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Below Average Quality of Life - 2/16/2012
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Thomas
Sanford, FL

My family and I moved here in 9/2010 with plans to stay here for a long time. I have a Bachelors degree in Finance and am still looking for a job in my field of study. Unfortunately, no bank or finance company has yet extended an offer. I've had few interviews and hard luck getting my foot in the door with an entry level position. We thought Raleigh was a beautiful city with plenty of opportunity. However, it's anything but that. The people are generally not that friendly and drive dangerously, for example. The taxes here are ridiculously high and we have to pay property tax on our vehicles, too. I work in a restaurant because no employer is willing to at least give me a job as a bank teller. There is definitely a lot of southern "home cooking" here. No one likes you unless you're from the South. I feel like the move to this city was a big mistake. We are thinking of moving to Asheville, but I don't think the grass is any greener there. Good luck finding success and fortune here. It's a disaster. Sorry!

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Brittany
Durham, NC

The Triangle region has a lot to offer, you just h - 9/11/2014

I've lived in the Raleigh -Durham area most of my life and I love it. There's plenty to do from sports and the arts, to great restaurants and outdoor activities. What's unique about our area is that everything is so close, yet you can still be far away from it all. Durham, Raleigh,and Chapel-Hill each have their own unique vibes, and hoping from one to the other to explore takes 25 mins tops. Now Durham is probably the 'grittier' of the three, but it's not nearly as bad as I've seen folks make it out to be.Everyone's perspective is different, but I was really shocked to read all the negative experiences people have had here. This area is not perfect, no city is, but Raleigh definitely has almost everything that you could want. Great place to raise kids, things to do, great job market, and a strong economy. Now yes, the entire Triangle area is changing. Downtown Raleigh and Downtown Durham are both transforming in major ways and people are moving here like crazy, but that just adds to the diversity. Like any city, your experience there is largely what you make it. Get out and experience all that the area has to offer :-) Now it can be a little hard to find out what's going on when and where but www.workinthetriangle.com has a lot of great info. It's great for insiders, but outsiders may find it useful too bc it provides a great overview of the area. I see a lot of people here looking for information on relocating, and I would say do your research, then come down and visit. This forum is great, but first hand experience is always best. A lot of my friends and family have recently moved to the area from NJ, NY, VA, and CA, and they love it.

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Ryan
Soldotna, AK

Moving to Raleigh from Alaska - 9/10/2014

Hello all. My family and I are originally from the Phoenix, AZ area. We have lived in Alaska for approx. 7 years. After 7 years we have come to the conclusion that we are not "Alaskan" type people. Here's what we don't like. Long, cold winters, Long, Hot summers (like Phx, we don't like really large crowded cities (like Phx) and we don't like "unclassy, rude, meth-heads (like Alaska). We love culture, history, sporting events, concerts, museums etc. After searching and searching it seems that Raleigh offers a lot of what we like. I've been there before and thought it was a nice city and the people seemed to be polite and nice. Problem that we have had in Phx and Alaska is making friends. In Phx it's so busy and crowded it's like no one talks to each other not even neighbors. No one seems to trust anyone there. In Alaska it's sort of the same, however, most people are on drugs or just low class (you know the type that throws there trash out front, wears their PJ's to the store, etc). Will finding these things there be a problem? Also..what are utilities like? Alaska is expensive. My monthly rent on a small 2 bedroom apt is 1000.00 a month. The electric (heat is not not included) is approx. 170.00 a month. Internet, phone is generally around 100-125.00 a month. We're looking at a home that is approx. 2000 sq' and newer. Can someone kinda let me know what utilities might cost in something like that? Also, how's the gas prices and grocery prices. Alaska gas right now for 87 is 4.19 a gallon and groceries are all expensive. Example apples can run anywhere from 1.75-5.00 per apple depending on what kind (red delicious is the 1.75, pink ladies are 5.00). Milk is generally 3.50-4.00 a gallon and walmart brand cheap loaf of bread is 1.78. Meats, produce and dairy are the most expensive. Thanks for any input. Oh one more thing.. How are the public high schools in the area? My daughters school here is a joke.

