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Old 03-06-2014, 05:18 AM
 
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I need some guidance! I am 23 years old and looking at graduate in both Charlotte and Raleigh. I have yet to visit either city (will do so this summer) but was hoping to get some input on both, as I hear they are both wonderful. I like being in a clean environment and would prefer a city that isn't overly crowded. I'm originally from and I'm so over all the traffic overpopulation. I love going out to bars and being around friendly people! Ideally i would likes to be in a city that's considered fun, but offers opportunity after graduation. I would also like to be in a city where lots of 20-something's have migrated to so I can make friends easily. Any input would help! Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I moved to Raleigh in September, and I'm 26. Raleigh is clean, and not overcrowded, but trends towards folks a little bit older than us (more young families) IMO. There is a decent bar scene, I've seen better and I've seen worse, people are nice. I can't speak for Charlotte.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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I'm not sure why Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Wilmington, and Asheville aren't on your list as well (based on the OP).
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I love going out to bars and being around friendly people! Ideally i would likes to be in a city that's considered fun, but offers opportunity after graduation. I would also like to be in a city where lots of 20-something's have migrated to so I can make friends easily. Any input would help! Thanks!
^^^Several cities in this region fits what it is you're looking for. Anything from Charleston to Atlanta seems like a fit for you. What is it about NC (specifically Charlotte and Raleigh) that has caught your attention? What type of neighborhoods do you like; urban or suburban? What's your price range? Is mass transit coverage a factor? Shopping, museums, theme parks, college sports, pro sports? I guess what I'm saying is that your OP really doesn't offer enough info about what you want from a possible new home town.

The only real hint you gave was that you don't wish to be in an overcrowded city any longer. Are we talking NYC/DC/Philly overcrowded or are we talking Cleveland/Columbus/Cincinnati overcrowded? If it's the latter, you should probably think twice about your two choices (especially Charlotte).

When it comes to the Charlotte vs Raleigh question, it's really no different than a Raleigh vs Greensboro debate. In other words, the larger city of the two is going to have more entertainment options (and probably more retail options as well). So, it really comes down to what it is you want. If you're looking for the largest city in the state with the "highest concentration of things to do", then it's Charlotte hands down. If you're looking for "something else", then you need to be more specific in what it is you actually want. For all we know, you could be interested in a Charleston-like city. To be honest, Charleston is what came to mind when I first read your OP by the way.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I'm not sure why Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Wilmington, and Asheville aren't on your list as well (based on the OP).

^^^Several cities in this region fits what it is you're looking for. Anything from Charleston to Atlanta seems like a fit for you. What is it about NC (specifically Charlotte and Raleigh) that has caught your attention? What type of neighborhoods do you like; urban or suburban? What's your price range? Is mass transit coverage a factor? Shopping, museums, theme parks, college sports, pro sports? I guess what I'm saying is that your OP really doesn't offer enough info about what you want from a possible new home town.

The only real hint you gave was that you don't wish to be in an overcrowded city any longer. Are we talking NYC/DC/Philly overcrowded or are we talking Cleveland/Columbus/Cincinnati overcrowded? If it's the latter, you should probably think twice about your two choices (especially Charlotte).

When it comes to the Charlotte vs Raleigh question, it's really no different than a Raleigh vs Greensboro debate. In other words, the larger city of the two is going to have more entertainment options (and probably more retail options as well). So, it really comes down to what it is you want. If you're looking for the largest city in the state with the "highest concentration of things to do", then it's Charlotte hands down. If you're looking for "something else", then you need to be more specific in what it is you actually want. For all we know, you could be interested in a Charleston-like city. To be honest, Charleston is what came to mind when I first read your OP by the way.
I assumed that it had more to do with career opportunities; Charlotte and Raleigh provide those in spades over the other options you mentioned. I'm not saying there aren't opportunities in the places you mentioned, but generally one finds greater opportunity in larger markets.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:57 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Find the job, you'll be fine in either city. What will be most important is where you live in each city. If you put yourself on the far edge of each city or in the burbs, you will not likely be fulfilled.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Light Rail connects some outer edges that makes you still feel and will take you to all the action.

Besides University City, Charlotte, there is rarely anywhere in CLT that's affordable for the younger crowd, credit that's still maturing, etc. Unless you split rent which your still looking at least ~$700 in a place Cool enough worth splitting.

I'd only have a roommate to live in a skyscraper uptown if I were single.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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Did you say you are looking to go to grad school? If so, focus on getting into the best school / program for your field. That is primary, not the city.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Baja Virginia
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Did you say you are looking to go to grad school? If so, focus on getting into the best school / program for your field. That is primary, not the city.
That's an excellent point.

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I moved to Raleigh in September, and I'm 26. Raleigh is clean, and not overcrowded, but trends towards folks a little bit older than us (more young families) IMO.
Well, I'm an old guy, so maybe I'm misjudging ages, but it certainly looks like there are plenty of folks in their mid-20s out and about in Downtown Raleigh on rare the nights when I'm out.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:30 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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That's an excellent point.

Well, I'm an old guy, so maybe I'm misjudging ages, but it certainly looks like there are plenty of folks in their mid-20s out and about in Downtown Raleigh on rare the nights when I'm out.
This is true. DT is crawling with young people. It's about to get even more so when Citrix opens up its site in the Warehouse District. While DT rentals are higher in the newer projects, there are also many moderately priced locations that cater to the tens of thousands of university students who also live in the area.

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Old 03-06-2014, 09:41 PM
 
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If you put yourself on the far edge of each city or in the burbs, you will not likely be fulfilled.
Charlotte's Ayrsley area...


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Birkdale Village?
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Ballantyne area night life?
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Carowinds area?
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Whitewater center?
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Lake Norman?
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^^^All of these areas are outside of Charlotte's I-485 loop, and all are areas that many young adults love. That kinda stinks if your statements hold true for Raleigh's suburbs though....
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