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Not a good place to live. - 7/2/2006
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Chris
Fayetteville, NC

I recently moved to Fayetteville for a job thinking I could deal with living in a military town - I was wrong. And if you are a single male, you probably do not want to move here either. To my surprise there isn't too much to do when compared to Akron, Ohio. You may find a few movie theaters or bars here and there, but nothing special. There are a lot of chain restaurants and a pretty large shopping area for the size of the city. There seems to be a lack of culture and a bit of tension in this town. I always feel the need to travel out of the city to meet the people I want to meet or do the things I do. The next closest cities are Raleigh, which is about 70 miles, and Wilmington which is about 100 miles. The crime rate seems to be pretty high for the size of the city and driving in this town is pretty dangerous and confusing near Fort Bragg. I would never settle down or raise my kids in this town because there are a lot of gangs and druggies. And if you must live here do research and make sure you live in a safe neighborhood because there aren't too many in this town.

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veronique
Fayetteville, NC

It Is A Concern - 10/21/2014

I live in Fayetteville and have been here for about 18 months due to being stationed at Fort Bragg. I did not want to live on post so I ended up right outside of the Reilly Rd gate. I live in a quiet residential area with access to lots of businesses and restaurants just minutes away. Although my street is quiet, I must admit that the crime rate here is very high. There has not been one week that has gone by where I have not seen the news announce a violent crime that occurred. What is worst is it has been at least three occasions where my teen-aged sons have recognized either the victims of the suspects. Even though my boys weren't close friends with any of them it is still very scary to me that even a acquaintance or a friend of a friend could so easily fall victim to or commit violent crimes right here where I live. I find great concern with this I guess it's just too close to home. I will be moving very soon and I am now looking for a nice laid back area where it is safe for children over and also enjoy my surroundings. Any Suggestions are welcomed!

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Lorrie
Raeford, NC

God Bless Our Troops - 7/30/2013

Fayetteville is a transient location. Given it's proximity to Ft. Bragg the roads and the restaurants for that matter are full of young people. Put a 19 year old, likely out on their own for the 1st time, with a new job,a regular paycheck and it naturally follows he's going to buy a new car. Young drivers and visiting drivers just don't mix good with seasoned residents, over the city's traffic issues or with immature driving skills. Fayetteville and surrounding areas could've been "planned" a lot better but pick your battles. Avoid making doctor appointments during rush hour, for instance. Eat out on a week night and wisely spare yourself that predictable weekend parade of hotheads, growing families and longer wait times. Lastly, remember our troops get paid on the 1st & 15th each month... so organize your garage sale accordingly!

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Michael
Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville has major issues (including a bickeri - 12/10/2012

At this time, I don’t think I would recommend Fayetteville as a “good place to live”. They need to work on a myriad of issues and wheels turn slower than pond water. I moved down here from DC and traffic is horrendous. DC may be a snarled mess but at least it is organized. Bad drivers and lousy traffic enforcement have only augmented the problem. I've lived in many places from Maine to California and drivers in Fayetteville are the worst. I've had two people hit my truck in the last 2 years and 3 people hit my 16 ft. trailer while in tow (all in the sake of being in a hurry) in the last year. I'm a home owner in Fayetteville and have been for 4 years. My neighborhood was recently annexed. More revenue for the city, but I have yet to see the benefits for my neighbors and I (other than the city sewer which I had to pay $5k to hook up to anyway – I wouldn’t call that a huge favor by any means). Infrastructure is easily an "F". New sidewalks and re-surfacing of roads do not count as a major overhaul and improvement of city infrastructure. The city seems to have this misconception that all the big box stores and major venues need to be parked on one main drag. Essentially, a huge city population is packed into a small city. Fayetteville is woefully behind. Scooping up neighborhoods in huge annexing swaths is not solving any problems besides giving the city more money to spend on…….? I don’t even know …………well, definitely not school systems, roads, and other infrastructure. Time Warner is the only cable company in Fayetteville (North Carolina allows this monopoly to occur) and provides the very least in customer service with degrading infrastructure and increasing costs. The school system is “come and go” and it really depends on where you live. The kids, for the most part, are terrible and disrespectful (I'll lay blame on the parents). Schools have no enforcement of grades (I’ll lay the blame on the federal government with this No Child Left Behind junk) and no accountability of students during after-hours tutoring and other events. Kids have foul mouths at the mall and other establishments. I’m certain that my 8 year old has the entire cuss-word vocabulary down. Older kids blast PA systems while driving since they believe that everyone wants to hear a rapper rapping about drugs, money, and sex while unleashing a tirade of “N” words and “F” words. City services could use improvement (I've never lived in a city that says they will be in your neighborhood to pick up leaves in February.......leaves in the street for 4 months! Give me a break. Sure, if they don’t all blow down the street by then). City parks and recreation is less than desirable (worst I’ve ever experienced). The city is talking about investing a large sum of money in the city’s parks and recreation – if the city council can stop bickering like a bunch of kids about whether it should go forward or not. Property taxes are fair, but I’m not sure what overseas account the money goes into since it’s not spent improving infrastructure in the city. (Like I’ve said, a new monument, small bridge, a useless downtown parking garage, sidewalks, and road resurfacing is about all I’ve seen). Bottom line is; Ft. Bragg has completely over grown Fayetteville and there is little that the city is doing to keep up. The 295 by-pass is currently in the works but the majority of money for that project has been appropriated from federal and state funding. Fayetteville just completed a multi-million dollar memorial park, which is nice; but I don’t think they have their priorities straight. I’m looking at jumping ship, hopefully, within the next year. I’d like to just hang my hat here since I’m about to retire from the military. But, I’m not sure I want to jeopardize my children’s futures by hanging around in Fayetteville unless they really start fixing things and getting their collective act together. This is also the first state that I’ve lived in that charges a road usage tax RUT. Title, tags and RUT is what you pay. $1500-1800 property taxes aren’t enough I guess. My motorcycle alone was $120 or so for the RUT. I guess motorcycles have the foot print of a truck or something. I’ve been trying to figure out all this junk with the money and it would seem that we (in Fayetteville) are paying for improvements elsewhere (like Raleigh).

