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My mom is considering moving to the Statesville area in North Carolina this summer or fall. We are planning a trip to check the area out but I thought I'd see if anyone here knows the area. If you do, what were your impressions of it? My mom is looking for a fairly small town environment. She lives outside Harrisburg PA now and is unhappy with the constant buildup that's been going on for the past twenty five years. The great thing about the area she's in now is that it's pretty close to a lot of big cities so she can enjoy the benefits of both the small town and the city at the same time. I'm under the impression that Statesville is within range of Charlotte and Winston-Salem. Anyway, sorry to run on so long but I would really appreciate it if anyone who knows the area could chime in with some observations or descriptions.

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I was there twice on my way to and from SC in October last year. Seemed like a very nice, typical southern town. I-77 practically runs right through it. JB's Cigar right off the interstate is really cool. 8)
 

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You will definitely learn the difference between 'rednecks' and 'nice country people'. The nice country people are always friendly, never rude and when they speak, they speak with intelligence. Rednecks are rude and say some of the dumbest things. In my job I see a lot of both and I'm amazed at the depth of cruelty and ignorance some people display when they tell me how they treat their pets. On the other side of the coin, many surprise me with their depth of caring and their generosity. Unfortunately racism is still alive and well here, so start growing that thick skin now. Most people are not openly hostile with their bigotry, but being a white woman I have had a few people say some pretty horrible things about other people to me under their breath and with a wink like I'm supposed to 'know what they mean'. The woodlands and wild places around here are beautiful. In the mountains of NC you will still see some winter weather, but not like up north. The water straight from the tap tastes good. And, best of all, you will be able to buy Cheerwine, the nectar of the gods! If you haven't had this wonderful beverage, get some as soon as you get here. It's heaven in a 20oz. bottle!
 

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No no, not at all. I've just noticed a stark contrast between the classes, I guess. People seem to be more vocal here. I did not see much racism when I lived in Michigan, but there is more here. It's the south. There are some strange laws here. It only became legal to get a tattoo in this state last year. Most counties will not sell alcohol on Sundays. There are more people here that are very vocal about religion. Most attempts at opening an 'adult video' store here are immediately quashed. Those that do manage to get the approval and permits to open are protested out of existence shortly after opening. There are a LOT of churches.

Ah, but I'm going on about the negative stuff again. I guess I'm biased because I don't really like it here. I miss Michigan really bad.

You'll really be impressed by the beauty of the forests and mountains in NC. I got lost on Hwy. 11 one night after a rain shower and the smell of the pine trees was so good I had to roll down the window to take it in and I wasn't in any hurry to get back to the road I had missed. Also the weather is cooler in NC than it is here in SC. Statesville is far enough inland for hurricanes to not be much of a danger, even if a big enough one hits that can really wreck the coast. The beaches are nice, though. They also have a lot of places where you can go to a gemstone mine, buy buckets of dirt from it and sift it for raw gems. I know that sounds like a weird thing to do, but try it, it's fun. If you smoke, you'll be happy to find out cigarettes are very cheap in the Carolinas. Most restaraunts down here will give you sweet tea when you order just tea. Textiles are a big business here and there are a lot of textile plants to work in if you like factory work.

Sorry if I gave you the impression that people here are not good people. There are plenty of them. I work in retail so I remember the rude ones more than the nice ones, really.
 
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