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Old 04-08-2007, 10:08 PM
 
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Hi everybody,
Well, I've been leaning towards Charlotte more already, and I have asked about the area a bit in the forums, but I was wondering if someone could compare/contrast for me the differences between Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and Charlotte metro areas?

Where is there better shopping, cost of living, and public or private education?
Are there any climate differences?
What are the main differences between Durham, Raleigh, and Charlotte overall? For example- some cities are more known for being white collar, blue collar, cultural, boring, liberal, conservative, safe, dangereous an etc. Basically defining images like that, or any other differences or similarities you may be able to think of. I'm just trying to decide what is right for us.

Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2007, 05:23 AM
 
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Well I just moved from the Cary/Apex area to the Union County (Charlotte) area. What I have noticed so far:

In Raleigh things are more expensive. You will pay more for real estate, food, and cost of living. Raleigh tends to be cleaner, and people are more educated. Less traffic congestion. Shopping is ok. Not much to do as far as attractions, etc, although they do have a lot of nice parks. The public schooling situation is the biggest drawback IMHO. WCPSS has been having "growing pains" for years, and hasn't done a good job of handling growth.

Charlotte OTOH is more congested. Less "highly educated" people (although that will change as more people move to the area). Cost of living is lower, real estate is cheaper, and in Union County at least the schools are very good. There is more crime here. But there are also more family attractions (Carowinds, etc) and it is close to the mountains which is a huge plus for us. Excellent shopping here.

Not sure if this helps, but that's what I've noticed so far They each have their pros and cons.
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis Indiana
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Weather? Raleigh is hotter in the summer and colder in the winter.
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Old 04-09-2007, 08:02 AM
 
Location: between here and there
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Less "highly educated" people (although that will change as more people move to the area).

So you're saying transplants are more educated than natives? That's a broad brush IMO.....
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Old 04-09-2007, 08:20 AM
 
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Less "highly educated" people (although that will change as more people move to the area).

So you're saying transplants are more educated than natives? That's a broad brush IMO.....
I wasn't trying to imply that directly, no. I watched the Cary area grow in the 9 years I lived there and I saw that kind of growth (more educated people who came from other parts of the country). Most places that start out as "small towns" like Cary and Apex do are definitely not the most highly educated. Once they start throwing up suburbs, etc, all the college educated folk move from the cities to the smaller towns. I definitely see that happening in Union County as well.

It wasn't meant to be an insult. Education level does not always correspond with intelligence level
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:12 AM
 
Location: between here and there
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It wasn't meant to be an insult. Education level does not always correspond with intelligence level


That's for sure.....and I only pointed out your ratio of "transplants to education level" comment because the south seems a bit surly already with all deem Yankees movin' in....inferring the area will get "more smarts" as a result may not sit too well on a belly full of grits and molasses...lol
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:41 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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stats by city data
For population 25 years and over in Charlotte
  • High school or higher: 84.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 36.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.5%
  • Unemployed: 5.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 25.1 minutes
For population 25 years and over in Raleigh
  • High school or higher: 88.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 44.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.4%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 22.0 minutes
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Old 04-09-2007, 07:58 PM
 
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I don't think the education comment is out of line if you compare the colleges in and around the two cities.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, home of the NY/NJ refugees
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Well, the truth is that the Raleigh area has one of the highest concentrations of PhDs in the nation.

However, as a Charlotte gal who is educated and professional, this whole subject could get sticky! :-) Charlotte's population is twice that of Raleigh, and that alone is going to skew the numbers.

Charlotte is a major American city in terms of population (larger than Denver and other cities!)....Raleigh is much smaller and that limits your access to certain activities.

I think both cities are wonderful. If I was married and having children and yearning for a slightly different pace while still having some city amenities, I might opt for Raleigh. As a young professional, I am staying put in Charlotte for now for the more active social, dining and arts scene.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:37 AM
 
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Good thread. Wondering how much has changed?

Charlotte's arts and cultural scene is quite lively. There are many places of natural beauty in and around the city, too. However, traffic can certainly be an issue and Charlotte is not an easy place to get around on public transport, as many of us might prefer. Might Raleigh or Durham be better in this respect?

The mix of people in Charlotte must have changed since 2007 but the overall picture may still be about the same (?). Personally, I enjoy diversity of all kinds. Raleigh's population could be quite homogeneous? How about Durham?

Cost of living?

Interested to hear your thoughts. I realize some broad generalizations will be necessary.
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