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Old 02-04-2015, 07:17 PM
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Any family moved from Charlotte, NC to New Jersey area with kids... how has been your experience. We are planning to go though similar transition... need to know things that helped.

In our case moving with 5 year old. Would be working in Manhattan & stay in good elementary school district in NJ
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:15 AM
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Hi! I have lived in NJ my whole life and visited Charlotte in August b/c my husband's company wanted to move us there.

We ended up turning down the move; not so much because we didn't like Charlotte - but just because it is so different from NJ. So if you are an NC native just be prepared for a little bit of a different "culture" here and a different look.

I love NJ b/c of our access to great health care, two great cities, beaches, skiing, universities, endless things to do that can't compare to anywhere in NC. And when I say "access" I mean within an hour to all of these things if you are in/near Central NJ. It was funny when people said Charlotte is near the beach and in reality its 3 hours away!! In NJ, the beach is an hour or less away for most of us.

The other thing is the culture. We went to a minor league baseball game in Charlotte and were devastated to hear a group of young men heckling a player with a Hispanic name on his shirt. It was all racial slurs and insults that I'd never experienced in my life!!! AND it recurred the last few innings with no intervention by Security. If my husband's boss was not sitting next to me I would have grabbed my shocked kids and walked out!!!! You will not see that here in NJ. We are a VERY diverse state.
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Old 02-06-2015, 01:31 PM
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That is great insight. Recently a friend of mine planned a trip to NJ planning to relocate from Charlotte. He is native of NC. He has received a job offer with a choice to either work in Manhattan, NY (probably will end up staying in NJ & travel to NY) OR Buffalo, NY. Moving with wife, 5 year old daughter & another expected.

Still deciding between the 2 places ?
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:12 PM
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Check out Manalapan. Lots of people that live here commute to NYC for work.
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