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Old 09-05-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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I'm just curious as to why so many northerners move down to Charlotte? What does Charlotte have that other cities do not? It almost seems like Charlotte (and North Carolina as a whole) is the new Florida for relocating. I've considered it but it seems like it's more of a family city, and I'm 25 and single.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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This is just my opinion or analysis Florida no longer is cheap my feel of reality of it.
Also the realization that Summer is to HOT.
You can expierence 4 Seasons that Autumn last longer & Dont have to worry about heavy winter coats
or Snow blowers. Plenty of snow threads on this forum.
North Carolina you can visit where you come from in less than a days car trip.
Less than 16 hours . I use Portland Maine for the example.
Snow charlotte - Google Search city data ranks fifth
Alot of good threads .

Good thread topic
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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No more harsh midwest Winters, but still get seasons. Good schools. Good home prices and property taxes. NASCAR (just kidding). Relative proximity to the ocean.
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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For me personally, it was a place to start a marriage and a family that felt the most comfortable to me when I visited. Since I work in the bank industry, that helped sway Charlotte over Raleigh or Lousiville. And bobo, for some of us, the homes are more expensive
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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For the price of a one bedroom condo in the northeast, you can get a large house in Charlotte. Health insurance is 1/3 the cost, and real estate taxes are next to nothing. (It cracks me up to hear people in Charlotte complain about RE taxes -- they are 1/10 of what they would be for an equivalent sized house in Westchester County, NY.) Hardly any snow.

Having said all that, there are tradeoffs that many people don't realize until they move here. They've been covered elsewhere (see the "do i fit in?" thread).
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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Diversity, Universities, warmer climate, lower taxes, closer to shopping, etc. Big sell for us was Lake Norman. We had looked in Raleigh but I was personally not impressed by either Falls/Jourdan Lake. Another advantage was within driving distance to the shore and the mountains were reachable as well. It is great to see children out playing here. Up north, we just did not see much of that.
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: S. Charlotte
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No more harsh midwest Winters, but still get seasons. Good schools. Good home prices and property taxes. NASCAR (just kidding). Relative proximity to the ocean.
Ditto! Was super happy to sell the snowblower right before I moved last year Had at least 4 different people offering to buy it off me.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:22 PM
 
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LiveStrong, I think Charlotte needs more young singles like you in order to build up a better singles scene. I think that Charlotte has a pretty good nightlife, but it is not on the level of other cities like Atlanta or DC yet, but I say the more singles that continue to move to Charlotte, the more Charlotte can get that reputation as a better singles city, instead of being looked at as an "overgrown bedroom community" where it's all about families! I want to see Charlotte attract more young singles and creative class, b/c in my opinion, that's who Charlotte needs to focus on attracting more! Charlotte needs to attract more "urban pioneers" instead of suburbanites who are fixated on family and living dull, routine lives!
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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I want to see Charlotte attract more young singles and creative class, b/c in my opinion, that's who Charlotte needs to focus on attracting more! Charlotte needs to attract more "urban pioneers" instead of suburbanites who are fixated on family and living dull, routine lives!
I read your post and this reminded me of an article that was on the Observer's front page of their site yesterday.

Rise of creatives fascinates thinkfest founder - CharlotteObserver.com (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/09/04/1666457/rise-of-creatives-fascinates-tedxcharlotte.html - broken link)

You may have seen it as well because before the article I had never heard of "urban pioneers" before.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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I read your post and this reminded me of an article that was on the Observer's front page of their site yesterday.

Rise of creatives fascinates thinkfest founder - CharlotteObserver.com (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/09/04/1666457/rise-of-creatives-fascinates-tedxcharlotte.html - broken link)

You may have seen it as well because before the article I had never heard of "urban pioneers" before.
I didn't read that article, but I will! I just think that Charlotte's long term future rests in attracting more young singles and creative class b/c 1.) They are the future and 2.) They bring creativity and new ideas, thinking outside the box, with the businesses they open! Charlotte is making strides, however, there is a lot of work to do, but I'm confident that Charlotte will continue to improve and get better!
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