Advice on moving to Hickory, NC

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BriKris

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Jun 21, 2007
 
My fiance and I are thinking about moving to Hickory due to oppurtunities with my job. I with be graduating pharmacy school in March 2008 and have already committed to a job with Walgreens. It just so happens that North Caorlina is one of what Walgreens calls a "featured market" meaning that new stores will be popping up everywhere (approximately 60 new stores in the next 3 years!!). The expansion gives me a good oppurtunity to move up in the company. There are a few places that need help: Hickory, Charlotte, Shelby, Swansboro, Jacksonville, and North Wilkesboro (we are currently set on Hickory). I was just wondering if anyone could give some insight on which area might be best for a newly wed couple moving from big city Chicago looking for a nice community. We both enjoy the outdoors (eg fishing, hiking, beaches, boating etc...). How is the outdoor recreation in these areas? Also from reading other threads it seems like the housing market is much cheaper than out here in Chicago...great! Any advice would be appreciated. THANKS!!

Since: May 07

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Jun 21, 2007
 
We are moving to the Hickory area in a few months. Friends of our have lived there for a year and a half. Have you visited the area? You will never run out of outdoor stuff to do. The mountains are less than an hour away, there are tons of parks and lakes...Beaches, well Hickory is about 2-3 hours from the coast, but make it a day trip! The homes in NC are beautiful. I'm living in FL now, but born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Dupage County. Walgreens is a good company, we have a friend that used to work for them in a town called Morganton. I believe there's only 1 Walgreens in Hickory, but I hope they do build some near our town (Newton). I don't know your price range, but I'm sure you can get a nice 3/2/2 for around 160,000, just depends what you are looking for. Google Hickory and see what comes up. It's a very friendly town. I can't wait to move. good luck!-dawn
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Jun 21, 2007
 
I'm leaving the Hickory area (Conover) and selling my home. 3 bed 2 bath... all hardwood & tile floors. New subdivision.$159,900

Email me if you would like photos.
clemsonmary@yahoo.com
BriKris

Homewood, IL

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Jun 22, 2007
 
Thanks ddlove for the info!! Maybe you or someone else could address another concern. Both my fiance and I are big into family and leaving our roots in Chicago is what is making this such a tough decision. I have read that Hickory is a very family oriented type of community which I would eventually love to raise my own family. However, how is the social scene? It sounds like the people of Hickory are nice and welcoming from previous posts. I guess we just need that extra reassurance because as I am sure that many of you can relate leaving the place you grew up is not easy. THANKS!!
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Jun 22, 2007
 
I think the best advice is after you move, get out there and meet some people! There's plenty to do, and if you don't mind driving, I'm sure Charlotte has a large social scene with lots to do!
jameson

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Jun 26, 2007
 
Hickory isn't as big as Charlotte or Chicago, but there are things to do in the area if you look. Church is big -- but not everyone joins. There are theater groups, sport groups, book clubs.... several community colleges in the area as well so people can always take a class.

Lots of people enjoy going to flea markets - there are several in the area. Thursdays there is a big one in Hickory - and there is a farmer's market downtown.

During the summer there is free music downtown - and once in a while there are festivals there as well.

The bar scene is pretty active..... restaurants always seem busy.

You don't have to leave Hickory but -- the mountains are not far, Asheville and Boone, for example, are unique cities that you might enjoy for a day. Charlotte has the larger museum. A longer drive could take you to Gatlinburg, Tenn to a large aquarium -- or to Myrtle Beach.

The weather is much nicer than Chicago -- you don't need a snow blower and may never buy another pair of winter boots.

My only complaint was the school system. I absolutely hated it! So we took the kids out and homeschooled them. Works for a lot of people here. And if you do that, you may find yourself meeting people through homeschooling groups, 4-H, Scouts, etc.

Hope you enjoy your new life.

Since: Jun 07

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Jun 26, 2007
 

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BriKris wrote:
My fiance and I are thinking about moving to Hickory due to oppurtunities with my job. I with be graduating pharmacy school in March 2008 and have already committed to a job with Walgreens. It just so happens that North Caorlina is one of what Walgreens calls a "featured market" meaning that new stores will be popping up everywhere (approximately 60 new stores in the next 3 years!!). The expansion gives me a good oppurtunity to move up in the company. There are a few places that need help: Hickory, Charlotte, Shelby, Swansboro, Jacksonville, and North Wilkesboro (we are currently set on Hickory). I was just wondering if anyone could give some insight on which area might be best for a newly wed couple moving from big city Chicago looking for a nice community. We both enjoy the outdoors (eg fishing, hiking, beaches, boating etc...). How is the outdoor recreation in these areas? Also from reading other threads it seems like the housing market is much cheaper than out here in Chicago...great! Any advice would be appreciated. THANKS!!
The nicest neighborhoods,(imho) are on the north side of Hickory. I would recommend the Viewmont area as a good place to start looking. The local Walgreens is very close to here, and Viewmont is convenient to all the local restaurants, shopping, and downtown businesses.
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Jun 26, 2007
 
