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Pros and Cons of Living in Fayetteville, NC

fayetteville-nc-downtown Written by Marquette Carney

Fayetteville N.C is one of those sleeper cities that not too many people know about (unless you’re a J.Cole fan). 

And yet, people who move here tend to stay for quite some time. This got me curious so I put on my detective hat to find every pro and con this city has to offer. 

So if you’re curious about the city, make sure to pay close attention to what I’m about to tell you. 

(and if you do decide to move to Fayetteville, here are the top realtors in the area)

Con #5, You’ll sweat a lot (even if you don’t work out).

Do you like sweating through your clothes?

If you don’t, you might want to rethink moving to Fayetteville. The summer months here can be brutal. 

It’s not that it gets extremely hot in the city. It’s what accompanies the heat that will have you wanting to get baptized just to cool off. 

Because the main thing people in this city truly despise is…

The humidity.

For those of you who’ve never experienced that down south humidity, consider yourself lucky. Because it’s something that scars you for life. 

If that doesn’t sway you, at least promise me that you’ll wear deodorant

Con #4, You’ll be Imprisoned in your Car. 

Unlike some other cities, there’s no interstate in Fayetteville to help with the constant flow of vehicles driving anxiously to get to work. 

So the traffic here can get pretty bad. 

But don’t worry, being in traffic gives you the perfect opportunity to ponder why it’s so hot in Fayetteville. 

Really, I want answers. 

(btw, if you rather watch the video version of this post, I’ve included it below).

Con #3, You’ll have to Grow a Money Tree.

You know how some cities have so much opportunity that people from all over try their hardest to move there?

Fayetteville is not one of those. 

You’ll need to find other creative ways to make a good income in this city (like start a life of crime…).

The job market here only grows at a rate of about 1% annually making it an unwise choice for anyone in search of opportunity. 

However, if you happen to be in the military, then that changes a little. More on that in a bit. 

Con #2, You’ll be Forced to Listen to a PTSD Soundtrack.

You may not know this, but Fayetteville is a military town (it’s the home of Fort Bragg). 

And if you’ve never lived in one of those, there’s something you need to know…

They make A LOT of noise. 

At random parts of the day, you’ll likely hear jets flying overhead, explosives, and even artillery fire from a distance. 

This makes the sweet city not ideal for those looking for a little bit of peace and quiet. 

And if you think the solution is to just plug your ears, think again. Because in Fayetteville, you’ll need to be on high alert. And that’s due to…

Con #1, Fayetteville is a War Zone.

That might be a tad bit hyperbolic. 

But there is A LOT of crime in Fayetteville (which is why residents often refer to is as “Fayettenam”…people get really creative when there aren’t many opportunities for work in their city).

And now for the biggest con of all. 

Fayetteville, like any city, has its good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods. But in Fayetteville, there is A LOT of crime. 

Depending on which neighborhood you live in, your day to day could resemble an episode of “The Wire”. 

Seriously, at the time of this writing, homicide is up 30% since last year.

So unless you plan on walking around with a bulletproof vest, I’d stay away from some of the rougher neighborhoods in Fayetteville. 

Ok, now that we got all of the bad stuff out of the way, let’s see if there are any redeemable pros about Fayetteville. 

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Pro #5, Fayetteville is Close to many Cooler (and safer) Places.

One thing enjoyed by Fayetteville residents is how it’s conveniently located to other attractions. 

This city is just a few hours away from beaches such as myrtle beach and the Outerbanks. 

But if you’re looking for a different type of experience, it’s also just a few hours’ drive away from the blue ridge mountains.  

Making it an ideal location for those looking for an adventure. 

Pro #4, Fayetteville is the Birthplace of Uncle Sam.

Ok, you got me. That’s completely false. 

Uncle Sam was really born in Tacoma, WA… (don’t look that up). 

But what Fayetteville does have is an immense amount of patriotism. 

And if you’re one of those people who has the national anthem on your Spotify playlist, then you’ll love this about the city.  

Fort Bragg most likely is the main reason this patriotic culture in Fayetteville exists.

It’s commonplace to see a large number of American flags all over this city, so if you desire to be around people who love this country, there’s no better place. 

Pro #3, No AA Meetings.

IPA lovers rejoice. 

Because one of the things that are changing about Fayetteville is its growing beer scene. 

Fayetteville is home to the Bright light brewing company, the Mash house brewing company, and the Gaston brewing company, making it perfect for beer enthusiasts. 

And having a cold beer in hand pairs perfectly with this next pro to living in Fayetteville.

(btw, you’d have to be drunk to not take advantage of these first-time homebuyer programs). 

Pro #2, It’s ok to Keep a Weapon on you (if that weapon is a golf club).

This may be surprising to hear, but one of the main selling points behind moving to Fayetteville is its gorgeous golf courses. 

This city has 19 miles of fairways and 4 courses that were created by famous course designers. 

So if you fancy yourself to be the next Tiger Woods, you should definitely check out these courses. 

Not to mention golf clubs make the perfect weapon to fend off the muggers in the area. 

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Pro, #1 There are many Different People (and robbers) in this City.

One of the best things about Fayetteville is the huge amount of diversity that you’ll find in the city. 

The military base brings in people from many different backgrounds to the area, effectively making the city a more vibrant place. 

One of the main benefits of this is the international cuisine that people in the city love to rave about. 

You’ll be able to enjoy foods from literally any culture imaginable. 

And one of the best times to enjoy the diversity in this city is in September. Because that’s when Fayetteville holds its annual folk fest, which is an event that celebrates the diversity of the city.

So if you’ve got your ancestry results ready and want to join in on the fun, you’ll definitely have a good time in Fayetteville at this time of year. 

So what’s the verdict?

Ok, so we’ve dug out all of the pros and cons of this city. And to be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re now more confused than you were before you read this article. 

The biggest things you need to consider are the crime rate and career opportunities. 

If you’re someone who works remotely and has enough money to move to a higher-scale area, then there’s nothing wrong with moving to Fayetteville. 

However, if you’re looking to move to Fayetteville because you’re looking for a change, then I suggest rethinking things. 

Just something to consider.

Until next time!


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