Advice on moving to Hickory, NC
Xioung

Newton, NC

#86 Jan 10, 2009
Move to Casar...Hickory sucks, to much violence and gangs everywhere. People get shot, robbed, killed and raped everyday here. You would think it was Charlotte the way the crime rate is.
forward looking

Santa Ynez, CA

#87 Jan 11, 2009
Loopy wrote:
I don't know of any lake condos for short term rent.
Will anyone in your family be working? I ask that because there are tons of nice areas to live and you might wish to be near the workplace. Anywhere near the lake, especially just after crossing the 321 bridge to Lenoir. There are a lot of nice homes in that area. That would be the southern end of Caldwell County.
Thank you for the response, no we will not be working. Our children will be in high school. We are interested in a safe a little more upscale area which will be for the long term. We are into golfing and would like to be at least close enough to use the golf cart to and from. If anything is close to both the lake and golf that would be ideal but not a deal breaker.
Thanks again.
forward looking

Santa Ynez, CA

#88 Jan 11, 2009
Xioung wrote:
Move to Casar...Hickory sucks, to much violence and gangs everywhere. People get shot, robbed, killed and raped everyday here. You would think it was Charlotte the way the crime rate is.
Where is Casar? are there anyother areas locally you would recommend for retirement, and good shopping close by.
Thanks
momof3

Travelers Rest, SC

#89 Jan 11, 2009
Check out Oliver's Landing as it is on the lake and on a golf course. It is located in Bethlehem which is Alexander County. It is a short 5-10 min drive to Hickory.Also you could try Moore's Ferry which is in Hickory on the lake.
Loopy

Fayetteville, NC

#90 Jan 11, 2009
forward looking wrote:
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Thank you for the response, no we will not be working. Our children will be in high school. We are interested in a safe a little more upscale area which will be for the long term. We are into golfing and would like to be at least close enough to use the golf cart to and from. If anything is close to both the lake and golf that would be ideal but not a deal breaker.
Thanks again.
My primary concern would be the high school. If at all possible, you will want to keep your children away from Hickory High School...lots of gang activity there.
Lookingtomove2

United States

#91 Apr 18, 2012
Christine, I am also considering the move to hickory. I was there last weekend visiting the area and was pleased. Go to www. Trulia. Com to look at homes. At the bottom of the page for each home it shows a map with school info, crimes for that area, and amenities. I have found it to be very helpful. Good luck and maybe we will run into each other sometime.
Christine wrote:
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?
lizzy

Aurora, OH

#92 May 20, 2012
jameson wrote:
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.
What grade for schools? we are looking into moving there? christian schooling an option?
Marla McCutcheon

Los Angeles, CA

#94 Oct 29, 2012
My husband wants to move to Hickory within 2 years. We now live in Orange County California. I'm concerned that the community is small and it may be a huge adjustment. In addition, I have a special needs son and am concerned that we may have a hard time finding service for ADHD and behavioral issues. He presently goes to a special school equipped to handle special children. In addition, our children are adopted and are African American. Is there a prejudice or class distinction in the area. I like activity and am wondering if we will be stifled there. Our land is beautiful and on a lake and we can build a beautiful home for what we sell in California. Any advice?
Curious

Granite Falls, NC

#95 Oct 31, 2012
Marla, Hickory is definitely smaller and in my opinion, doesn't have a lot going for it. I come from a bigger city and really find this area boring and mundane. There's a couple of "parks," the mall, restaurants, and few shops. It's great if you want a smaller, decently quiet area to put down roots in. If you're wanting more activity and variety, I'd look elsewhere. We're currently saving up so we can move out of this area next year - we have a son and feel that there is really no opportunity here.

Considering your son's needs, have you looked at Asheville, NC? They have great health/medical options and has some great naturopathic practitioners, and is a community that embraces healthy eating, exercise, etc. It is a college-type town, with a nice downtown area that always has life. Lots of shops, great scenery, and tons of parks - you're in the mountains, so it's always amazingly beautiful!
really

United States

#96 Oct 31, 2012
Curious wrote:
Marla, Hickory is definitely smaller and in my opinion, doesn't have a lot going for it. I come from a bigger city and really find this area boring and mundane. There's a couple of "parks," the mall, restaurants, and few shops. It's great if you want a smaller, decently quiet area to put down roots in. If you're wanting more activity and variety, I'd look elsewhere. We're currently saving up so we can move out of this area next year - we have a son and feel that there is really no opportunity here.

Considering your son's needs, have you looked at Asheville, NC? They have great health/medical options and has some great naturopathic practitioners, and is a community that embraces healthy eating, exercise, etc. It is a college-type town, with a nice downtown area that always has life. Lots of shops, great scenery, and tons of parks - you're in the mountains, so it's always amazingly beautiful!
Asheville is much better option. Less crime, better schools, very diverse culturally, great medical options and many entertainment options. Plus the area is beautiful mtn setting
if you must move to here

Georgetown, OH

#98 Nov 4, 2012
the crime is bad all over town, and my secret lover drinks and drives all the time even though shes had three dui"s this year alone, she also works in a nursing home in hickory and steels money all the time from those old people, right linda? i owne a car lot here in hickory so ya all came and buy a car so i can give linda money for her drugs,lmao @ her.
tab