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Jeff
Raleigh, NC

No one is from Raleigh! - 9/4/2014

Been here since 1991. I am in the HVAC trade. I have been fortunate enough to visit all the states but Alaska. Three other continents and was born in Louisiana. So let's talk about Raleigh, Cary, Chapel hill and Durham. You will hear a lot negative about the area. The fact of the matter is I don't meet anyone from here. Everyone tends to be from north eastern states. There has been a huge amount of southern migration. Along with that is attitudes and mind sets follow. So the area is basically a melting lot of northerners. Unfortunately the southerners get a bad name cause god forbid any northerner bad mouth another northerner. Unless they are talking about how bad it was where the come from. So yes Raleigh is not the best place to move to. Taxes are going up because they are accepted because they are way lower than where the majority came from. We just got a toll road of our own. Traffic sux during rush hour cause no one knows any other way home but the one the learned the first week they moved here. Had the horn blown at me today because as I sat third car back at a light to turn right. The truck pulling a boat wouldn't pull out in traffic. The tags on the truck pulling the boat were from NC. But the sticker in his back glass said he loved NY. So I'm assuming the guy blowing his horn was from Raleigh. Would have to work that way. All I'm saying here, to clarify for everyone born north of Arkansas, is if you look for something to complain about you will find it. I get to see that we all want the same things live be happy raise our kids. I've learned that if you open the door and your accent indicates you have moved south. I get on the job at hand and fix your ac. Then we talk about the weather, your kids, how life is going. If you have southern drawl we talk about the weather, your kids how work is going and your life then I get to work and fix your ac. I find that rather funny. One group wants to get to know you before you work on their house and the other wants you to work on their house then they want to get to know you. But both groups ask the same things, have same hopes fears and desires. Well thats enough from me. All in all Raleigh is horribly great. Find what you want here. But it's still growing so you can make a living. You can take you kids to see the symphony Friday night, a pig pickin Saturday afternoon And drive 30 minutes and not understand what the locals are saying but they will let you help them weed their garden and and teach your daughters how to shoot a gun in case one of the sexual predators follows them home.

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Sebastian
Orlando, FL

looking to relocate from Orlando to Raleigh - 6/5/2014

Hello, all. My wife and I currently live in Orlando. FL and are looking to either move to Raleigh or Roanoke in 2-3 years. We visited Raleigh in Move member and absoloved the autumn scenery and what seemed to be a friendly town. We've never been to Roanoke but here it's a good place to find affordable living with four seasons and low crime, like Raleigh. Of course, the grass can be greener on the other side and wanted to get input from natives, especially those that might have a frame of reference to how it compares to Orlando and Roanoke. We want more info on cost of living and day to day life vs. Orlando or Roanoke. Orlando has plenty of things to do, housing isn't too expensive, and the jobs are picking up, but wages are crap and the endless humid summer gets reallllyy old. Traffic is almost as bad as Atlanta here, too. Thanks for any input!

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Nan
Camillus, NY

Raleigh has a very nice quality of life - 5/7/2014

Raleigh has a very nice quality of life, moderate weather, moderate politics and the natives are very friendly overall. Transplant friendly, of course, too. My one complaint is the job market--very tight--and I'm an experienced nurse. Most jobs are hospital--rotating shifts, insurance companies & home care (traveling 100 miles/day throughout the triangle). Most jobs want recent experience in their area of specialty, too. If you are more selective, you will have a difficult time of it. Competition is stiff. Cost of living isn't cheap here either. But, with those items in mind, very nice quality of life overall.

