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Old 05-09-2006, 08:38 PM
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Wake County will probably overtake Mecklenburg within the next several years.
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:01 PM
Location: Lake Norman Area
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Stay clear of Raleigh, Charlotte, and maybe even Asheville now. Dont live in the suburbs of any of these cities. Then you should be fine.

I live near Huntersville, which is just north of Charlotte. There are as many NY and NJ plates as there are NC plates on the road. No, Im not kidding. People moving here think they are moving to some paradise but actually if youve lived here all your life you know its not (anymore). The natives of Charlotte and Mecklenburg county are being taxed out and most have left already. It will be more common for you to hear a northern accent than a southern accent in Charlotte, I know the Raleigh area has to be the same way.

If you move out east or west, you will find numerous small quaint towns. But they do not have a thriving economy or big paying jobs like Charlotte. Just slow paced towns that time has seemingly passed by. And that sounds like what you are looking for. Find it on your own. If someone tells you about it it means its already been discovered and the yankees are preparing for the next town takeover.

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Old 05-09-2006, 09:11 PM
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Asheville doesn't seem to have a great number of the NY & NJ folks, but we do have a lot of Florida transplants at least during the months of April through October. Then it's back to the winter home.

If we had a lot of NY & NJ folks, I could probably find a decent sub, pizza and bagel shop around here. Nothing's worse than the southern versions.

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Old 05-10-2006, 09:15 AM
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I was in the other direction in CT., and the NY "mindset" (nasty, arrogant, materialistic, non-livestock, etc.) invaded what used to be a little farming town. The mercedes and big SUV's replaced the pick-ups. I used to go down the road and wave to several times to friends I passed. They came for the cheaper land and taxes and then insisted on all the amenities they had in their previous place and once they outnumbered the "old timers", they started voting the extras in and as I left, my house taxes were ready to about double. I bailed in Nov. and landed in CA, which is an awful place. I am outside the bay area and the people there are the same as the new yorkers. I am leaving the first part of June and heading to where I originally intended, NC. I too, don't want to be around any yankees, I want to be around country people, with old-fashioned American values, so I can have my livestock again and hopefully live in peace.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:17 AM
Location: Mebane, NC
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I was pleased when a couple of the kids working in the Verizon store in Durham, after hearing that we were moving to Mebane, said, "Why? Boooring."

To my mind, Alamance County had what I was looking for. It is my fervent hope that the high-maint types do not find it
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:14 PM
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Yeah, Alamance County (which I live about 10-20 minutes from) seems to be mostly rural/small town. (Other than Burlington, of course, which isn't really a big city.) I too hope it remains mostly undiscovered.
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Old 05-10-2006, 02:26 PM
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Shhhhh..... I won't tell if you don't. I think I'm going to take the advice of another poster and find quaint places myself through a little old fashioned exploring. I wouldn't want to spoil anything. And I don't want other Northerners to find it because that would defeat the purpose of moving away from them.

We want to fit in with people down there not change them in the least bit. If anything we want to change. We don't fit in here anyway. People keep saying we are crazy for moving down there because it is so "slow", we say that is exactly the way we like it.

Thanks for all of the help everyone! Perhaps one day our paths will cross.
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Old 05-10-2006, 06:35 PM
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So the term for you would be a "Doughface", as opposed to the much more hated "Carpetbagger". You should fit in better then.
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:19 PM
Location: State of Bliss :-)
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NW Guilford County. Summerfield, Oakridge, Pleasant Garden, NW Greensboro, Stokesdale. Great places to live, close to amenities.
Stokesdale is more rural than the rest but also more reasonably priced. Might be too much of a culture shock for you though.

We don't have flocks moving here yet :-)

Originally Posted by Sugar Magnolia
Hi all,
we are looking to relocate from the Northeast to near the Raleigh area (haven't decided where yet), but after reading many of these posts we started to get worried.

Here is the deal: we want to get away from the people from New York and New Jersey (sorry, I don't mean to offend, but we have grown up near there our entire lives and we are very displeased with this area right now). Honestly, we want to move out into the "country". We want close to an acre of land and the small town friendliness we thought we would get there. If we wanted to live with Yankees we would stay up north.

When we came to visit last year, it seemed exactly like what we are looking for, now we are not so sure. I suppose my real question is then, where can we go to stay away from the transplants? They are the reason we are moving out of our state. They invaded us first, ruined life here for us, then made their way down the coast.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:29 PM
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I've heard the acrnonym Clayton Let All Yankes Take Over Now as well.
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