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Unread 07-31-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Default Is the #1 reason for the growth spurt in the south because of low cost of living?

A couple of years ago I moved to Charlotte and have met quite a few transplants here. Lots of them complain about the vanilla culture, lack of amentities, chain restaurants, etc. When I ask them their reasons for moving, the most common answers I get are either cheap housing or lower taxes. Do you think the low cost of living is the primary reason for the population boom in the South or are people really moving here for other reasons? Its not like there is really a booming economy here anymore. Thoughts?
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Unread 07-31-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I hear a lot of people here in Austin say they relocated for the weather, among other things. Many hate cold weather and see it as a reason to move south, to go along with the lower cost of living.
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Unread 07-31-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yes. Cost of living.

You get bigger houses with bigger yards for less.

People seem to like that. No matter how much city data loves density... in the real world people love big houses and big yards
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Unread 07-31-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: North Florida
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A couple of years ago I moved to Charlotte and have met quite a few transplants here. Lots of them complain about the vanilla culture, lack of amentities, chain restaurants, etc. When I ask them their reasons for moving, the most common answers I get are either cheap housing or lower taxes. Do you think the low cost of living is the primary reason for the population boom in the South or are people really moving here for other reasons? Its not like there is really a booming economy here anymore. Thoughts?
I think it's weather & they think that the cost of living is cheaper here... I can't wait to move back up north

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I hear a lot of people here in Austin say they relocated for the weather, among other things. Many hate cold weather and see it as a reason to move south, to go along with the lower cost of living.
agreed...i miss the snow honestly... I'd love to be able to ski and/or snowboard
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Unread 08-01-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: NY-NJ-Philly looks down at SF and laughs at the hippies
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Do you think the low cost of living is the primary reason for the population boom in the South or are people really moving here for other reasons?
Yes, I do believe the low cost of living is the primary reason for the population boom in the south.

I have an example: I have a friend who just paid 250,000 for a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom at roughly 500 sq ft in Hoboken. In the south this would buy a 4 bedroom, 3 bath house at around 2500-3000 sq ft and this goes for even for the major metro areas.

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Its not like there is really a booming economy here anymore. Thoughts?
In Dallas and Houston the economies are still booming under current economic conditions. However, outside of those two cities I agree.

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Unread 08-01-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: The City
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Low COL, Jobs and business friendly environment, and temperate winters. Three main reasons
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Unread 08-01-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Clifton Heights, Cincinnati
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Yes. Cost of living.

You get bigger houses with bigger yards for less.

People seem to like that. No matter how much city data loves density... in the real world people love big houses and big yards
Pompous much? I live in the real world, and hate big houses and big yards. Guess I must be the exception to your ridiculous rule.
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Unread 08-01-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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Low COL, Jobs and business friendly environment, and temperate winters. Three main reasons
^^^This.
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Unread 08-01-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Pompous much? I live in the real world, and hate big houses and big yards. Guess I must be the exception to your ridiculous rule.
In the real world, outside of city loving CD users, people like big houses and yards. You are the exception, however, the rule is far from ridiculous. Just look at the housing constructed within the past 50 years.
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Unread 08-01-2011, 01:42 PM
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I think people are moving due to COL, but I think that is also why some inland Northeastern metros have seen gains as well.
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