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Spatula El
Carrboro, NC

On the Political/Religious Atmosphere of Raleigh - 3/5/2014

Raleigh is not as left-leaning as Durham or Chapel Hill but it is still more progressive than the rest of the state. It is also a more politically-minded place than Charlotte, with twice the level of voter participation usually. There is actually not that much influence from religious evangelical groups here, on a local level. Typically the conservatives in Wake County tend to be more libertarian in their views. As a socialist, as an atheist, and as someone in a same-sex relationship, I've been very comfortable living in the Triangle. I don't know how people get the opinion that you have to 'belong to a church' to do anything here... I never have. And I don't actually know that many people that do. And I haven't been hurting for things to do. Wake County is the most secular county in NC and one of the most secular counties in the southeast. A quick check on ARDA confirms that the majority of people living in the city don't attend church or belong to any congregation (that doesn't mean they aren't privately religious, of course).

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Sarah
Angier, NC

Real Expectations of the Triangle - 2/22/2014

I've read a lot of negative comments on Raleigh and I've lived in the area for a couple of years now. I was born and raised as a young child in Louisiana, but went to high school and college in Northern Virginia, just outside of DC. Because of this mixture and the clients I serve in the triangle area I've been exposed to both sides of this North/South divide. So to cut to my biggest pieces of advice; 1) If you are looking for a Northern friendly "liberal" area, you are looking for Cary/Apex. We jokingly say Cary means "Containment Area Reserved for Yankees". 2) Know that you are moving to the south and while southerners are generally very nice and polite, you get what you give. Much of the rude behavior I've experienced or been told about has been in the city itself and (no offense) tends to come from people who have moved to the area rather than those who lived here for a while. Having lived in a true major metro area (DC) I will say there is no traffic and the cost of living is very low. In just about any city, the cost of housing is higher within the beltline and the manners of the people are lower. Raleigh is no different. Having been raised with southern manners and values but educated in a Northern City I can get along with pretty much everyone around here, but please acknowledge if you want to relocate here that you should make an effort to assimilate into the culture and not expect the culture to change to suit your comfort or preference.

