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.
I lived in N.C. from 1999-2003, in Raleigh, and went to nsg school at UNC-Chapel Hill. You won't find a good house to buy in Chapel Hill or Durham for $100-$200K, but there are lots of houses in that range "outside the Beltline" in Raleigh (outside I-440).
Durham has had a bad rep -- for gang activity, shootings, etc. -- for a while. However, while I was there, there were many new things happening in Durham in terms of downtown development, a trend toward really cool warehouse lofts, etc., and I think it was improving. We looked at a house there and it was BEAUTIFUL, and parts of Durham are beautiful. I did my pre-reqs at Durham Tech and always felt safe going & coming from there.
There is a TON to do in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, especially if you like sports and the outdoors. It's just a couple hours from the mountains (which are beautiful) and the beach (which is beautiful, and the Outer Banks are a real treasure). There are lots of good hospitals there as well. UNC Hospitals, Duke, Rex, WakeMed.
Also, if you have school-age kids, the Wake County and Carrboro-Chapel Hill school systems are major pluses for this area. Wake County has a fantastic magnet school program/system, and the SAT scores of Carrboro-CH students are amazing.
I have never lived in Tampa, but visited it in 1995, and found the downtown area to be QUITE boring. Other than that, can't tell you anything about Tampa!
My sister has lived in Charlotte for about 10 years and has really enjoyed it.
Feel free to PM me if you want more info on N.C. Good luck with your decision!