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The nicest neighborhoods,(imho) are on the north side of Hickory. I would recommend the Viewmont area as a good place to start looking. The local Walgreens is very close to here, and Viewmont is convenient to all the local restaurants, shopping, and downtown businesses.
Near Lake Hickory is the best of the best!!
speakeasy

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Jun 28, 2007
 
You should check the EPA website before making a final decision about moving here. Our air quality/ water quality is extremely unhealthy. Also note the date of the last report; 1998. It has only gotten worse since then. If you have any allergies or breathing problems, Hickory is not the place for you.
dearly07

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Aug 17, 2007
 
I hope you like mosquitos? With the water and heat in the summer--LOTS AND LOTS OF THEM. I do not understand why there isn't a mosquito control program like most towns? You really cannot be outside in the summer from about 4 pm- 10 pm. It is like nothing I've ever seen and I've lived all over the US. The air quality IS bad, very bad....I have trees losing leaves in ealy August simply from Air Pollution--I've checked on this to make sure. But, Hickory IS good "on paper", meaning, it IS quaint, cheap, services abound but, it is a place I am already looking to leave as I can see the community as a whole, doesn't seem to stress these specific issues that matter to me for quality of life and raising my child. Think it over and DO visit first, esp. in summer--MUGGY AND BUGGY!!!
SongofJoy57

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Aug 17, 2007
 
Go to www.cvcc.edu
Scroll to the bottom of the page
Click on Joblink
Click on Joblink Search Links
This should get you into all of the county, surrounding area, and good jobsites
Blessings ...
Call Catawba County JobLink Career Center
(This is our website ... free to all)!!!
bartonizer

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Aug 17, 2007
 
BriKris,
Don't be discouraged by a few comments by speakeasy and Dearly07. I think that it's fair to put their negative comments in perspective.

First of all, speakeasy's comment on a 1998 report. For context, in 1998, the area was booming with manufacturing of furniture, textiles, and fiber optics. Most of the pollution was a result of their local factories. The industries crashed, however, and over 30 plants have closed. Air quality changed dramatically. A 2003 report listed below is quite a bit more favorable.

http://www.scorecard.org/community/cmy-cap-ps...

The area went through a recession and is reinventing itself as a pleasant place to live with cheap real estate. A lot of late baby boomers and retirees are moving to the area. Close to the mountains for half the price and more moderate weather. You're an hour away from mountain towns and an hour away from two major metropolitan areas. Plenty of shopping and dining options, but you're not stuck in a cookie cutter suburb.

Regarding Dearly07's comments, I've never noticed mosquitos to be much of a problem here. Perhaps she should check for standing water nearby. I will say that this past two weeks has been ridiculously hot-the hottest that I've experienced here in ten+ years. This record setting heat, however, is in no way limited to the Hickory area. Dearly07 would be hot anywhere in the eastern two-thirds of the country this summer. She just happens to be in Hickory. With the exception of the higher mountain peaks, everyone, everywhere in the region has been blazing hot. NEWSFLASH-summers in the SE US tend to be hot and somewhat humid.

Good luck on your decision, and take care.
HickyCity

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Aug 18, 2007
 
Yes, Hickory is not alone in the summer heat and bugs. It is everywhere in the South.

South in the summer = HEAT.

I would surmise that any leaves falling from trees would have something to do with a drought we are experiencing now, along with most of the South.
Lifetime Hickoryite

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Aug 18, 2007
 
dearly07 wrote:
I hope you like mosquitos? With the water and heat in the summer--LOTS AND LOTS OF THEM. I do not understand why there isn't a mosquito control program like most towns? You really cannot be outside in the summer from about 4 pm- 10 pm. It is like nothing I've ever seen and I've lived all over the US. The air quality IS bad, very bad....I have trees losing leaves in ealy August simply from Air Pollution--I've checked on this to make sure. But, Hickory IS good "on paper", meaning, it IS quaint, cheap, services abound but, it is a place I am already looking to leave as I can see the community as a whole, doesn't seem to stress these specific issues that matter to me for quality of life and raising my child. Think it over and DO visit first, esp. in summer--MUGGY AND BUGGY!!!
Dearly, your trees are losing their leaves because of the lack of rain....not pollution. No rain or water = fewere and fewer mosquitoes. Besides, if you think the air quality is so bad, why would you want to add pesticide to the equation for mosquitoes? Or, are you not aware that chemicals cause lymphoma....a deadly type of cancer??
SongofJoy57