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Labrador Retriever
Cary, NC

Thoughts on life in Raleigh, NC - 2/19/2014

Birdie, I too realized I made the biggest mistake of my life moving to Raleigh at the age of 40. I've traveled extensively, both domestic and internationally, so I'm not comparing Raleigh to other cities without some knowledge of where else you can live, granted regardless of cost. Unfortunately my wife doesn't want to leave Raleigh, and with the real estate bubble (outside of Raleigh) I'm stuck here for now. Why am I frustrated living in Raleigh? 1) Weather - The weather is terrible. Summer - four months of the year the temperature never drops below 90F, many days it is 100F with very high humidity. Walk outside and you are sweating in minutes. It is hilarious to see people drive convertibles with the top down in the summer, sweating profusely. During the summer months you will get mauled by mosquitoes. Spring - I never had any allergies until I moved to Raleigh. I now have lots of allergies. In the spring there are literally rivers of yellow (pine) pollen flowing down streams near my house. Cars are coated and kick up yellow pollen dust as you drive, similar to a dusting of snow, wacked. If you live near a lake, as I do, when the yellow pollen decays it starts to rot and smell like sewage. Fall - nice weather, but a short period. Unfortunately in the Fall every home near you uses leaf blowers constantly, 8am to 8pm. Positive is that I do like the winters here. 2) Geography – Raleigh is basically flat. Living in Raleigh is like being trapped in a very large topiary maze with lots of trees (both deciduous and southern pine). There are no hills high enough to be a significant landmark in Raleigh. As you drive around the area there are no easy landmarks like a mountain or an ocean to see. Instead landmarks are a Kroger grocery store, or a shopping mall, or a Waffle house. When you drive around the Raleigh area you are in a channel (the road) winding through trees on your left and right, with trees ahead and behind you. Don’t get me wrong, I love trees and forests, the Pacific Northwest is stunning. However in Raleigh you just walk and drive in an endless maze of trees. In Raleigh you literally don’t see the forest through the trees. I know, I’ve tried. Raleigh even makes trees boring. Since it is so flat in Raleigh you rarely see the horizon, or a decent sunset. 3) Location - You are 3 hours from the ocean, and 3 hours from the mountains. All of the locals are so proud of how close they are to the coast and mountains. I grew up in La Jolla, CA. In Raleigh I am 3 hours too far from the ocean, and 2 hours too far from the mountains. 4) Lakes – A positive aspect is that the Raleigh area has lots of lakes, however it ends there. Most lakes in Raleigh aren’t lakes you would swim in. Due to all of the clay in the soil the lake water is brown, visibility 6 inches. You won't be scuba diving in Raleigh. I’m not kidding; all of the lakes look like they are full of sewage. As far as I've been able to find there are no restaurants, bars, coffee houses, etc located on a lake with a water view. I don't know why, but Raleigh has succeeded in making a very boring city even more boring. 5) Parks – The parks are horrible in Raleigh. Case in point, Umstead Park. A day at Umstead involves walking through groves of trees on trails littered with rocks. If you like to look at tree trunks and twist your ankles it is paradise. 6) Roads - Cities tend to either have a “grid” type of road system (e.g. Washington DC) or a “loop” road system like Raleigh. The major freeways and roads are laid out circling Raleigh. If your destination is in the direction the loop travels you can drive it quickly. If your destination is not where the loops go, you have to hopscotch across multiple highway and road arcs (semi-circles). Commuting is a pain in Raleigh. 7) Suburb arrogance – I live in Cary, a suburb of Raleigh. When I talk to people they will openly bash where I live, and ask me why I would want to live in Cary instead of Durham, North Raleigh or Chapel Hill, since they are so much better areas to live (like they are comparing Malibu to South Central LA). All I know is whether you live in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex, Garner or Cary you are living in a flat, mind numbingly boring part of the world that has lots of houses, shopping malls, and a topiary maze of trees to stumble through. 8) Unworldly - I am astonished at how many people I meet in Raleigh that have never traveled west of the Mississippi or internationally. I've met plenty of locals who are in their 30s and 40s but have never bothered to travel to any west coast states. Have Raleigh locals heard of the Grand Canyon, the Monterey Coast, Rocky Mountains, Puget Sound? Anyone? Anyone? People say Raleigh is such an incredible place but many I meet have only traveled on the Eastern seaboard. When a co-worker asked me where I grew up (California) there response was... "Oh you are from the land for fruits and nuts". 9) Sports - No professional baseball, football or basketball teams. Hockey yes. On a miserably hot and humid summer night you can watch a minor league baseball game between the Durham Bulls and the Carolina Mudcats, woo hoo! Of course regarding auto racing NASCAR reigns supreme. Have these people ever been to a Formula One Grand Prix race? You know the auto races where you turn left AND right? Pro-sports wise Raleigh is podunkville. The locals will tell you how "great" college sports are in Raleigh, please refer to item #10 below on local colleges :-) 10) Colleges - The upside is that there are many well educated people in and around Raleigh. The downside is the moronic college spirit of alumni in the RTP area. Raleigh is basically a one horse town with lots of college alumni. You college defines who you are, unless you didn't go to a local school. I graduated from UCSD, so college spirit is not lost on me. In San Diego people don't typically identify themselves with the university they graduated from, at least after your mid-twenties. However in Raleigh, if you attended a local college it defines who you are. Whether you are 22, 42, 62 or 92 you've got to put the NC State/Duke/Chapel Hill bumper stickers on your car or hoveround, you need to fly your college flags outside your home. The endless conversations at dinner parties I've attended with my wife with NC State alumni telling the Duke and UNC alumni that NC State is the best university. Then the Duke alumni will tell the NC State and UNC alumni how great Duke is, and so on. If you are on the inside of the local college scene it is so important. If you didn't attend the local colleges it is of zero interest and alienating. 11) Shopping malls - There are a strangely large number of shopping malls in the RTP area for the size of the population. At least 5 mega-malls. So locals in their free time go to the shopping mall to have “fun” which makes sense when there is nothing else to do and you live in a large topiary maze. Of course in the summer what are you going to do when it is 100F out? Go outside and sweat, or eat a corn dog in the food court? 12) Poor English - I flipped passed a TV show recently, possibly "Duck Dynasty", anyway the show actually had to add subtitles for native English speakers so they could understand what the thick southern accent that the Duck Dynasty people were using. Stunning. Granted the show is located in Louisiana, but in Raleigh there are no lack of people who have never heard the phrase... "Queen's English". One question for the Raleigh proponents... if it so great to live here why did the real estate bubble largely skip the Raleigh area? The answer is simple. I'll stop here :-)

