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Old 03-11-2010, 07:38 AM
 
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I grew up in Raleigh, though my parents were in the first wave of RTP-related immigration. They moved there in 1965. We've moved away now because my husband could not find a semiconductor hardware job in the Triangle.

If you want to find Raleigh natives, don't live in new construction. I don't know any natives who are in the new subdivisions in West Cary. I do know several who have expanded their older house in order to stay in the same place in North Raleigh or ITB.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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Most of us are still here. We're spread out all over the county now
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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The other member that was born in the old Rex is no longer a member

My neighbor is a native and he is still around. He just doesn't post on message boards

Hm, our neighborhood is not new construction. But it's not a downtown Cary either. We area mix and have a few natives...
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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My family is from Raleigh, I grew up in Cary and live in Garner. I think the natives are still here, there are just so many newcomers that you don't notice. We're outnumbered!
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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The other member that was born in the old Rex is no longer a member

My neighbor is a native and he is still around. He just doesn't post on message boards

Hm, our neighborhood is not new construction. But it's not a downtown Cary either. We area mix and have a few natives...

I was born in Old Rex. 1970

My parents moved here from Henderson in the early 1960s. My grandfather had lived in Raleigh as a boy in the late 20s or early 30s, but moved to Henderson at some point during his childhood.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:38 AM
 
Location: NC
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If you want to find Raleigh natives, don't live in new construction. I don't know any natives who are in the new subdivisions in West Cary.
I do. Got relatives born in Raleigh, moved to a (now) older subdivision of Cary after college, had kids and now live in a new house in SW Cary. About half my family are Raleigh natives. Most of them still live there. One cousin moved to Va. Beach.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Another old Rex! I miss that other member even if he didn't care for carpetbaggers I learned a lot about ITB

And you are in Morrisville now? Wow, I bet there are even less natives there than Cary! How do you like Morrisville as a native of the Triangle?

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I was born in Old Rex. 1970

My parents moved here from Henderson in the early 1960s. My grandfather had lived in Raleigh as a boy in the late 20s or early 30s, but moved to Henderson at some point during his childhood.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Just wondering...

I just moved to the Raleigh area about 9 months ago, and have only met 2 people from Raleigh. Why is there no one in Raleigh from Raleigh?
There are plenty of us here, but transplants tend to live among, and socialize with, other transplants.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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Just wondering...

I just moved to the Raleigh area about 9 months ago, and have only met 2 people from Raleigh. Why is there no one in Raleigh from Raleigh?
Your answer is in bold.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:28 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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My family is from Raleigh, I grew up in Cary and live in Garner. I think the natives are still here, there are just so many newcomers that you don't notice. We're outnumbered!
That's for sure! For newcomers, it's important to understand just how much growth there has been in the last 4 decades or so. Since 1970, Wake County population has quadrupled from about 229,000 to over 900,000. The county population since 1990 has more than doubled. One can make an argument that the growth has only accelerated over time. While some of this growth is undoubtedly from births, much more of it was from newcomers.
The Raleigh of 1970 was actually smaller than the Cary of today. Sometimes it's hard for me to even wrap my head around that fact. And, speaking of Cary, it only had 7640 people back then. Can you imagine?

Like others have said, if you want to find locals, you are best to look inside the beltline and in older/established suburban areas. Much of North Raleigh is established enough to find first generation local adults. Many of these locals were born of transfers from IBM/Nortel in the 60's, 70's and early 80's. I'd imagine that there might be some differing opinions of whether these people are "considered" local given their families' short history in the area. For instance, I'll be that the Carolina Country Club wouldn't see them as locals.
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