Better place to be for a career in logistics? Cranberry,NJ; Raleigh, NC or Charlotte, NC

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3 jobs at final CEO interview for VP level roles at ~170k leading distribution and transportation in Cranberry,NJ; Raleigh, NC and Charlotte, NC...

All are PE owned and with mid level risk. I am looking at the "what if" downside... We have never lived in any of the 3 places - we are previously from Texas, California and Florida, currently in Memphis, TN, and all 3 of these look relatively livable and workable. If the downside came true (jobless), what opinions are out there in the 3?

Tired of moving and would like to settle into an area that could support a long term stay strategy of not having to move to find similar paying work with similar (or better) scope...

Interested in the opinions of folks who have been there and stayed or left. Until you are there, you really do not know a market...

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  • Charlotte is Atlanta's younger brother, who wants to be like Atlanta one day. Raleigh is a bit quieter and has more of a small town feel. Charlotte is mainly banks, and some IT shops. The Raleigh Durham area has a small Amazon and Google offices, and more R&D type companies.

    I would recommend Raleigh for both safety and diversity in companies. In addition, Raleigh has more yankee implants and less of a southern feel than almost any other city in the south.
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    • Also, Charlotte is closer to the mountains, Raleigh is closer to the beach, so I would take that into consideration.
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  • Apple glasceilin
    I lived in both locations in NC. Liked them both. Charlotte is more of a real city tho. Raleigh is more of a startup hub like city. Lots of potential but you’re also surrounded by college kids all day. Charlotte is more grown up and has actual sports teams. Lol
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    • T-Mobile / Design 9e72p1nq
      Ahh, so Raleigh is a college sports town (entire focus of the area including main hobbies are relating to 18-23 year olds playing sports, aka, when you go to the dentist the walls are painted the local team colors, decorated with college football/basketball stuff, and everyone is proud to be an alumni of the local popular college)?

      So Charlotte is not like that? Anyone who has lived in a college town knows exactly what I mean - the life of the town is the ball games the kids play each season).
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  • Pivotal Axe Cap
    From NC, family in CLT and currently work in Raleigh. I don't think you can go wrong with either CLT or the Triangle. CLT seems to be more banks which I'd hate to work at, and like Apple said, Raleigh has more startups and a livelier tech scene imo.

    You won't run into tons of college kids unless you go to campus looking for them tbh. If you live in a traditionally "grown up" area like North Raleigh, Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, you'll need to go out of your way (i.e. to campus) to be "surrounded by college kids all day". Plus, the benefit of having UNC and Duke nearby is there will be good talent, which attracts companies. There are plenty of upper management roles in both cities, though.

    If politics matter to you, Raleigh is pretty liberal so that would sit well with most people on apps like this. A lot of companies around here are following the bay area diversity competition to see who can be the most liberal tbh, so you'll be set here.
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  • T-Mobile / Design 9e72p1nq
    What has been the pros and cons with the various places you have lived (Texas, California, Florida, and Memphis TN)?

    Just wondering which place you would live again or not live again.

    What are your thoughts on FL and TX vs trying to live in US southeast?
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    Thanks for the input!
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  • New / Design human😒
    Raleigh is good place for a low key family life. Charlottes a much bigger city so I like it better personally
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