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michael
Raleigh, NC

nice driving - 2/13/2014

I wish to express my thanks to all the assholes , who in the midst of a snow storm, proved to everyone that the roads are all THEIRS!!! And then there is the brain dead, sub-moronic pieces of crap that were actually TEXTING and driving!! REALLY??? You people can not drive when the roads are dry. Please leave, I mean you are only ruining this place.

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michael
Raleigh, NC

snow storm 2/12/14 - 2/12/2014

I would like to take this time to thank all of the assholes that, in the midst of a major snow storm, didn't let us forget that the roads are all theirs, and that they can drive with their heads up their ass. Also a BIG thank you to the brain dead sub moronic pieces of shit that in the same storm, were TEXTING while driving!!!!! Do your dipshit friends really need to hear from you every time you fart???? You dumbasses can not drive when the roads are clear, get a life, a clue, and sterilization so you don't contaminate the rest of the world!!!!

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Birdie
Garner, NC

worst place to live ever - 12/8/2013

My husabnd and I moved here 4 months ago, we had a silly idea that it would be nice to live in teh south and my husabnd thought everyone would be friendly and nice, it would be laid back and less stress. It is not friendly and not nice at all, once you open your mouth and say just hello, they say " your not from here" and it goes down hill fast. They dont smile or say thank you even after a purchase barely ring you up, but they want that dollar in your hand!, so they tolerate you enough to get that money. The first question is " what church do you go to?" because if your not in their church, they wont even smile or talk to you! the people in stores are just as bad, they wont even say have a good day or thanks for shopping, I cannot tell you how mnay times we have smiled and tried to talk to teh cashier ina store only to be looked at like dirt on their shoes and tossed our bag. I went to a job fair and it was horrible, people were borderline rude, my husabnd was amazed, he couldnt believe how unprofessional they behaved!. I am glad we dont have children , I would never want them exposed to the kind of ignorance that is pervasive here. The schools must be a joke, I ahve met more people who can barely read and write then I tohught was still around.They want your money and thats it. They claim to be relisgious but they are the most prejudiced I have ever seen, I have lived in the midwest and the east coast and honestly I would live anywhere to get out of here, we have stopped trying to make friends and just look to get out, be careful if you move here,its not what it looks like, and the politics is horrible not friendly to women and does not care about education. the new tax law favors singles that make over 250,000, look into taxs before you move here and better check your church see if it makes the grade.I would not reccomend my worst enemy to move here.