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Michael
Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville probably needs a new city council - 12/10/2012

I don't think I would recommend Fayetteville as a good place to live at this time. I moved down here from DC and traffic is horrendous. DC may be a snarled mess. But at least it is organized. Bad drivers and lousy traffic enforcement have only augmented the problem. I've lived in many places from Maine to California and drivers in Fayetteville are the worst. I've had two people hit my truck in the last 2 years and 3 people hit my (well lit) 16 ft trailer, while in tow (all in the sake of being in a hurry) in the last year. I'm a home owner in Fayetteville and have been for 4 years. My neighborhood was recently annexed. More revenue for the city, but I have yet to see the benefits for my neighbors and I (other than the city sewer which I had to pay $5k to hook up to anyway – I wouldn’t call that a huge favor by any means). Infrastructure is easily an "F". New sidewalks and re-surfacing of roads do not count as a major overhaul and improvement of city infrastructure. The city seems to have this misconception that all the big box stores and major venues need to be parked on one main drag of street. Essentially, a huge city population is packed into a small city. Fayetteville is woefully behind. Scooping up neighborhoods in huge annexing swaths is not solving any problems besides giving the city more money to spend on…….? I don’t even know …………well, definitely not school systems, roads, and other infrastructure. Time Warner is the only cable company in Fayetteville (North Carolina allows this monopoly to occur) and provides the very least in customer service with degrading infrastructure and increasing costs. The school system is “come and go” and it really depends on where you live. The kids, for the most part, are terrible and disrespectful (I'll lay blame on the parents). Schools have no enforcement of grades (I’ll lay the blame on the federal government with this No Child Left Behind junk) and no accountability of students during after-hours tutoring and other events. Kids have foul mouths at the mall and other establishments. I’m certain that my 8 year old has the entire cuss-word vocabulary down. Older kids blast PA systems while driving since they believe that everyone wants to hear a rapper rapping about drugs, money, and sex while unleashing a tirade of “N” words and “F” words. City services could use improvement (I've never lived in a city that says they will be in your neighborhood to pick up leaves in February.......leaves in the street for 4 months! Give me a break. Sure, if they don’t all blow down the street by then). City parks and recreation is less than desirable (worst I’ve ever experienced). The city is talking about investing a large sum of money in the city’s parks and recreation – if the city council can stop bickering like a bunch of kids about whether it should go forward or not. Property taxes are fair, but I’m not sure what overseas account the money goes into since it’s not spent improving infrastructure in the city. Bottom line is; Ft. Bragg has completely over grown Fayetteville and there is little that the city is doing to keep up. The 295 by-pass is currently in the works but the majority of money for that project has been appropriated from federal and state funding. Fayetteville just completed a multi-million dollar memorial park, which is nice; but I don’t think they have their priorities straight. They also spent billions on downtown, which is nice once again, but not in line with the best interests of the tax payers. I’m looking at jumping ship, hopefully, within the next year. I’d like to just hang my hat here since I’m about to retire from the military. But, I’m not sure I want to jeopardize my children’s futures by hanging around in Fayetteville. And for those that don't agree with me - you can keep kidding yourselves all you want.

