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Odysseus32
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Boise, ID
Member since Dec 2009
6093 posts

Greensboro(NC) vs Akron(OH) vs Columbus(OH)

I've run the numbers, we are making a decision within 2 days.

I need the patented OT cynicism and propensity to speak in absolutes.

We don't care much about the food scene, we have scaled our drinking wayyyyy back, we don't have kids, and our top priority is to buy a house on a couple acres.

Have at it


member12
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Bob's Country Bunker
Member since May 2008
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Greensboro(NC) vs Akron(OH) vs Columbus(OH)


Columbus.

Intel is making that a hot city for the next 20 years. Buy before they get there.


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concrete_tiger
Member since May 2020
3926 posts

Do you have family in Ohio?

Why would anyone move to Ohio otherwise?

You're welcome.


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RoyalAir
US Space Force Fan
Detroit
Member since Dec 2012
4680 posts

Columbus.

The winters aren't great, but the other three seasons are awesome. It's an underrated city with a ton to do, and a good place to raise a family.

Spent a lot of time there as a kid, and it really is a fun town.


tadman
Chicago Cubs Fan
NOLA
Member since Jun 2020
1769 posts

I know little of Greensboro other than it is in a growing state with good weather, I'd seriously consider it.

C-bus is nice. Akron is rust belt. If you don't work in steel or affiliated trades, don't bother. Although it's probably the cheapest of the three by far.

I know a guy that has a few acres in Sebring (nearby) and he likes it, but he's got a job that keeps him there. He'd probably be in Hilton Head otherwise.


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High C
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viewing the fall....
Member since Nov 2012
47456 posts

D) none of the above


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fallguy_1978
LSU Fan
Best States #50
Member since Feb 2018
41314 posts

Columbus could probably get pretty pricey for a house with a couple of acres though. Greensboro is an ok city but that area of NC is pretty cool. Not too far from Raleigh, Charlotte, beaches, mountains

I'd go:

Columbus
Greensboro



Akron


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dewster
LSU Fan
Chicago
Member since Aug 2006
23120 posts

I have only been to Greensboro a few times and I liked it.

Akron is more of an old school rustbelt city. We looked closely at moving to the area in 2019 and I'm glad we didn't. It's cheaper to live there, but the weather is worse than in Columbus and it's too close to Cleveland for my liking.

I've spent a lot of time in Columbus, and I was very impressed. Not sure how viable 2 acres are there now that they are getting the semiconductor companies. Costs of living will be higher than the other places. It's the polar opposite of Cincy and Cleveland. It's a predominantly white collar city, and politically mixed. Columbus would be my choice. My wife likes the shopping there and they have a solid restaurant scene. It's sort of like Austin in the midwest, but less forced/fake. The New Albany area is about to explode with growth. But the Dublin area is very nice and traffic isn't too bad. People are sort of friendly.
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massiveattack
North Carolina Fan
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Member since Oct 2010
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Columbus is probably the nicest of those three.

But you could live halfway between Akron and Cleveland and be 20 minutes from each of those. Cleveland is much nicer that people give it credit for. (tough winters though, not worth it for a lot of people)

Probably pass on Greensboro although NC>OH
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goofball
Navy Fan
Member since Mar 2015
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Greensboro(NC) vs Akron(OH) vs Columbus(OH)


Columbus if you can afford it. It's still affordable for now, but it's going to explode over the next decade - especially the north eastern side.

I'd avoid Akron unless you really want to get your hands on a lot of land. Northeastern Ohio gets crazy winter weather because of the proximity to Lake Erie.

I like Greensboro, but North Carolina is filling up with damn yankees.


lsudat10
LSU Fan
Lexington, KY
Member since Mar 2010
2234 posts

I live in Lexington, KY, not too far from Columbus. I would love there in a heartbeat if I had to move.

Greensboro don’t know much about.

Akron, L O L might as well live in north Baton Rouge


VADawg
Atlanta Braves Fan
Wherever
Member since Nov 2011
37273 posts

Columbus by a mile. Very, very underrated city and property values there should continue to skyrocket.

