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Old 03-31-2015, 10:58 AM
 
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One thing I've noticed about the Atlanta area, some counties like DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Cobb are completely suburban. Same thing up in Virginia with counties like Fairfax closer to DC. Do you believe any NC counties will turn out like this? And I'm not talking about counties with the actual major cities like Wake and Mecklenburg because those are already mostly suburban, same story with Fulton County over in Georgia. I'm talking about counties that are a little more rural, but are gradually becoming more suburban. Any opinions?
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:26 PM
 
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Cabarrus County is pretty much all suburban to Charlotte now except the extreme northeastern part.

That's about the only one I can think of as most of the other counties surrounding the metros are only about half developed and half totally rural.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:30 PM
 
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Cabarrus County is pretty much all suburban to Charlotte now except the extreme northeastern part.

That's about the only one I can think of as most of the other counties surrounding the metros are only about half developed and half totally rural.
I thought of Gaston but it won't fit because Gastonia is distinctly urban. The rest is suburban or rural & will eventually all be suburban, but Gastonia will get more urban, not less.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:31 PM
 
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How about Union County? I've heard this is where all the wealthy suburbs are, but that might not be the case east of Monroe.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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Union, Lincoln, Johnston, Chatham? They have so much rural land that its hard to imagine.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:34 PM
 
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How about Union County? I've heard this is where all the wealthy suburbs are, but that might not be the case east of Monroe.
East of Monroe it's extremely rural. I don't see that part of the county changing much in the next 20-30 years. It's a large area of land too. The western part is all suburban to Charlotte though.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:37 PM
 
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You don't see suburbs in Chatham west of Jordan Lake, with the possible exception of a few closer to Chapel Hill. For being so close to the Triangle, Chatham is actually quite rural. Pittsboro is puny, and if transplants ever start moving to towns like Siler City, I'm moving out of North Carolina.

Johnston is a little suburban around Clayton, but that's (probably) about it. People are still shocked around Raleigh that Clayton isn't the "redneck town" it used to be.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:38 PM
 
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East of Monroe it's extremely rural. I don't see that part of the county changing much in the next 20-30 years. It's a large area of land too. The western part is all suburban to Charlotte though.
Oh, okay. Yeah, that's kind of what I thought. Anson County is extremely rural, too. However, that's getting away from Charlotte.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:42 PM
 
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Union, Lincoln, Johnston, Chatham? They have so much rural land that its hard to imagine.
If Hickory takes off that could be a game changer for Lincoln & Cleveland. Northern Cleveland is closer to Hickory than Gastonia, much less Charlotte. Northern Lincoln is very close to Hickory.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:44 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, are the areas in SC between Charlotte and Columbia pretty rural?
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