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Old 05-20-2014, 02:40 AM
 
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I have seen a lot of threads that give input of these two locations. Most of these threads are out dated and reference things that may no longer be relevant. I'm a single, 26y/o bachelor searching for a change of scenery from Baltimore. I work in IT so I know about RTP and the job opportunities that are and will be available. Besides employment, I'm trying to decide which area would be better for quality of life. I'm a musician so I enjoy the live music venues, poetry cafe/open mic night atmosphere. While quality women shouldn't be scarce [hopefully ], my question is more directed at things to do, night life [no clubs], singles atmosphere, etc. Within the next two years I'll be interested in purchasing a house but initially I'll rent so that's another consideration. Time frame for the move will be next June.

Raleigh or Durham or somewhere around or in between?
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Durm
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I feel like you could be pretty happy with either, as close to downtown as you can get. So that's not all that helpful, really. You'd probably love Motorco in Downtown Durham (which is across the street from the terrific Fullsteam brewery) and downtown Raleigh has a lot going on. Since you have some time, maybe try and spend a weekend in both. I have a feeling it'll come down to whichever is closer to work. Plenty of young singles in both, and the Meetup groups are really active here too.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I have seen a lot of threads that give input of these two locations. Most of these threads are out dated and reference things that may no longer be relevant. I'm a single, 26y/o bachelor searching for a change of scenery from Baltimore. I work in IT so I know about RTP and the job opportunities that are and will be available. Besides employment, I'm trying to decide which area would be better for quality of life. I'm a musician so I enjoy the live music venues, poetry cafe/open mic night atmosphere. While quality women shouldn't be scarce [hopefully ], my question is more directed at things to do, night life [no clubs], singles atmosphere, etc. Within the next two years I'll be interested in purchasing a house but initially I'll rent so that's another consideration. Time frame for the move will be next June.

Raleigh or Durham or somewhere around or in between?
Raleigh or Durham? Yes, almost certainly one of these two. In-between? Only if you want to be in the 'burbs. Cary/Morrisville/Brier Creek are the suburbs. Both Raleigh and Durham have lots of urban amenities and interesting things to do.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:42 AM
 
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I'm going to vote for Durham for you. Not only does it provide all that Durham has to offer, it puts you closer to Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well, so that you can take advantage of what those towns have to offer.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'd say Durham as well, but note that Chapel Hill is full of music venues and clubs and college students. Socially, that might be a good fit for you.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:48 AM
 
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Another vote for Durham! I think the idea of being closer to Chapel Hill is a good one. I live in Raleigh, and I NEVER go to CH - I just feel like it takes an eternity to get there. However, being in-between both is a good idea.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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I think Raleigh or Durham (close to downtown) would be the best bet. As others have indicated I may favor Durham slightly based on the specifics you shared. Both are definitely worth investigating. Good luck!
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you lived in Durham, you'd be closer to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro music scene in addition to what's in Durham. Cat's Cradle in Carrboro is a long-known spot for local music; Pinhook in Durham seems to be one of the hot places right now.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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I have seen a lot of threads that give input of these two locations. Most of these threads are out dated and reference things that may no longer be relevant. I'm a single, 26y/o bachelor searching for a change of scenery from Baltimore. I work in IT so I know about RTP and the job opportunities that are and will be available. Besides employment, I'm trying to decide which area would be better for quality of life. I'm a musician so I enjoy the live music venues, poetry cafe/open mic night atmosphere. While quality women shouldn't be scarce [hopefully ], my question is more directed at things to do, night life [no clubs], singles atmosphere, etc. Within the next two years I'll be interested in purchasing a house but initially I'll rent so that's another consideration. Time frame for the move will be next June.

Raleigh or Durham or somewhere around or in between?
What aspects of Baltimore are you trying to escape? If it's crime, there are certain areas of Durham that remind me a lot of Baltimore (and I lived there for about 3 years). Raleigh has a much more suburban feel to the entire area. Based on what your priorities are, I would probably also take a look at Austin, TX.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:39 PM
 
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Durham/Chapel Hill (Carrboro) is more hipster, whereas Raleigh is more professional it seems to me. But everywhere has a nice mix.
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