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  1. slm

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    Are either of these cities one would consider living. There are some potential issues coming with my practice here in MO so I am starting to look around. There are job opportunities (not sure how good) in these two cities. Would appreciate anyone's thoughts.
     
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    I live 20 miles from Hickory. PM me if you need more info on jobs / opportunities.
     
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    Hickory is in a better spot long term due to being an hour away from Charlotte. New Bern is very nice, lots of history (was the capital of NC in the 1700s), but basically has to fend for itself being stuck out in the middle of nowhere. It's fairly popular among retirees due to lots of positive recent press, but there is always the threat of hurricanes. Unless your practice deals primarily with retirees, I would lean towards Hickory, as it's bigger than New Bern and isn't too far from a major city, plus less severe weather and the mountains are only an hour away.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I am a cardiovascular surgeon, so I do deal a lot with older population.
     
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    Poor bastard! ;-) Here's to hoping I never have to see you professionally!
     
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  8. slm

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    Amen brother!!!
     
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    Not sure about either of those two, but my friend is a private practice dermatologist and loves Wilmington, NC and it's not that far from New Bern.
     
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    Redneck options in my opinion. Hard to tell from your profile but sounds like you are in Springfield MO. i do not think you would be happy in Hickory nor New Bern.
     
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    My 59yr old sister who was born & raised in NY , then lived in LA , has been living in Hickory for 20yrs with her family. She eventually adapted and is very much pleased with the life , community & friends now . I think their home is in a gated enclave.
    Good luck
     
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    New Bern is pretty small. I will be there this weekend to drop off a child at camp nearby. Definitely a bit remote for a cardiovascular surgery practice.
     
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    My cardio ,Cabg,was done at Fry. And the surgeon rom Hky...five years ago,so far so good..did a half and a 10k or two since but oh gawd the time..but did it,finished it was the big thing..swim still 30 min twice a week just the best."But Doc said he’d get me back on the bike for one more tri..ain’t gonna do it..maybe not his fault.
    Listen to DrStrange for area advice..he’s been around these parts almost as long as I have..and knows the lay of the medica.l lands ..his dad a doc a hundred years..me I’m just a commoner. But I know where Fry is.."
    Do be aware offices being grabbed up by big hospitals all over NC...but you knew that,right? A long time ago,right?
    All in all,this is nice place part of the world..tad Becky..that’s with a N...Mark meadows is from here and he may just barely be conservative enuff..good luck on your search. Cheers,RE
     
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    Wow. Hate to this of your opinion of where I live now. We actually prefer smaller Redneck towns. ‍♀️
     
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    We recently moved from Beaufort, NC. Make sure you are willing to possibly loose everything in a hurricane if in New Bern. We built an awesome coastal home we thought we would retire in only to realize the risk is not worth it.


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    New Bern's recruitment is on hold so that is off the table.
     
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    We moved from FT Lauderdale after 12 years of boats and houses on the water. I was always prepared to have it wiped out. Having a business or practice in a hurricane zone is something I'd think twice about. It's nice to not be watching the weather so closely but I love the water.
     
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    I'm new to NC and live in Asheville. I've lived a bunch of places and NC offers more diversity of towns than any place I've been. Two towns five miles apart can have completely different personalities and attributes. Draw a circle around Hickory that represents what you're willing to commute and there are probably more choices than you might think.
     
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    Steve is not kidding. I have two friends that built or were half way through building beach houses in SC only to find insurance was so bad they had to abandon the projects. They are not poor and I do not know the details but something about new construction so there was some "grandfather clause" in insurance rates they could not take advantage of.
     
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    The whole insurance thing in coastal communities is a real issue. I elected not to insure in FT Lauderdale. It was a lot even with lousy deductibles on a home that was current hurricane code. Plus, I don't know what the reinsurance looked like on the primary provider but I doubt if a CAT 5 solidly hit SoFla they could cover the loses. The reserves were lousy IIRC.
    Maybe coastal SC is a different situation but I doubt it.
     
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    It’s not that bad. But I wish it was and all of these people moving here would leave.
     
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