Raleigh, nice place to live?

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    We will be moving to Raleigh due to my husband being transferred.. we both have never even visited the state. Is this a nice place to live and raise a family? Looks like I will be taking a pay cut, but that is OK.. I may only do PRN

    Can someone give me honest opinions of this city? Not too concerned about where to work, just nervous about the city itself, I have no idea what to expect. Where are the nice places to live?
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    Not sure where you are from....But having lived other places, Raleigh is awesome, and after first moving here, it was great, I suffered from really bad culture shock. It has a lot of people from all over so the culture is great, Chapel Hill is good too. But If I could have lived anywhere, when I first moved here, Raleigh is the city I would have chosen. It's now my second choice, Chapel Hill is now my first, but it's a close call.
    Last edit by macgirl on Apr 19, '12 : Reason: typo
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    I live 45 min east of Raleigh, but go there to shop and fine dine. It's known as a great place to live and work. The commute is a bare during rush hour, FYI. As for where to live, I've never lived there. My aunt lives in Fuquay Varina (a subset of Raleigh) and that is a nice family area.

    Also, FYI Raleigh,NC is the 2nd fastest growing city in the country right now.

    Hope others post from the area and can offer more.

    sandanrnstudent
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    Apex is nice and has a cute downtown, some of the better schools. Where is your husband working? I live SW of the city proper (Johnston County) If he is RTP, Chapell Hill/Carrboro but that is not Wake Co. (Orange I think) and don't know a ton. North Raleigh is growing and VERY challenging traffic-wise. Overall, It is a nice place. It can be a culture shock and there is a definite dichotomy between people that have lived here all their lives and the many transplants from up north.
    Raleigh has a lot to offer culturally. Good thing, 2 hours or less to the beach and about the same to the mountains. A day's drive to DC or Orlando. We moved here from Chicago in 2005 and are probably going to stay.


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