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Old 05-03-2012, 10:07 AM
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North Carolina: Charlotte vs Raleigh? Pros/cons?

I currently reside in Massachusetts. I'm a single female in my 40's and I just completed my Master's degree. My rent here is high. I have a car payment and insurance along with other bills. I also can't seem to find a job here so I'm thinking about heading to North Carolina because I have family that recently moved there. So, I'm looking for concrete information on both areas. I'm looking for employment in the non-profit sector or something in the educational field. I've done a lot of work in shelters and at a college assisting first generation, low-income, continuing-ed students, etc.. I would like to settle in an area that offers plays, museums/art, cultural activities, farmer's markets, hiking trails, etc. In essence, I am looking for a place that has a lot to do. I was hoping to rent a one bedroom apartment or house that won't cost me $1,000 plus. I'm also concerned about safety and looking for a place that has some cultural diversity. Any info about the weather would also be appreciated (like New England - not - humidity levels, etc.) Thanks!

Last edited by jchan; 05-03-2012 at 10:23 AM.. Reason: Forgot to mention weather conditions.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:45 PM
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First you should use the search function to find prior threads discussing Charlotte and Raleigh. There are lots of them. Bottom line...both are great areas, and the differences are really not enough to argue about. You'll find plenty to do in both places. Both have great areas and some not-as-great areas. Weather is temperate. We get lots of heat and humidity in summer, a taste of really cold weather in winter, and lots of very pleasant days in between.

I'd think your job prospects might be slightly better in the Raleigh area, given the state government presence and the many colleges and universities in the Triangle area. But Charlotte is large enough that you might find something there. That said, the employment picture is not extremely rosy right now to say the least.

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:07 PM
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Thank you very much! Yes, your reply was very helpful and I will search the site!

All the best.
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