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Old 01-14-2007, 01:33 AM
 
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Hi everyone! I'm originally from from NC, however, I've lived in Jacksonville, Florida for the past twelve years. Due to the horrible crime rate, I have made the decision to return to my home state. I'm pretty much sold on Raleigh, but because I have a degree in business administration, I'm beginning to think that maybe Charlotte would be the better choice, as everyone keeps telling me that Raleigh is for health and government jobs only.

I would sincerely appreciate feedback - good and bad. THANKS!
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Old 01-14-2007, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm sure there must be statistics on the job opportunities.

USED to be that Charlotte was more banking jobs and Raleigh had more IT jobs but I'm not sure how that equates now.

I just had two clients move from Charlotte to Raleigh, due to job transfers.

We are finding that the housing in Raleigh is a bit higher. THEIR OPINION is that Charlotte is about 10 years ahead of Raleigh in the downtown revitalization area.

Again, the opinion that counts is yours. Check out Raleigh and check out Charlotte.

Vicki
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:31 PM
 
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LOL...You're right, Vicky, there are statistics, however, I like to hear from others who are out and about - if you know what I mean.

I've visted both Charlotte and Raleigh, and find myself more drawn to Raleigh, especially since I'd like to pursue a higher degree. But the cheaper housing and banking outlook says Charlotte may be the better choice - although UNC-Charlotte appears to be the only good school there.

Ugh...decisions, decisions.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Also, hands down the Crime rate in Charlotte is much higher than in Raleigh. I thought of buying a home there or relocating just to try a new city. But every time I brought it up friends or family who knew people there or lived there kept telling me about the crime. And I'm afraid them and the recent crime stats are telling the truth. Admittedly thought there downtown is much much more polished and "Big City" like.
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:13 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine/Jax, FL
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Hey carolinagirl...

My husband and I are in Jax too...looking to get out also. The crime here is really starting to get to me lately. We are also looking at Raleigh and Charlotte...right now leaning more towards Raleigh. I dont want the big city crime issues again, we really need a more small town feel. My husband will be up there in a month or two for a week for work and I am having him scope out some areas while he is there.

Good luck in your search and decision!
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:03 PM
 
Location: FL
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Hey carolinagirl...

My husband and I are in Jax too...looking to get out also. The crime here is really starting to get to me lately. We are also looking at Raleigh and Charlotte...right now leaning more towards Raleigh. I dont want the big city crime issues again, we really need a more small town feel. My husband will be up there in a month or two for a week for work and I am having him scope out some areas while he is there.

Good luck in your search and decision!
Well, this is just to answer the OPs original question, I'm from Jax and I love the Jax area and the lifestyle. But then again I love the Florida lifestyle so it may not be for everyone. No matter where you live there will always be crime. I'll be the first one to admit that the last couple of months has seen a dramatic rise in crimes in Jacksonville. I've spent the last two years living in Phoenix and it's the same thing there but Phoenix is still a wonderful city. I just moved to Durham and if you're looking for a small town feel, Raliegh-Durham has it even though it is a decent sized metro area but there is still crime here.

It's a bit different than what I'm used to but it's an okay change of pace.
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