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Sheila
Marrero, LA

Reply - 11/28/2012

You need to stop with all of your anger boiling over, get a grip. Instead of complaining so much, put forth more effort to learn how to read the fine print from the cable and phone companies and any time you sign a contract. Learn how to spell, please. It is people like you that give the south a bad rap. And most of all pay your mortgage payments on time and you would not be losing your home, Oh also, try living within your means rather than buying more house than you can possibly afford to pay for. I have friends that live in NC and it is a beautiful state with a lot of diversity and am giving consideration to moving into the area myself. From the sounds of it you would complain not matter WHERE you live. Everyone has ups and downs in this life, get used to it. Look for the good in people, I am quite sure the people in that area are quite hospitable and friendly. Sperling is a good tool for getting information about different areas. Please do not use it as a forum for venting your anger.

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kelly
Fort Bragg, NC

It depends on what your looking for - 12/12/2011

We have watched Fayetteville grow by leaps and bounds in the 7 years we have been here. Due to the majority of the city being military the economy booms and will continue to do so because the military base here is a large major one.

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Anita
Silverdale, WA

So many schools and no where to live - 6/9/2011

I am determined to get my son into a great elementary school in the Fort Bragg/Fayetteville area! Although I have never been there and have been warned about moving to certain areas, I need to stay positive! I would love to find him a great school and find a place to live near there but I am very nervous about getting there and seeing the house I saw online look completely different face to face. I am going to stay positive regardless of all the negatives I hear about Fayetteville and living on Fort Bragg. Anyone have any suggestions for me?

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harry
Hope Mills, NC

jobs and quality of life - 9/20/2010

This place sucks with a capitol S! First off, the job base is literally saturated with as many as twenty people a day looking for the same job with the same qualifacations. Most jobs stay open for three weeks. That computes to an average of 300 people per job in this place! This level of saturation also explains the extrodianarily low wages here in Fayettnom, as the locals know it. The saturation point also leads into a whole range of negatives. Since there are so many people looking for work here, there is a total disregard for facts among employers as they relate to any claims made against an employee. Hense they fire here people for broad completely non substantiated claims on a regular basis. There are absolutly NO CHECKS & BALLENCES here in which one can demand a mediation of hard facts. This even applies to the school system where the rights of children are abused under the same repressive situation as the employees. I would be glad to give specific examples if one dares to ask. And all of this assuems that one can even find jobs here to begin with, since the point of saturation is so high in this place, concidering that the local employment security commission and the local job base in general consistently descriminates in favor the military personell and the ex military personell. Businesses offer terrible service here due to the high number of transients about. THERE IS NO CUSTOMER SERVIce HERE! The entire system scams the people here. The cable companies lie and get you in on their contracts at one price and then tripple up on their charges two payments later. The phone companies are guilty of the same crime of extortion here. The mortgadge companies hold your check payments until they are late, then attempt to extort late charges and extra fees from you. If you refuse to pay then, as in all of the above cases, they just stick all of this into you credit file since there is no check here to keep them from doing so! Many people are losing their homes in foreclosure because of this activity, and there is NOTHING THAT THE PEOPLE CAN DO ABOUT IT! The Police constantly stop people at random, then just issue tickets for traffic offenses even though they are innocent and the courts here completely supports them. Fayettevile NC has some of the highest taxes in the entire state of NC and has the least to offer in terms of services rendered. Think that you can just take all of this to court? Just try too and many many have already. You will not even be able to find a lawyer to take this repressive system on, especially when it comes to labor laws. For God's Sake and your own, don't ever make the mistake of moving to this place. I wonder if the Mofiosa has not taken this government over here.

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SureHope
Fayetteville, NC

cost of living - 5/18/2010

cost of living is quite a bit lower than other areas I have lived, such as Maryland and Dallas, TX

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jeremy
Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville is dirty. - 5/18/2010

I am from California and I am sure anyone from there can attest to what I'm about to throw down on to the table. Fayetteville is not an ideal place to live. There are to many ignorant people. I swear the drivers are the worst in the world. I swear there is atleast one accident a day on Ramsey st. and when it rains there are atleast two a day. Bragg Blvd gives fayetteville a bad name as well. All of the street hookers, strip clubs, drugs, filthy businesses and worn and torn streets and homes everywhere. Then there is Walmart. Any Walmart you go to your pretty much signing a waiver stating that you could get shot, stabbed, robbed, raped, etc. My first month here I happened to witness a shooting outside of Dicks sporting goods. Even a place that may seem nice in Fayetteville can make you think otherwise. Like going to Mazerick Park and then finding a used needle. Fayetteville does have some good points though, like the Dogwood Festival, Cape Fear river trail, Botanicle Gardens, and now were even starting to see more venues in the Crown Colliseum. But the way I look at Fayetteville is that there are way to many bad points here than good.