It's a large metro in the Midwest that has gained a ton of population in a region where most large metro are losing population. There's a reason for that.

ETA: I've spent time in Akron in my life. That city is an absolute shithole. It's like a trailer park with 200,000 people. I know for a fact that at least a few years ago, the University of Akron's automated text messenger would send frequent texts about students getting robbed and mugged walking home from class.
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frequent flyer
LSU Fan
USA
Member since Jul 2021
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quote:

Greensboro(NC) vs Akron(OH) vs Columbus(OH)


Columbus is my vote, but I'd change it to rural areas outside Akron if you want a lot of land or more rural living.

If you choose Columbus - pick a spot north of I-70. If you can find 2 acres between New Albany and Newark, go for it. That area is going to increase in value substantially over the next few years. There will be a lot more traffic, but more amenities too.

That area is ground zero for the old Trump era initiative to on-shore semiconductor production and design:

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Intel wants to add a new Licking County factory "every year or two," CEO says


LINK
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frequent flyer
LSU Fan
USA
Member since Jul 2021
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Akron, L O L might as well live in north Baton Rouge


It's not that bad, and the OP can certainly get far more for his money outside Akron/Canton than in Columbus.

It's certainly much better than Youngsville.... not that Akron is very good. It's pretty easy to get to from Canton or other rural areas nearby, but I'd stay far away from Cleveland. If he wants a lot of land, moving south of Akron might be a solid choice.

The weather will be better the farther away from the lake he gets. Akron/Canton has their own airport too.


OP: Have you visited all of these areas? What did you/your spouse think? What's important to you?


frequent flyer
LSU Fan
USA
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I live in Lexington, KY, not too far from Columbus.


Lexington still has those green belts to prevent sprawl?

Might be hard to find affordable 2-3 acres of land outside town there. But otherwise that's a cool city if you can find employment there.


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NCTigerFan
LSU Fan
North Carolina
Member since Nov 2007
329 posts

I can't speak to the other two, but I live in the country just outside of Greensboro (work in town) and like it here. If you plopped Greensboro down in another state, there probably wouldn't be much to recommend it over any other town. But I love, love, LOVE its proximity to other places, and we take full advantage of it. It really is amazing how much there is to do within a ~3 hours drive from here. Beach, mountains, rivers, lakes, Asheville/Boone, Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville SC, etc. There are too many diverse experiences to have within easy reach to ever get bored. And then being in town day-to-day isn't bad either. Food scene is good and growing (WAY better than when I moved here 15 years ago). Traffic isn't a problem. I'm being treated for cancer and have found the health care system to be good, even with Covid shortages, etc. We have enjoyed several performances at the new performance arts center downtown. There are 4 seasons, none of which is particularly extreme. (People here complain about it being hot in the summer, but having grown up with the humidity in Baton Rouge, I do not.) I don't really have any complaints. One caveat: I know nothing about the public schools. Kid is in private school and we never explored public.

ETA: Since posting this, I've been thinking about what makes me stop short of saying that I *love* Greensboro. I think it's that I see it as a nice, vanilla town that lacks any real cultural identity. Being a native of and still very much emotionally attached to South Louisiana, I miss that.
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OchoDedos
LSU Fan
Republic of Texas
Member since Oct 2014
28173 posts

Greensboro easily. Akron and Columbus are armpits in the Winter. Greensboro is on the Piedmont Plateau, and it's beautiful.


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VolsOut4Harambe
Atlanta Braves Fan
Atlanta, GA
Member since Sep 2017
11749 posts

Greensboro isn't much to write home about... 4th best metro area in the state. But only an hour and a half from either Charlotte or Raleigh by car or train.


TigerDeacon
Wake Forest Fan
West Monroe, LA
Member since Sep 2003
28048 posts

Greensboro


It's nice have seasons without the extremes of further north or south.


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Niner
Auburn Fan
Member since Apr 2019
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I have never met someone from Greensboro that didn't love it, and I've met a lot of folks from there.

I know nothing about Columbus or Akron.


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