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Birdie
Garner, NC

should have listened - 12/8/2013

My husband and I moved to Raleigh about 4 months agao, I graduated college in IT and we tohught it would be a great place to start a new life.Ny husband had heard about the friendly and laid back life style couples with a lower cost of living, we envisioned building a little house and living a happy less stressed life. The reality is entirely different. The people are so far from friendly it is amazing. We smile and say hello to everyone, excited to make new friends, and once they hear you are not from here they barely look at you and forget a smile.even the businesses are like this as well. I have cashiers walk away from us when we are paying for things, or better yet they take your money and almost toss the bag at you, dont say thank you, or have a nice day or anything. we are constantly asked what church we belong to, and if you dont answer they wont continue to talk to you, so I guess religion here means if someone is not in your church, then dont be nice and dont be polite!.The taxes are not cheap and the change in tax law starts this january, there is no literature apprecation at all, and nothing of any social value here.The way people interact is also different talk about racial tensions, i never had this kind of tension anywhere else I lived, and I have lived in the midwest as wella s the east coast. i would not reccomend thsi place to anyone and if you want your kids to have an education, then raise them elsewhere maybe the colleges are ok, but the schools are a loss.And if you look for a job here, well you better hope the hiring manager is from elsewhere because if they are from here forget it, they are rude and nasty I was amazed and so was my husband we had no idea it was this bad. We are leaving this place as soon as we can, it won be fast enough, they just want your money thats it.Stay away from Durham, there is a shooting everyday, i am not kidding.everyday.

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DC
Apex, NC

Raleigh NC area and quality of life - 6/24/2013

I have been spending a fair amount of time over the last ten years in the Apex, Raleigh and Fuquay Varina area's of North Carolina and love the area. I was born in California but grew up in Idaho and have lived everywhere over the years from Utah to Hawaii so am not Southern unless wishful thinking counts! I will be moving from Hawaii to North Carolina. No where, even Hawaii, is Utopia but everywhere has great things about it and sometimes not so great things. I bought a house in the Apex area for my upcoming retirement and am looking forward to kicking back and learning to be southern. I love the culture, the opportunities to try new things and the possibilities that exist. DC

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Tom
Moscow, ID

I don't get it. - 5/26/2013

Raleigh has some major perks. The universities and RTP keep the area lively, with an educated population and all the cultural amenities that that brings (concerts, lectures, plays, museums, etc.). However, there are a few major roadblocks that keep Raleigh from being a desirable place to live. 1) Climate -- Apparently some people enjoy bursting into flames 6 months of the year in the scorching heat of Raleigh. I guess the soul-drenching humidity helps to put out the flames. If you want to feel like you jumped in a pool fully clothed and then walked through the worlds largest sauna, then Raleigh may be right for you. 2) Traffic -- Basically plan on not leaving your home between the hours of 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM, and you might be okay. If you have to venture out, then clear your schedule. It doesn't help that the city is spread out. So when people talk about the cultural amenities of Raleigh, remember that it could take an hour and a half to travel to them. 3) Housing cost -- The numbers on this site don't seem accurate. Maybe it's that the housing in the vast crime-ridden neighborhoods is so affordable that it skews the number. If you want to live in a safe neighborhood for under $250k, then you'll be 30-40 minutes outside of downtown. I don't understand how people apparently overlook this obstacles when assessing the quality of life in Raleigh.

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Bp
Raleigh, NC

Raleigh is Okay, but could be better - 4/14/2013

I came here of my own free will, seduced by the laid-back Carolina style and the lush greenery as well as proximity to the coast and the mountains. NC is truly a beautiful place, but much of it has been sprawled over, especially in the Piedmont. Then there's the thing about Raleigh people. The native NC folks are very friendly, but there are a lot of people who've moved in from elsewhere so that this place no longer really resembles the South, especially in terms of friendliness and Down South hospitality. It can actually be fairly cold depending on who you're talking to, and when you combine that with the crazy high taxes, an entrepeneur like me just doesn't want to hang around. I will probably be back in Texas in another 2 or 3 months where people are truly laid back and friendly, and the state is very business-friendly. All in all, there are several reasons why I'm leaving. The climate, while hot in summer, is not really one of them though. It is a lovely climate, especially in spring and fall. The winters are not really too bad, but the summers can be steamier than I like. The 2 main problems I have with NC are self-created: 1) They don't value entrepeneurship over government which makes it too expensive to enjoy a good quality of life here, and 2) The people who move here from elsewhere do not bring the friendliness that has always been a characteristic of this state.....so sad, because my businesses would have grown to create a huge economic boost. Oh well, onward to Texas!