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Bp
Fayetteville, NC

Great Place to Live! - 2/9/2010

My husband is a youth minister and accepted a position at a church in Fayetteville in August 2007. We packed up our family and moved to a city we knew nothing about. In the time that we have lived here, I have gained a much greater respect for the military families (our church is 50% military). The downtown area of Fayetteville is beautiful! People that move to this area need to keep in mind that Fayetteville is not a major metropolotin area, therefore, there are not numerous interstates (I-95 runs through Fayetteville), nor a large international airport. It is a mid-size southern city. It seems that most complaints that I run across about Fayetteville is the high crime (there is crime everywhere, even in the small town that I'm from) and that there is "nothing to do". If you do your research there are PLENTY of things to do. For young children there are numerous parks and a wonderful children's museum. Fourth Fridays are a wonderful time to visit the downtown area. There are numerous festivals throughout the year and plenty of shopping. For the average person, there is not really a reason to leave the Fayetteville area for shopping needs (unless you are looking for more "high-class" type stores, I myself can't afford those anyway). The schools are not unlike any schools you will find around the south. There are some excellent teachers in the schools, but sometimes not the most supportive parents. Education does not just happen in the schools, but the most important education takes place within the home setting. I love that the beach is a short drive away, and my family and I take great advantage of that during the summer months :) If you are moving to the Fayetteville area, please don't pass judgement based on negative comments that you read. You have to make the best out of where you are. Any city has it's ups and downs...you have to be the one to make it great for you and your family!

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Tonya
Middleburg, FL

INFO - 12/22/2009

About to move there.

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Dane
Fayetteville, NC

Quality of life in Fayetteville, North Carolina. - 5/5/2009

Extremely Poor

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Phyllis
Fayetteville, NC

You Choose "Quality" - 4/17/2009

As a long time military spouse I have lived in a number of places and the most important thing I have found is that every place has its good, bad and ugly. What makes the difference in your perception of a place is your own attitude. Do you really get involved, seek opportunities, look into all a community has to offer. I hear people speak poorly of Fayetteville, NC and I think, but did they really look into all that the community has to offer. 42 parks, it's own symphony orchestra, tremendous festivals with headliner groups, a community concert series, arena football, the Fire Antz, the Cape Fear River trail and most importantly, warm and caring people. Wherever you are look deeper and if in Fayetteville, NC, enjoy, enjoy.

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Kimberly
Fayetteville, NC

absolutely wretched - 9/26/2008

Fayetteville is definately a horrible disaster of a city. The streets are arranged in a horribly disorganized manner, the majority of the buildings are hideous, and the people are the most trashy and classless group of beings I've had the misfortune to live amongst. Truly, unless one must move to the area by force (i.e. being stationed at Fort Bragg), it would be extremely unwise to move to this city. The only redeeming qualities are the Airborne Museum and the Methodist College. It has a downtown area and a mall, but both are crime-ridden and unasthetically pleasing.

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Jeff
Independence, MO

Fayettenam - 8/16/2008

Fayetteville is not a bad town it is just not really good. Much has been done to clean up the drugs and prostituion that had been so rampant in the past. It is just not very friendly and there are so many better places to live and work nearby. The best thing it has is Ft. Bragg. Jeff

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richard
Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville - 6/13/2008

Fayeeteville is a good place to reside, there is a deverse amount of people. This is also a military town, Fort Bragg. Driving can be a challenge at times, some think you can drive faster in wet or icy conditions.

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redeye
Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville: History, Heroes, and that Hometown - 6/13/2008

If you can look past the pockets of crime and the childishly rude drivers, Fayetteville is a great place to live.

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Chris
Fayetteville, NC

Things could be a little better... - 6/8/2008

When you hear on the news "highlights" that the town you're living in is literally the third worst place to raise a family, it makes you wonder why you yourself are here. There are many things that can be changed here. Instead of changing the way it "looks", change the way it is.

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Rob
Hope Mills, NC

Nice City - 10/12/2007

Fayetteville is nice. The weather is mild compared to the rest of the south and there is plenty of shopping and friendly folks. Schools aren't great in Fayetteville, but if you live in Hope Mills (suburb of Fayetteville) the schools are excellent. There are a lot of taxes in North Carolina and it seems at times they are nicle and diming you to death. Otherwise, I like it here.

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