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Kristal Kraft, Real Estate Pro in Greenwood Village, CO

Will I be out of place in Charlotte, being from up North?

Asked by Kristal Kraft, Greenwood Village, CO Mon May 28, 2007

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Absolutely not! In fact, I often joke that I'm one of the last three natives in the area. We have folks living here from all over the country (Bank of America and Wachovia and TIAA-CREF and the rest transfer folks around at will, of course) and around the world.

The popular media tends to still characterize the South as being redneck and behind the times, still fighting The War of Northern Aggression, but it's not true. We do still refer to folks from up north as Yankees, but it's in a loving tone of voice since we're outnumbered now.

Many of my relocating clients have discovered neighbors from their hometowns. In fact, my husband is from a small town in New York, Jamestown (pop about 30,000) and he runs into folks here all the time who have moved into the sun. Thanks for asking!
4 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 28, 2007
Leigh ~ thank you for dispelling the myth, as a Yankee I was under the impression it would be difficult to live in the South. I'm glad to hear Southerners put out the welcome mat!
3 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 28, 2007
I don't believe that you will feel out of place at all. A lot of people are relocating here from NY, NJ and other places because of the lower taxes here and the quality of life. I have worked with a lot of people from other parts of the country and I always tell them that no one is from Charlotte anyway. You will be hard pressed to find many native Charlotteans.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 24, 2008
Been here for over 10 years, from Up-state NY, not only do I have over 50 highschool classmates who are down here(yes, from Upstate NY), but I believe I have only met less than 3 dozen people here that have been from Charlotte will fit right in!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 27, 2008
Not at all! Because Charlotte has been growing and still is. People from all over are living there. you feel like you are in a city probably not big as New York City.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 8, 2008
Kristal once you come here you will miss a lot of things from your own town but you will start enjoying other things more than what you will miss. I have lived in Chicago, New York City, Florida and Ohio and love Charlotte now. The weather is perfect and little by little you will find some similarities of what you were used to here. Charlotte is also growing vey fast and adapting to this change.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 8, 2008
You would absolutely fit in!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 5, 2008

You're not from "up north", you're from Denver .l.o.l..

Anyway .. Charlotte is the new cyber city, there is more yankees here now that ever before .. you'll enjoy living there... I wouldn't even consider it a "southern" city anymore..

: ^)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
No! There are more people from other places in the country here in Charlotte than there are those of us who are from here. Obviously I can't speak for everyone, but for the most part this is a pro-growth, pro-development city which includes folks moving here. Though I am from here, I'm somewhat rare, my core group of friends and neighbors are from Atlanta, Chicago, Buffalo, Jersey, Boston, NYC, and Houston. Everyone I know that has moved here loves it and feels quite welcome. Join us!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
I live in Salisbury, NC a small town in-between Winston Salem, Charlotte, and Greensboro. We have many folks from all over the country moving in here. We're a great location 2 hours from the mountains and 3 1/2 hours from the coast. We have sports, live theatre, symphony, arts area, and much more. You'll find large populations of relocated folks from upstate NY, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Lately, we've had numerous buyers moving back from retirement in Florida. I and our Century 21 company will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Absolutely NOT!! I am a transplant from Boston. We love it here!!! We have found that the quality of life is better, and the people are very welcoming...You will hear the YANKEE'll be fine!!!
If you need relocation assistance, please let me know...

Suzanne Whealan
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
I have lived in Lake Norman just north of Charlotte for over two years and feel totally welcomed by all. We have so many "transplants" from the Northeast and Midwest that you will find many kindred spirits. The only caution I would provide is not to contantly refer to where you are from and what you miss. Embrace your new home and you will love it!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 27, 2007
well...that depends. You see, Yankees may feel less than happy here, not because of unfriendliness, but because of over-friendliness! I am carving a place for myself after 20 years by becoming a small famr-owner!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2007
Absolutely Not, I am originally from Rochester, NY, have lived in Chicago, and Philadelphia and am happy to call Charlotte Home. Charlotte is the most inviting city I have lived in.

There are all sorts of ways to get involved and meet people. Check out the following websites for more info: - on this site you can see where people are relocating from. You will be surprised at how many people are relocating from the north. Westchester County (right out side New York City) Monroe County (Rochester, NY) and Erie County (Buffalo, NY) our in the top 20 counties where people are relocating from to Charlotte.

Hope my Answer helped.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 22, 2007
Of course not. I'm orignally from Maryland myself and when I moved here, I was suprised to discover how many people living here aren't from here. In fact, Wachovia estimated that over 50,000 people a year are moving to Charlotte from all throughout the U.S.. So our culture is very diverse and inclusive. There's a lot to do (sports, shopping, nature & rec areas, etc.) and not to mention that Charlotte is 3 hours from the Mountains and Beach.

The only thing that I miss from up north myself was the excellent seafood (having lived right on the Chesapeake Bay) and the horrific traffic. While some believe that its bad here, they have no idea unless they've either dealt with the Beltway or attempted the Long Island Expressway at rush hour.

Hope this helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 10, 2007
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