(Closed) NWR–What is it like living in North Carolina?

posted 7 years ago in North Carolina – Western North Carolina
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I live in Charlotte and grew up in Western NC. I like the state and think it’s nice that there are both mountains and the shore close by. As far as weather, winters are mild, but summers can get very hot! This past summer it was in the 90s for at least 30 days here. It may be cooler than Florida, but it does get hot here too. Plus, the summer warmth seems to last a little longer than 3 months. I would say from May through September at least. The people are diverse in Charlotte. We have a lot of people move here from the northern states like New York and Michigan. There’s income tax here, which I believe you don’t have in FL. Let me know if you have any other specific questions.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

great thread topic! My Fiance and I are looking into moving to NC sometime in the near future. We are sick of cold Buffalo winters that seem to last 6 months!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

North Carolina can be very humid and hot. It also can be freezing with snow. You have moutains, beaches, and wine country. I enjoy living there…the people for the most part are friendly (however i live around a military base) and you get all the seasons.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I live in eastern NC at the beach, although I’ve visited most of the state, including the mountains.  I love the diversity of beaches, mountains, and in between.  I love it here at the coast because I hateee the cold.  Anything below 50 is torture for me and I actually don’t mind the heat in the summer (though the humidity is pretty rough). I also love the friendly nature of being in the south and the food (eastern vs western pork BBQ…yum!)

Schools…well they are kinda in a rough place, but I believe that a lot of states are having trouble with budget cuts.  I’m a teacher and currently found out YESTERDAY that a job I got in September (and have yet to start) is no longer in existance..blah. But like I said, I don’t think that’s solely NC, just a part of this lovely economy.  Of course, I’m a teacher, so I’d like to think we have great schools and teachers 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

We’ve lived in Raleigh for about 7 months now, and we really like it!

Living the previous ~7 years near San Francisco, I really appreciate the different seasons (although yes, it was quite hot and humid this summer, and definitely out of my comfort zone. But there’s AC pretty much everywhere you go, so it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting). And everyone here is so nice, which is a big change! Checkers at the grocery store actually make conversation, and Target employees actually offer to help you find something–which was very rare in California.

And even through the Raleigh-Durham area isn’t as big as San Francisco was, we find we like going out even more, since there is still plenty to do. It is so nice not to have to pay $25 to park for a few hours to have dinner (here, parking is usually free, and at most $5), and parking in the downtown areas is readily available. And like pp mentioned, if you like going to the mountains or the beach, both are a short drive away (we visited both this first summer here). Even closer you’ve got some beautiful lakes to go boating on, hiking trails, and Raleigh even has 50+ miles of paved greenway system for biking and walking.

But the best part of all is how inexpensive everything is! It’s the whole reason we moved here, since buying a house is so much more affordable, which we hope to do this spring. And right now we’re paying over $1k less a month in rent, for about 600 more square feet than we had previously. Restaurants are cheaper, gas, electricity, groceries, just about everything is such a savings, at least compared to living in California.

And finally, one of my huge loves for Raleigh is the animals. If you’re a wildlife lover, it is amazing here. We only live about 10-15 minutes from the heart of downtown, but just this week I’ve seen a family of deer and a little fox in our backyard (along with more regular animals like birds and squirrels). We’ve also had turtles and bunnies in our yard, all of which I love seeing, because back in California we only had crows and squirrels to look at. I’ve even moved my home office to look out a back window, so I can watch the adorable fox and deer while I work.

Anyway, sorry, I wrote a novel! But as a new transplant to NC, I just wanted to share how happy we are here so far. I’ve only visited Florida once, and it was beautiful, but I definitely like the weather and scenery here better. Good luck, and feel free to PM me if you have any questions!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Orion: I was referring to Florida not having state individual income tax. They do have federal income tax, which every state has. 

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