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Old 08-05-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Which area offers superior public schools?

Which area is safer? Is there more crime in Raleigh suburbs or Charlotte suburbs?
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Which area offers superior public schools?

Which area is safer? Is there more crime in Raleigh suburbs or Charlotte suburbs?
Charlotte is almost twice the size in population and square miles of Raleigh, so crime in general is going to be higher in Charlotte.

The suburbs of both cities offer nice neighborhoods and some great schools. Some of the best in the state are to be found in both areas.

Just be aware, Raleigh still buses their students hither and yon to achieve racial balance while Charlotte has neighborhood schools.

In addition, the median home price is higher in Raleigh, making Charlotte a bit more affordable to live in.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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Public Schools? Check posts on Wake County (Raleigh) public school system. Current state, not guaranteed closest school to your house. You potentially could pick a school across the county. Both cities in places can offer good schools.

Safer? Cary is the safest place out of the two cities metro region. Charlotte is pretty hit and miss but none of the safe areas are up to the level of Cary.

Lastly, do note both of these cities are very different. Charlotte is a city with a focus on downtown. Raleigh is one big giant suburb where things are all over the place.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Public Schools? Check posts on Wake County (Raleigh) public school system. Current state, not guaranteed closest school to your house. You potentially could pick a school across the county. Both cities in places can offer good schools.

Safer? Cary is the safest place out of the two cities metro region. Charlotte is pretty hit and miss but none of the safe areas are up to the level of Cary.

Lastly, do note both of these cities are very different. Charlotte is a city with a focus on downtown. Raleigh is one big giant suburb where things are all over the place.

I would say Huntersville is about as safe as Cary, the growth and size was where Cary was 15 years ago.
Far as schools if you can get in one of the newer schools built within the last couple of years is best bet or apply for lottery to be enter in Lake Norman Charter.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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Historically speaking schools are better in Wake county than mecklenburg but the last few years have been a confusing place as their still figuring how to recreate the balanced educational structure they had in the later part for the 20th century. To very distinct feels to the areas, Charlotte crime wise is quite a bit worse off than Raleigh, but is also a bigger place. Your really must spend a few days in both and drive around the area.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Union County
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Public Schools? Check posts on Wake County (Raleigh) public school system. Current state, not guaranteed closest school to your house. You potentially could pick a school across the county. Both cities in places can offer good schools.

Safer? Cary is the safest place out of the two cities metro region. Charlotte is pretty hit and miss but none of the safe areas are up to the level of Cary.

Lastly, do note both of these cities are very different. Charlotte is a city with a focus on downtown. Raleigh is one big giant suburb where things are all over the place.
Just curious why you think "none of the safe areas are up to the level of Cary"... what are you basing that on? If this isn't a purely Wake vs. Mecklenburg discussion (i.e. surrounding suburbs), then you can't compare Cary to only areas within Meck county.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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I've heard that some Wake County schools tend to be better partly because of a large number of professors associated with the numerous area universities. In some schools, this can create a strong culture of learning.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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One should also point out that Charlotte's suburbs are farther away from downtown Charlotte than Raleigh's suburbs are to its downtown. I.e. Garner's downtown is 5 miles from downtown Raleigh versus Huntersville's downtown is 15 miles from downtown Charlotte. That does make it seems like Raleigh is a collection of suburbs.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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Just curious why you think "none of the safe areas are up to the level of Cary"... what are you basing that on?
Basing on both personal experience as well as publications like... Cary Named Third Safest by Population in US in 2010, Remains Safest in North Carolina, Southeast

Do note... just because Cary is really safe doesn't mean it doesn't have its own problems i.e. giant HOA, sign ordinance, etc.

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If this isn't a purely Wake vs. Mecklenburg discussion (i.e. surrounding suburbs), then you can't compare Cary to only areas within Meck county.
Not sure where you are going with this. Cary is 6 miles to NC State, which is near downtown Raleigh.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:05 AM
 
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Basing on both personal experience as well as publications like... Cary Named Third Safest by Population in US in 2010, Remains Safest in North Carolina, Southeast
It's another silly comparison of very arbitrary municipal (city) limits. If you took the Ballentyne area, make it a separate city, you would have a clone of Cary. More or less. Same stats, same crime, same anywhere USA.

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I'd say that if you were comparing suburbs of RDU against the Charlotte Metro, there is basically no difference. People citing statistics above don't seem to understand that RDU includes suburbs around RTP which include Chapel Hill and Durham. This is why it's called the Triangle.

With few exceptions you can stand on any street in any suburban community in the Triangle and you would have no idea if you were there, or in Charlotte area, and vice versa. It's all one huge sprawl of Anywhere, USA of national builder subdivisions, national big box retail, etc. People in the Triangle get pissed off with the traffic on I-40 just like the ones here complain about I-77. Hwy 70 is overloaded just like Hwy 74. Only the names have changed to protect the innocent.
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