Monday, November 13, 2006

Welcome, y'all!

According to a poll conducted by the Charlotte Observer and WNCN News, the majority of newcomers to the Carolinas state what we already knew: People are friendly here.

The poll, according to the Observer, found that "1 in 5 of the Carolinians interviewed said they considered themselves newcomers."

"Among those newcomers, 57 percent gave their communities high marks for being welcoming," according to the article.

"Here, people definitely seem to have more manners. I'm finding it that way so far, anyway," said Heather Lazette, who moved to Rock Hill from Wilmington in June after living in New Jersey, Colorado, Texas and other states.

Unlike most of her previous homes, neighbors have been active about greeting her and making her feel welcome, she said. "Neighbors will drive by and wave. I just find that particularly friendly," she said.

Poll respondents said a better lifestyle was the most common reason for moving here, with 59 percent naming that as their motivation. The next-highestreason was a job or other economic factor. Being close to other family members came next, and a better climate was fourth.

Francois Brown, a newcomer to the Matthews area, lived in Charlotte for a few years following time in Fayetteville and his upbringing in New York. As he built his house on a private road in Matthews last year, neighbors stopped by during construction to ask how it was going.

"Considering I'm a black man moving into a lot of white neighborhoods, it's been pretty welcoming," he said.

Click here for the rest of the article.


Kevin Brewer said...

This is one of those things that seems like a myth or something silly to boast about until you have lived somewhere else.

Of course, people in the South, namely North Carolina, are nicer. Of course, there is more traffic in big cities. Of course, the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

M. Lail said...

I think it has to do with how you are raised. (And I don't mean that in a "didn't your mama raise your right?" kinda way.) Having visited many big cities, both in the U.S. and in Europe, I don't think it's a situation where people there go out of their way to be unfriendly or mean; they're just not raised to do little things like smile at strangers, hold doors for people or say thank you to service people. It doesn't necessarily make them less friendly or rude ... just different.

Oh, and water is wet.