Eugene, OR

#99 Jan 28, 2013
we are looking into relocating to Hickory. We have three kids along with modest income. I have been researching the area. i have concerns about schools, crime, along drug issues? We currently live in Oregon where not much to do no where really to go. Any and all information would be wonderful.
Gmarlowe

Boone, NC

#100 Feb 23, 2013
We are possibly moving to the Hickory area at the end of the school area. I need advice on which high schools are the best for our family. Advice on areas to look in for a home would help, too. Txs
Mom

Boone, NC

#101 Feb 23, 2013
Advice on where to look for quiet area with a strong high school? Low crime, good values and churche
restorehopeas1

Miami, FL

#102 Jul 2, 2013
ddlove wrote:
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

Hi Dawn, I am also born & raised in the Chicago area however 13 yrs ago I moved to South Florida because of work. However, the weather here is dreadfully hot and I was recently diagnosed with MS. Can you tell me how it is going for you in Hickory? I am looking into the Hickory, Hudson, Granite Falls & Lenoir areas. We have vacationed in Boone several times but vacation is much different than living somewhere. I would love to hear your insight. Thanks, Liset
restorehopeas1

Miami, FL

#103 Jul 2, 2013
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!!
Hello, I am also born & raised in the Chicago area however 13 yrs ago I moved to South Florida because of work. However, the weather here is dreadfully hot and I was recently diagnosed with MS. Can you tell me how it is going for you in Hickory? I am looking into the Hickory, Hudson, Granite Falls & Lenoir areas. We have vacationed in Boone several times but vacation is much different than living somewhere. I would love to hear your insight. Thanks, Liset
advice

Charlotte, NC

#104 Jul 3, 2013
restorehopeas1 wrote:
<quoted text>Hello, I am also born & raised in the Chicago area however 13 yrs ago I moved to South Florida because of work. However, the weather here is dreadfully hot and I was recently diagnosed with MS. Can you tell me how it is going for you in Hickory? I am looking into the Hickory, Hudson, Granite Falls & Lenoir areas. We have vacationed in Boone several times but vacation is much different than living somewhere. I would love to hear your insight. Thanks, Liset
One bit of advice I can offer as you consider your move is the towns you mentioned are geographically the same area but totally different in terms of living quality. Hickory is a growing, diversified and progressive city that offers a more stable housing/employment market. Education levels tend to be higher and the city offers a broad variety of activities and services. A totally different living environment compared to Lenoir/Hudson/Granite. Boone is also a wonderful town however the cost of housing is much higher than the other towns mentioned. It is a diverse town with much to see and do. Employment is very limited with jobs basically limited to App State, the medical center or retail positions. Very limited tech or manufacturing jobs., Lenoir/Hudson/Granite was rated recently by Wall St . com as one of the five saddest places in the US to live. Furniture industry moved overseas leaving the towns with record high unemployment, a very low education level on avg and a very unstable housing market. The sense of entitlement there is unequalled by any place I have ever witnessed. The towns mentioned are not a happy place to live and unfortunately no hope is on the horizon.. Hickory or Boone either one are great places to live and raise a family. The others I would avoid like the plague. But that just my experiences. Good luck with your move. Also Asheville would be a great place to check out, about an hour away but a world away in quality of living.
jim

Sanford, NC

#105 Jul 3, 2013
I live in Granite Falls. I moved here three years ago from NY. The people are nice and it is a nice place to live. It is one town north of Hickory and the neighborhood is better then hickory regarding crime. You also may get a better deal on a house then Hickory since the area is hard hit by the economy as mentioned above. It all depends on what your needs are. If your job field is not in manufacturing then you will be good. If you want more of a city style then hickory is what you want. If country is then Granite Falls is nice. You need to come see for yourself. I suggest renting for a while and look around and decide later on a more permanent place.
advice

Greensboro, NC

#106 Jul 3, 2013
jim wrote:
I live in Granite Falls. I moved here three years ago from NY. The people are nice and it is a nice place to live. It is one town north of Hickory and the neighborhood is better then hickory regarding crime. You also may get a better deal on a house then Hickory since the area is hard hit by the economy as mentioned above. It all depends on what your needs are. If your job field is not in manufacturing then you will be good. If you want more of a city style then hickory is what you want. If country is then Granite Falls is nice. You need to come see for yourself. I suggest renting for a while and look around and decide later on a more permanent place.
Jim is right, granite is better than lenoir/Hudson area in general, esp the lower part of granite.. I should not have totally grouped granite with the other areas of Caldwell Co. I also tend to group sawmills and granite as one and sawmills has the highest crime rate of any local incorporated towns in the area. Even though they are some nice areas blended in I would suggest avoiding Caldwell Co in general except maybe granite.. Hudson has it's good areas but property taxes are crazy high there and again the area in general is hit hard economically.. Like any place, all have good and bad but granite to hickory by far is better choice if focused on the unifour area.
jlh79

Charlotte, NC

#108 May 29, 2015
My husband is being transferred from Augusta, Ga. We have 3 children so schools are a definite factor that are concerned about. Can anyone tell me what area would be one to consider concerning school and also the cost of rent. Were looking at hopefully not having to pay more than 750-800 monthly in rent.

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