where in north carolina? - page 6

HI fellow nurses, I need your help. I'm from new york and we are considering of moving either tampa or north carolina. Since i have no clue where to go, can you suggest a country or city that... Read More

  1. by   gretchengirl
    I have been to durham many many times and I must say, It is my least favorite place in n.c. I agree with the other poster, It just appears to be dirty.All we hear on the news here about Durham is gangs, crime, shooting. We stopped in a service station there once a few yrs ago and the person who was working there was behind plastic glass and you had to take to them through a speaker. ! So that indicated to me that they had had a problem with being robbed. There was lots of trash on the roads and the road sides were very much in need of a good mowing. We saw some pretty trashy looking places also. Glad we were just passing through. CHarlotte is my second least favorite place in nc. gangs, crime is big in charlotte. went to a wor shop there last yr and the person who was doing the class was from out of state. their car was broken into, parked in a VERY well know hotel parking lot in broad day light.The stereo was ripped right out.
    Move near the mts. Less gangs or crime here. Dont get me wrong, we do have the occasional crime but no where near what charlotte has.
  2. by   VickyRN
    moderator's friendly reminder: let's keep this thread civil and avoid any personal attacks or inflammatory statements, over-generalizations, stereotypical comments, etc. thank you. 'nuff said
    Last edit by VickyRN on Aug 26, '06
  3. by   Lovee_T
    Liked how you stuck up for your town and were moving to Raligh/Durham and we were hearing all this negative stuff about Durham but like you said you have crime anywhere you go. Were looking for large land lots w/ or with out a home but your home & land is nice. We would love something like that. You said it was going to be foreclosed and you snatched it up? Sorry if that wasn't you. Can you suggest where to look? My husband was looking at Durham, Chatham & Lee. Also what does the job market look like for LPN's or Surg Techs? Sorry-I know alot of questions. Thanks =)
  4. by   ncgrace29
    Charlotte!
  5. by   bullcityrn
    Quote from gretchengirl
    I have been to durham many many times and I must say, It is my least favorite place in n.c. I agree with the other poster, It just appears to be dirty.All we hear on the news here about Durham is gangs, crime, shooting. We stopped in a service station there once a few yrs ago and the person who was working there was behind plastic glass and you had to take to them through a speaker. ! So that indicated to me that they had had a problem with being robbed. There was lots of trash on the roads and the road sides were very much in need of a good mowing. We saw some pretty trashy looking places also. Glad we were just passing through. CHarlotte is my second least favorite place in nc. gangs, crime is big in charlotte. went to a wor shop there last yr and the person who was doing the class was from out of state. their car was broken into, parked in a VERY well know hotel parking lot in broad day light.The stereo was ripped right out.
    Move near the mts. Less gangs or crime here. Dont get me wrong, we do have the occasional crime but no where near what charlotte has.
    Again...negative comments about a city from someone who has never lived there. I'm sorry you had this experience, and the conditions you describe certainly do exist. But gangs, crimes, shootings and dirty streets aren't all you will find. Yeesh! :uhoh21:
    Last edit by bullcityrn on Sep 15, '06
  6. by   nursen_99
    Originally Posted by gretchengirl
    I have been to durham many many times and I must say, It is my least favorite place in n.c. I agree with the other poster, It just appears to be dirty.All we hear on the news here about Durham is gangs, crime, shooting. We stopped in a service station there once a few yrs ago and the person who was working there was behind plastic glass and you had to take to them through a speaker. ! So that indicated to me that they had had a problem with being robbed. There was lots of trash on the roads and the road sides were very much in need of a good mowing. We saw some pretty trashy looking places also. Glad we were just passing through. CHarlotte is my second least favorite place in nc. gangs, crime is big in charlotte. went to a wor shop there last yr and the person who was doing the class was from out of state. their car was broken into, parked in a VERY well know hotel parking lot in broad day light.The stereo was ripped right out.
    Move near the mts. Less gangs or crime here. Dont get me wrong, we do have the occasional crime but no where near what charlotte has.

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    Jeez! The bad rap this place gets is ridiculous! I came house-hunting in NC 3 months ago from FL and was told to avoid Durham like the plague. The picture folks painted of Durham, as in this post, was of a ravaged, filthy, broken down hell hole. So I set out to search for homes in places like Raleigh, Knightdale, Apex, etc..., anything BUT Durham. My agent, thankfully a wise woman, insisted that I gave Durham a chance, just a once over, and boy am I glad I did!

