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Old 01-15-2007, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Burlington, VT
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Hubby and I are lifelong Bostonians, and we're considering a move to North Carolina. We'd prefer urban to rural, and I'm leaning toward Wilmington, Charlotte, the Triad, or Asheville. I'm Black, he's White, and we want to start a family in the next 5 years. I'm going to be a nurse, so finding a job won't be a problem.

How does North Carolina compare to Boston? What was the hardest thing to get used to? What do you like about the place? What don't you like? What advice would you give to a fellow Bostonian?
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:35 PM
 
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Hello there,

Don't leave Boston. You have the best hospitals and medical care in the country - MGH/Harvard, Brigham & Womens, Beth Israel, etc. Plus Northern salaries are much better.

If you like urban, and if your heart is set on moving, stick to Raleigh or Charlotte. I recommend the Duke hospital system or WakeMed in Raleigh. Stick with the big medical centers.

I am still followed by a Boston doc, and have been out of New England for 7 years now - that should tell you something.

Can't beat New England schools for your future kids either!
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Hubby and I are lifelong Bostonians, and we're considering a move to North Carolina. We'd prefer urban to rural, and I'm leaning toward Wilmington, Charlotte, the Triad, or Asheville. I'm Black, he's White, and we want to start a family in the next 5 years. I'm going to be a nurse, so finding a job won't be a problem.

How does North Carolina compare to Boston? What was the hardest thing to get used to? What do you like about the place? What don't you like? What advice would you give to a fellow Bostonian?
I wouldn't totally agree with Erin on this one... though my wife, who's a southern NH native, misses Boston a fair amount. Me, who spent about 10 years in Boston/Cambridge but is a Fla. native... not as much, but there are things I miss from time to time.

Things I like:

* Housing that's affordable
* Diverse and welcoming environment
* Cities town (Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro; Asheville) that are politically progressive and liberal -- you don't get such a mix everywhere in the south
* Fantastic weather
* In the Triangle at least, more respect and appreciation for local restaurants, shopping, etc. than you get in lots of the south (which can be a bit biased towards big-box)
* Tons of job opportunities (Charlotte, Triangle), with lots of university, biomed, IT, financial, etc.
* Great colleges/universities like UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, Davidson, Guilford, etc., with all the positives that go with those, like great hospitals
* Sounds like a little thing, but lots better grocery stores and options

Things I miss/would miss about Boston:

* Walkable/public transport -- I miss walking to work every day, taking the subway, etc.
* Better public schools
* The history
* The skyline, downtown, etc. ... the urban environment. Charlotte has a little bit of this... Raleigh and Durham less so... but in either case, it's nothing like the energy of the "Hub of the Universe"
* RED SOX! Though the Durham Bulls are FUN... it's no Fenway.

In terms of natural environment, there are lots of similarities between NC and New England (only less cold). Ocean is a few hours away, so are the mountains. Plenty of walking trails, parks, etc. Unlike lots of the south, at least in Raleigh-Durham there are no billboards all over the interstate; the freeways have forest/trees on all sides.

Regarding what Erin said about medical care -- mixed bag. For the couple of 'serious' things that have come up since we moved, we got great care at Duke's hospital. Duke is the MGH or BI of the Triangle. For primary care and "regular" doctor visits... just okay, nothing special. My wife really misses her old primary care doc.

I've been lucky enough to live in a half-dozen places up and down the East Coast, and for us, NC is the perfect balance in terms of professional opportunities, progressive environment, affordable housing, and good schools. For me, the only places outside of Boston that I could ever imagine living are the Triangle and Asheville.

When push comes to shove, if living in a true *big city* is important to you... you will really miss Boston and have a hard time matching it. If that's not the be all and end all for you, then NC has some wonderful things to offer.
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:39 PM
 
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All good points, Bull City.

I see lots of people on this forum who want to move to NC and think it's this fabulous place and don't know much about it. There are a ton of natives who love it but there are also people who thought it was going to be great, moved, and then regretted it.

That is the best thing about this forum: the wide variety of people and varied perspectives. There is a lot of reading to be done here and I urge everyone who wants to move to use the search feature using some key words and read up on all of the suggestions.
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Old 01-16-2007, 06:57 AM
 
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Asheville just dropped off the list of best places to retire, and the herd will be going elsewhere when the new "list" comes out.

NC is full now. How about let's all go now to TN, GA or Idaho ?
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