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Aug 19, 2007
 
dearly07 wrote:
I hope you like mosquitos? With the water and heat in the summer--LOTS AND LOTS OF THEM. I do not understand why there isn't a mosquito control program like most towns? You really cannot be outside in the summer from about 4 pm- 10 pm. It is like nothing I've ever seen and I've lived all over the US. The air quality IS bad, very bad....I have trees losing leaves in ealy August simply from Air Pollution--I've checked on this to make sure. But, Hickory IS good "on paper", meaning, it IS quaint, cheap, services abound but, it is a place I am already looking to leave as I can see the community as a whole, doesn't seem to stress these specific issues that matter to me for quality of life and raising my child. Think it over and DO visit first, esp. in summer--MUGGY AND BUGGY!!!
Get some Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil and rub it on you and your baby before you go out to sit. It keeps them away! I promise. ;~)

As for Hickory ...I moved from the NC mountains in 1975 ...It has gradually become my home, and I like it here. It took a little adjusting of course ...but I have to agree that once you acclimate, it is a good place to live. Like one of the above bloggers said ... close to the mountains, and close to modern conveniences. I now live at the foot of Baker's Mountain in the Mountain View area, and am very satisfied with my choice. God has blessed me with a good job, and the opportunity to help others find jobs and get educations. There are some good people who live here ...(bad ones too, but that goes for everywhere.) The resources and services are plentiful ...and I hope you adjust well, and welcome to Catawba County!
dearly07

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Aug 19, 2007
 
Just to clarify more; the mosquito control measures of which I am speaking involve the use of biological control methods to reduce the mosquito population in order to decrease the risk of mosquito-borne disease and the nuisance. What normally happens is; female mosquitoes and blood samples from house sparrows (a natural indicator of mosquito-transmitted disease) are tested for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), and West Nile Virus (WNV). This is BY FAR to me, much worse than a biological control method and the fact I've only NOT used DEET to control the biting and don't plan to. I am concerned and aware of the use of pollutants and problems with the environment as much as anyone, may be more. The program controls immature and adult mosquitoes by seeking out and eliminating breeding sites and by using biological controls not, necessarily insecticides. Those would be a "last resort" method if controls were not met and disease sprung up and was becoming a problem. It would be a more simple method to try and reduce the breeding and, it would be a start. And, I am very aware of standing or stagnant water-I look daily to make sure. Plus, I have used everything I could find short of using DEET just so I can sit in my yard. I do realize (obviously) it is hot all over, and it greatly contributes to the premature loss of leaves (no brainer). But, it is also HOT because of global warming and ozone problems( I think Hickory has been on Orange alert for some time now?) so, it all plays a factor, of course, and people understand that, including me. I guess I'll be more specific if I post again....but, don't think all of this needs to be explained; there's good and bad everywhere, of course. And, Hickory has a lot to offer, no doubt. I was just putting the "con" out there just as I would appreciate it if I wanted to know pros and cons. Those were just two things I wasn't expecting when I finally decided to move here, that's all. There's no need to defend mosquitoes and the heat; Hickory is a great town all on it's own.
Kex

Lenoir, NC

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Aug 24, 2007
 
Hickory is slowly becoming a nice place to live. With your career, you should do well here, and you will have plenty of options for housing you could only dream of affording in Chicago.

Keep in mind, though, Hickory is a relatively small, Southern city. It's growing so quickly, however, that neighboring towns (Newton, Granite Falls, Hudson, Sawmills and Lenoir) may one day be absorbed into a Hickory metro area.

The people here are nice, as the South is known for, but you will lose a lot of the perks of living in a big city, such as exotic or specialty products at the grocery store, fewer ethnic restaurants and stores, delayed availability of emerging services and technologies, much less choice in electricity, cable, and phone service providers, etc.. But for the cost of living, and slower-paced lifestyle, IMO, it's well worth it.

As a side note, you'll never find as many pickup trucks per capita as you will in Western NC. Just an observation.

Enjoy the area!
joann

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Aug 25, 2007
 
anyone know of a home for sale around grace chapel - waterfront. if so would love to buy house of there. email me hope1589@optonline.net thanks.
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Sep 20, 2007
 
I'm considering moving from NY/Long Island to the Hickory area next year. I'm still young enough to need to work. My son is 11 years old and will need to go to school.
My questions to people that live in the area are these: I'm not a home schooler thus public school is where my son will attend, what schools are ok and which should I stay away from (helps me when searching for a home)? I'm in the administrative field/sales, how difficult is it to find a job in these towns surrounding Hickory?
Harrisburg Pawn Shop

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Sep 20, 2007
 
We moved to Hickory in March. Viewmont is lovely. It is a wonderful community with some of the friendliest and considerate folks I have ever met. Before we made the desicion to relocate our business, I had a difficult time dealing with the folks and traffic near the mall (Hwy 70). As we explored the rest of the city and the communities that surrounded we found that Viewmont had the type of qualities one could compare to Nieman Marcus customer service. Harrisburg Music and Trading Company moved here in March and we have loved it ever since. If you decide to move come visit us!

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