    I was so surprised!!!!!! I found a beautiful, 2 yr old 2200 sq ft home sitting on 0.5 acre lot in a wonderful community with a lake, pool, tennis, beach v-ball, b-ball, fitness center, golf course, tot lot and walking trails! I am 10-15 mins from Duke Univ. Hosp (where I work), 8 mins from shopping at Brier Creek, 10 mins from Southpoint (a superb mall) and 15 mins from Crabtree (another fab mall). My house is a sweet gem and it cost me JUST $200,000! And that's with numerous upgrades! I am in the city yet can enjoy the wonders of the suburbs/country. My kids can walk out their front door to feed the bunnies! We see deer and hear crickets outside. I drive 3 minutes literally for my kids to pick pumpkins and catch a hayride at the nearby farm. ALL this and I am in Durham! I owned, and still do, a 1600 sq ft townhouse in FL that I purchased for $300,000 and it can't compare to my house here. Check this out, I paid (pay) $2,600 a yr for HO insur in Fl. Here, I pay $330! It costs me $670 a YEAR to fully insure two SUV's and I am NOT in Hilly-Willy, town population=60. How can you beat that???????

    The city schools are like every other school system: some are great and some aren't so great. Do your research. There are numerous Magnet schools to take advantage of. Parental involvement is KEY anywhere you go.

    My neighborhood is multi-cultural (great real-world exposure for my kids), my neighbors are friendly, strangers driving by wave hello and kids play freely outdoors. It is customary for families to take an evening stroll after dinner. Thus far, I've heard crickets and not gunshots. Our cars, two nice SUV's, stay parked OUTSIDE and my window blinds never come down. I'm orig from NYC and we were too afraid of being robbed to ever leave our blinds open! I see lush green grass and not piles of trash. Each time we step outside and take a deep breath, my hubby and I look at each other and smile like school kids, loving the sweetness in the air, wondering why it took us so long to get here!

    I've lived in NYC, all over Upstate NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA and FL and have never felt as at-home as I feel here! I know what gang-ridden areas look like. I've smelled NJ from miles away. I've skied the beautiful, snow-covered Upstate NY mountains and lived 1 block away from one of the prettiest beaches in FL. With all of that, I can honestly say that this is home. HOME. I've been here for 2+ mos and have convinced several family members to come and visit. You know what? They've all been impressed! So much so that two are currently working on moving here from MD!!!

    The point I'm trying to make here is what CarolinaPooh made very clearly: stop giving Durham a horrible rap. Don't drive through 5 blocks and blanket the whole city under generalizations. It's a wonderful place to be! Come see for YOURSELF.
  7. by   bullcityrn
    Quote from nursen_99

    The point I'm trying to make here is what CarolinaPooh made very clearly: stop giving Durham a horrible rap. Don't drive through 5 blocks and blanket the whole city under generalizations. It's a wonderful place to be! Come see for YOURSELF.
    :yeahthat:

    You are awesome. This is exactly the point I was trying to make in my previous posts. As you said, anyone considering a move here needs to check it out and decide for themselves. They might be in for a pleasant surprise!
  8. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from NC_RN_2B
    :yeahthat:

    You are awesome. This is exactly the point I was trying to make in my previous posts. As you said, anyone considering a move here needs to check it out and decide for themselves. They might be in for a pleasant surprise!

    SO GLAD TO SEE SOME DURHAM PRIDE HERE!!!

    YAY!!!

    (Where's all this trash lying around that someone mentioned? I can honestly say that confused me....sure, there's some dirt downtown, but go to south Raleigh and you'll find the EXACT SAME THING.....not to mention that my friend had her car broken into right in the parking deck of Crabtree Valley Mall last year - which is in a very nice section of Raleigh...so crime happens everywhere!)
  9. by   dakcwmomx2
    Quote from paula77720
    HI fellow nurses,

    I need your help. I'm from new york and we are considering of moving either tampa or north carolina. Since i have no clue where to go, can you suggest a country or city that you think you will choose to live if you have a family, houses between 100-200K and near good hospitals? We're considering the wake county in raleigh or Bennington in DUrham. What do you guys think?

    thank you very much. If you need any info about new york, i'll be willing ti help.
    Hi,
    Have you considered Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, North carolina? It is only 1 hour from Virginia Beach and 1 hour from the Outer Banks(which is beautiful). Elizabeth City is growing and it is an exciting place to be now. People are friendly and I think starting pay for RN is 18. and hour... Checkout the hospital website at Albemarlehealth.org. Housing is higher than normal but you can still get a great deal either downtown or new.... Just have to search a little.. Let me know if you have further questions... dakcw
  10. by   Chirstine188
    Hi there.. I am a travel nurse also. I have mainly been up in the northeast and MD. I was surprised by how much lower my pay was in MD than in MA(almost 10/hr less). I am curious as a traveler, is your pay decent in NC?
    Christine

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