carolina). There are also excellent medical facilities at UNC and in Raleigh at Rex and Wake Med. The Triangle as a whole is much more vibrant and dynamic than Greenville, lots of arts and culture, great restaurants, museums, and other urban amenities.

Greenville will be less expensive, more small town feel.
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Old 12-04-2016, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Baltimore MD/Durham NC
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Greenville is a college town in middle of the most rural part of North Carolina. You are comparing a metro of 175k, to Durham which is part of the 2.2 mil triangle metro.

These places are so vastly different I am confused by the question.
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Conway
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Greenville is a college town in middle of the most rural part of North Carolina. You are comparing a metro of 175k, to Durham which is part of the 2.2 mil triangle metro.

These places are so vastly different I am confused by the question.
We are looking for a nice place to live with a great hospital in case we ever need it at our age. We are both 63 years young. Population doesn't matter since we came from NO Virginia three years ago. Wanted a place with great tax rates and a single story family house around $210k.
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:56 AM
 
Location: NC High Country
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What is it about the Charleston area that you don't like?

Durham is a good choice, but if being near excellent medical facilities is most important, you might also consider Winston-Salem. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is one of the best in the Southeast. Lots to do - great cultural, historical, outdoor activities. Real estate is reasonable, too.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Baltimore MD/Durham NC
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We are looking for a nice place to live with a great hospital in case we ever need it at our age. We are both 63 years young. Population doesn't matter since we came from NO Virginia three years ago. Wanted a place with great tax rates and a single story family house around $210k.
We are having trouble really answering you because your question is pretty vague.

If literally the only thing you care about is a good hospital, Duke Hospital in Durham is ranked as the best hospital in the state.

Both other than that those areas are very different, without you telling us more about what you want it is impossible to answer.


Housing in Greenville will be significantly cheaper than in Durham. Though Winston-Salem is a good option also. It is also has cheaper housing than Durham, and has a great hospital, but it has more cultural amenities than you will find in Greenville.
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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Unless you have some sort of specialized medical issue (and you say you don't), I wouldn't pick a place to live in NC based solely on the presence of a "great" hospital and low taxes. NC has lots of great healthcare facilities across the state, and you can always travel to one of the "flagship" hospitals in the unlikely event you will need their services.


My suggestion is think long and hard about what type of community you want to live in and what specific amenities are important to you. Then visit some places several times and see what they're actually like.
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Conway
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What is it about the Charleston area that you don't like?

Durham is a good choice, but if being near excellent medical facilities is most important, you might also consider Winston-Salem. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is one of the best in the Southeast. Lots to do - great cultural, historical, outdoor activities. Real estate is reasonable, too.
Charleston is nice but we just wanted to get closer to VA where are children are at. So we were thinking along the I85 corridor near Durham. We would save 3 to 4 hours in driving time.
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