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kerry
Canton, GA

where should the liberals with kids live? - 1/14/2013

We are also looking to move to Raleigh or Chapel Hill. We have 2 school age children and our budget is around $300 - $400,000 for a house. We would like to get out of the painfully conservative area we are currently living in. We are looking for good schools (of course) A charter/magnet school would be great. In an ideal world we would find a safe area that would allow us to walk to coffee shops with live music and restaurants that serve funky food . We want to live somewhere that we can have our Obama sticker on our car and send our kids to school with their organic edemame without feeling like we're from another planet. Please help:) What part of town should we live in? My husband works from home so we really don't need to worry about a commute.

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Abhd
Anderson, SC

Southerners and Yankees - 11/13/2012

I would like to reply to the unhappy comments from our friends from the northern states. There were many that stated we southerners were unfriendly, hated "Yankee's" and that you just did not fit in. Truthfully I am rather shocked as Southerns are known for being some of the most friendly and welcoming people in the world. I was born and raised in the South and have never heard anyone say they hated Yankees. I will tell you what I have seen and that is the people from the north relocating here in the south and the first thing they wish to tell us southerns is everything they preceive to be wrong with the south. If we and our southern states are so distasteful to you then why are so many northerners moving to the south to work, some to retire? I would like to respectfully suggest that instead of telling us what is wrong with our southern home that we cherish and are proud of, maybe you should try to adapt more to our way of life. This is our home and heritage, if you wish to "fit in"...please consider not judging, keeping negative comments to yourself and trying to understand us and soon you may find that you may actually like us. There are two things you should always remember when you have a negative thought regarding us. 1. Southerners are known for big hearts and giving you the shirt off our back if needed. 2. We put a whole lot of stock in manners ;-)

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michael
Raleigh, NC

Stay away!! - 10/28/2012

If you are thinking of moving here, DON'T!!!!! I came here for the military 17 years ago and regret every day of it. Can't wait to leave. Everybody and their brother is moving here and RUINING what was once a great place. The local and state government doesn't care, all they see is $$$$$!! Roads, radio, jobs, eateries, sports, traffic, housing, drivers, and lack of greenery all suck. It seems like yesterday that this was a sleepy little city,now its a congested dump. People,please leave!! You really are not wanted/needed here. Go back to where you came from and ruin your own city.

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Bp
Los Angeles, CA

Raleigh, NC is one of "America's best cities" - 10/24/2012

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Raleigh, NC is #1 in their ranking of America's best cities (2011): "To most residents of Raleigh, it may not come as a surprise that their city earned the title of America’s Best City. Raleigh shows the cultural graces that go along with anchoring the so-called Research Triangle, home to North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among its many attributes the city sports 867 restaurants, 110 bars, and 51 museums, according to Onboard Informatics, as well as a thriving social scene, good schools, and 12,512 park acres, equal to several times the green space per capita in cities like New York and Los Angeles, according to the Trust for Public Land. It also offers a great deal on nights and weekends—from concerts and opera, to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and college sports, to the 30,000-square-foot State Farmers Market. Raleigh may have a population of only about 400,000 and span about 144 square miles, yet data show it still offers a lot, if only in a smaller package. True, Raleigh may not be the center of the tech universe like San Francisco, a hub of higher education on the same scale as Boston, or a vibrant 24-hour metropolis like New York, but all those cities also offered higher unemployment, a dearth of parks, worse public education, and other negative factors that weighed against them."

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Vicky
Lehigh Acres, FL

Relocation Plans - 9/29/2012

Hello, we are a family of four, me and my husband and two little girls. We are looking for a good place to raise our kids, with good schools and low crime rate. I am and accountant, but I haven't been able to find a job in Florida since I graduated a year ago. My husband is a truck driver who owns his business. We live in a small town in FL, we don't like crowded cities. I was considering Cary, NC as a possibility. Can anyone give some advise?

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