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Old 03-06-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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We just came back from visiting NC and we are very, very impressed. Loved everything. The only question I have why there are so many churches? Sometimes standing next to each other and different denominations, small buildings and sometimes trailers? Are NC people that religious? Nothing is wrong with that but I wonder how not church going folks would be accepted? Any thoughts?
I am agnostic and my parents are of a religion other than Christian. I haven't been to a church for services since I was 10 years old. To answer your question. Don't obsess. Someone might ask you where you go to church, but it has no bad intention or judgmental intention intended. It is just the way it is in N.C. The people are attempting to be hospitable. This may not even happen in Charlotte. Nevertheless, don't worry about the churches. I have been to New England towns that have just as many. Doesn't hurt people there. Even though I am not a religious person, I am glad others are. It keeps some morality in society. Nobody ever bothers me. You will be fine. The difference in the number of churches in the south and north is that the north has more catholic cathedrals that hold more members. Southerners will put a cross on the top of an outhouse if neccessary and call it a church, thus the number of small churches is apparent.
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:48 AM
 
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I don't think North Carolina as a whole is overrated, but for me the triangle area is way overrated. (I specified "for me" as people love it). I grew up in NJ but moved here from FL, so I'm a "halfback."

What I like:
--Amazing restaurants
--Very intelligent populations and access to world class universities
--Seemingly affordable housing (I rent though)
--Can go to mountains or beach
--I'm starting to understand the south and I love the hardcore NC accents.
--eastern carolina barbecue sauce (I went vegetarian so not sure how to eat that now)

What I don't like:
--resentment toward northerners (I've experienced that more on this board than in real life)
--that beach is THREE HOURS away. It's all perspective. For some this is great, but in Florida I lived 15 minutes from one of the greatest beaches in the country.
--suburban sprawl, worship of planned, HOA-controlled communities. Ugh. (sorry, just my opinion here)
--that mountain is 3 hours away too?
--though tech and healthcare are big here, medical writer jobs are scarce (for now)
--Summer is hotter here than where I lived in FL (because I was right near the bay and got the breeze)
--I am not sure there are any normal single men over 40 left here (heh heh)
--If I stay where I am (a very transient part of Durham where nobody talks to neighbors) I'll be bored. If I move to a smaller town I'll be seen as another one of those transplants taking over.
--Also don't like the bizarre attitudes about Durham and safety. Not one bit. Taints the entire area for me.

Much of my impression of this area has been formed by what I've read on these forums, which is unfortunate on several levels.

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Old 03-09-2008, 08:28 AM
 
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Much of my impression of this area has been formed by what I've read on these forums, which is unfortunate on several levels.
Sadly, I know what you mean, Scorp. Sometimes this forum does more harm than good. I've come across people who post misleading or downright false information. It can be very discouraging. Luckily, there are also some people who do their best to make up for the others.

Threads like this one fascinate me because I moved here from an area where NC wasn't getting any hype at all. For me, NC was a pleasant surprise because I didn't come here with a lot of preconceived ideas & overwhelming expectations.
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Old 06-01-2008, 04:43 AM
 
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Talking I'm moving =)

I'm moving to North Carolina in September. I have no family, no friends, and no job there. I currently live in Arizona and for years now I have felt this insatiable urge to move to North Carolina. ...I haven't even been there (yet )

I'm visiting Raleigh, Cary, Fayetteville, and Southern Pines in the hopes of finding the city that sings to me. I've hoped and now I'm praying that it's nicer than it's been portrayed here.

I leave Monday to take a looksie. I'm sure it'll be great!
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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We moved here a little over a year ago......it's perfect for us. Overrated? Not at all in my opinion---but that is "my" opinion. Just as any other state people find their own paradise. It is hot in the summer but the spring, winter and falls are wonderful. I have to believe it is sincerely each persons personal likes and dislikes wherever they move. The people here in NC are great and welcoming. The land is beautiful. It is growing fast and with many planned communities but even though I don't want to see to much of that it provides jobs. It's all growing pains. There is still plenty of empty land and beautiful forest everywhere. I feel like I have moved from another world since coming here from CA. It's been amazing for us. Every person I have talked to who have moved here from other states have no regrets. I can't tell anyone it will be perfect for them but it is for us!

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Old 06-13-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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YES, it is overrated! NC sucks! I've lived here my whole life, and it's horrible! We don't need any more people! The only people that should be forced to endure this terrible spot of dirt are the cursed NC natives like myself! I think everyone else should just go back to where they're from before it's too late!

Eh? If you can't tell, I'm being sarcastic. I love it here. Why is everyone so thrilled about the ocean being three hours away? Unless you surf, what do you get out of it? There are lakes here that you can gaze at, the seafood is just as fresh if you go to the right restaurant, and Carowinds supplies all the overpriced commercial enjoyment you need. I understand that the ocean has appeal, but I would never put that as one of the top 5 reasons to live in Charlotte. That's just me.
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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I'm moving to North Carolina in September. I have no family, no friends, and no job there. I currently live in Arizona and for years now I have felt this insatiable urge to move to North Carolina. ...I haven't even been there (yet )

I'm visiting Raleigh, Cary, Fayetteville, and Southern Pines in the hopes of finding the city that sings to me. I've hoped and now I'm praying that it's nicer than it's been portrayed here.

I leave Monday to take a looksie. I'm sure it'll be great!
Well Fayetteville will only sing to you if you say things like "I love the smell of napalm in the morning"... I lived there for two years, and with Ft. Bragg being in town, it's called Fayettenam by North Carolinians. Your windows will rattle all the time from the blasts from the artillery range. I like it though. It's the hottest place in NC, because it's all sand and blacktop, by the way. I have no knowledge of Raleigh or Cary, except they are growing fast.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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Am moving to the Fayetteville area and have no idea what to expect. Any insight as to what should be avoided?
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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The entire town.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:19 PM
 
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The entire town.

Basically, but seriously Morganton rd is the only well kept and desirable area in Fayetteville.
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