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Are you nuts? - 9/30/2006
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Nancy
Hickory, NC

Anybody who would want to move to Hickory must be out of your minds. The scenery is nice, however, good paying jobs are hard to find. The job market is awful, the poor are just getting poorer, local businesses are suffering, etc. The nightlife here is non-existant. Our community college is overflowing because everybody is trying to go back to school to get a descent job. One perk. The real estate is cheap because there are more foreclosures in the paper than JOBS! I sincerely hope you think about your move.
** A Local

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Charles

re: Are you nuts? - 9/30/2006 - 7/9/2011
I agree. I was born and raised in Hickory. I live outside of Augusta, GA now. Decent jobs are nearly impossible to come by unless one has a marketable skill that is in demand. Hickory will always be "home" but I could never live there again without winning the lottery. I, along with most of my family and friends in Hickory, would advise anyone looking to relocate to the area to think long and hard about it before doing it. Pretty scenery and good weather do not pay the bills.

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drake

re: Are you nuts? - 9/30/2006 - 8/14/2014
My parents are thinking about retiring here, theyre going to visit first. But the thing that has drawn them to this area is the weather, i have it saved on my phone and every day looks great, especially compared to PAs weather. Your review is pretty old, so do you still feel that way about hickory? It is a bad place to retire to? All they want to do is live on some water with a boat, go to the state parks, and buy local organic produce, and get drunk. Is there another town with the same weather but "better" in any ways? Thanks

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Charles
Thomson, GA

Hickory - 7/9/2011

I was born and raised in Hickory and I was finally able to escape. For anyone looking for a place to live and work, try somewhere else. The job market is absolutely awful, and what few jobs there are available are low wage dead end jobs. We have seen a number of people from the North move to Hickory in recent years and those of us who were born there wonder why anybody in their right mind would move to a dirty old mill town with no jobs and seemingly no future. If I were looking for a place to retire, it would not be Hickory.

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Regina
Hickory, NC

It doesn't really get any better than this! - 9/21/2008

Hickory is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the western part of North Carolina. Born and raised in Caldwell county, just over the bridge, I've spent about half of my life, longing to be back home. You see, I left this area in 1989, searching for something more. I lived for more than a few years in Alaska, Vermont, Czech Republic, Massachusettes and finally settled on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Until returning to The South in 2005, I'd grown content in the Northeast, but inside I felt that something was missing. There's something to be said for Southern Hospitality and no other place in the world can even compare. We experience four very distinct seasons here in Hickory which add to the comfort of home. Whether you're new to the area or are a Southerner who's never left, Hickory is a place where everybody's welcome. People are friendly and living is affordable. We're only about a half hour drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains and maybe 4-5 hours from the coast. The crime rate is low and everyone knows their neighbors. Hickory is a wonderful place to raise a family or to retire. We have state of the art medical facilities and more physicians per capita than the US average. With a year round population of a little over 50,000, we don't have the hustle and bustle of the big city and if you long for that, then Charlotte is only 45 minutes away and Asheville, maybe one hour. I am convinced that it really doesn't get any better than this! Regina Jenkins Keller Williams Realty

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joe
Huntersville, NC

Hickory is a great city! - 4/10/2007

Hickory is a great city to live in. Located in the North Carolina foothills in Catawba county, it is also bordered by Lake Hickory. The city is growing but is not overpopulated. Traffic isnt too bad either. 2007 brought the announcement of several new businesses coming to the area, including a Google processing center and a Target Corp. Distribution center to name a few. The weather is nice year-round. Located by interstate 40, you can hop on the interstate and drive west into the mountains, or east towards the coast. The city is growing, and has a rather large mall named Valley Hills Mall, all the major chain stores and restaraunts, Hickory Crawdads Baseball Stadium, Lenoir-Rhyne College, etc...

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Nancy
Hickory, NC

Are you nuts? - 9/30/2006

Anybody who would want to move to Hickory must be out of your minds. The scenery is nice, however, good paying jobs are hard to find. The job market is awful, the poor are just getting poorer, local businesses are suffering, etc. The nightlife here is non-existant. Our community college is overflowing because everybody is trying to go back to school to get a descent job. One perk. The real estate is cheap because there are more foreclosures in the paper than JOBS! I sincerely hope you think about your move. ** A Local

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nancy
Wood River Junction, RI

Hickory is a pretty town - 4/23/2006

We moved to Hickory in November 2005. We like the weather and it is a pretty town. The economy is not very strong and good paying jobs are hard to find. If you are in certain professions (health care, accounting, IT) it is ideal. We're not sure if we'll stay.

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