Anyone from NC?

GE / Eng SuperWario
May 31, 2018 11 Comments

I presently live in Chicago and got an offer near Raleigh for $145K base + 15% Bonus + $10K sign on. No relocation though. Is it a good offer for NC to lead a comfortable life for a single-earner family?

I do see a lot of news about water / air pollution in NC by many industries. What's your take on that? Thanks!

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  • Amazon Snapcrackl
    Near Raleigh where, specifically? Cary? RTP? Chapel Hill?
    Jun 1, 2018 2
    • GE / Eng SuperWario
      OP
      Durham / RTP area. Not downtown Raleigh.
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Amazon Snapcrackl
      Love Durham. A friend just bought a nice property in the nicest area of Durham, leveled the existing house, and is building a new one for under 300k

      Edited to add:
      Also, traffic isn’t really a thing there, you can go to Durham bulls games for super cheap, everything else is cheap (e.g., a craft pint is maybe $5), you’re a couple hours from the beach and mountains, and there are a ton of colleges/universities in the state. Summer is hot and sticky, but everywhere has AC, and winter rarely dumps more than a dusting of snow.
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Uber / Eng ulhfrhe
    You’ll do fine but I’d ask for more.

    Do you want to live downtown or in a house?
    May 31, 2018 1
  • Apple / Eng cho Chang
    RSUs and signing bonus?
    May 31, 2018 1
    • GE / Eng SuperWario
      OP
      No RSUs. ESPP @ 20%. $10k sign-on.
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng Ex Machina
    Well if it's an increase then the homes in Raleigh are definitely cheaper. You can get a nice place for around 300k probably. Which sounds doable on 167k a year.

    I know there are a lot of hog farms in NC but Raleigh seems really clean and we'll put together to me. Decent food scene from all the hipsters. Couple hour drives to outer Banks and Asheville. I'd do it, but I love Raleigh and ha e debated moving there myself.
    May 31, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng ulhfrhe
      You need to drive more than an hour towards the coast to get near hog farms. Smithfield is the closest but more hog farms are about 1 hour further towards the coast.

      Outer banks is nice, but can be pricey. That’s why I’d ask for more.

      The other good vacation option in NC is lake houses.

      The main problem with Raleigh is urban sprawl. They’ve built well past 540. Quality of life is good between 540 and 440 but best just ITB.
      May 31, 2018
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng Ex Machina
    Sounds good for raliegh I visit frequently. Check out the homes on redfin as that will dictate most of your expenses.

    How many yoe?
    Are you taking a hit to go there?
    Do you mind sharing the company?
    May 31, 2018 1
    • GE / Eng SuperWario
      OP
      8yoe. About 10% base increase.
      May 31, 2018