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Old 10-09-2018, 04:07 PM
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Location: Miami
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I have been to Birmingham. I think it has potential. But instinctively I feel that culturally it wouldn't be a good fit for a 57 year old guy from Illinois with no contacts.
Hey, you never know...

I say send him to the Magic City Classic, he'd probably enjoy himself.
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:21 PM
 
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Obviously I'm bias since I live in N. Virginia but all things being equal I would definitely say Virginia. Virginia, for the most part, is the most evolved southern state. It's not the deep south, it's not as regressive as other parts of south. It's highly educated and wealthy, despite it being in the south it has tons of high paying jobs similar to northern states (and access to jobs in DC).

It's also more (newly) liberal than its neighbors to the south if you're into that kind of thing so there are a lot of pros than cons, can't say that for some other southern states imo. But it also depends on your personality, what you like, etc.
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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And as much as I love Virginia, it tends to have a higher COL than most other southern states.
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Given your original post and chosen profession, I highly recommend finding a place that is in striking distance to Atlanta or Nashville and perhaps Charlotte biased towards Upstate Carolina.

It doesn't have to be in those cities, but I'd choose something in striking distance. The largest warehouse facilities are often at the edges of town where there are cheaper exurban towns to live in.

They are larger in-land transportation hubs than most other cities in the area. There are far more large transfer warehouses in them per capita. There is stronger demand for truck driver's per capita. That means more job options, job incentives, increased pay, and more competition for employer's finding drivers.

Atlanta has about 700 million square feet of warehouse space, while Charlotte and Nashville have around 200msf each. Much of that is built as distribution/transfer warehouses, beyond just local city distribution. Little can compete with that in terms of total job opportunities for you.


Good luck!
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Chattanooga, Knoxville, or Greenville would be great choices. All have beautiful scenery and small towns around them.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:15 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Obviously I'm bias since I live in N. Virginia but all things being equal I would definitely say Virginia. Virginia, for the most part, is the most evolved southern state. It's not the deep south, it's not as regressive as other parts of south. It's highly educated and wealthy, despite it being in the south it has tons of high paying jobs similar to northern states (and access to jobs in DC).

It's also more (newly) liberal than its neighbors to the south if you're into that kind of thing so there are a lot of pros than cons, can't say that for some other southern states imo. But it also depends on your personality, what you like, etc.
I agree with you on VA being the most evolved southern state in the union. People don't really think of Virginia as southern because of the northern part of the state even Richmond is trying to disassociate themselves with the South. I remember reading a thread a while back about "Is Richmond Southern" ad a lot of the peopeople said "not anymore" even the ones who moved there from up north felt it was more northern. Last year when the Charlottesville mass cure happen a girl from Richmond said she didn't felt like she really live in the south despite Richmond being in Virginia. It just shows how progressive Virginia has gotten. North Carolina on the other hand still sees it self as the south.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:51 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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I love the south but I don’t know what southern state is best or right for you. One thing I believe is that if you want mountains and southern lifestyle why not also pick a state that has that AND borders the ocean, that way you’re not a far drive away. There are lots of areas that fit that bill. Good luck. My pick though: Virginia or North Carolina.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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My vote would be North Carolina. Has the coast, mountains, hills, great combination of quality metros and small towns, great variety of climates across the state, lots of outdoors activity, natural beauty, a great economy, affordable. Virginia would be a close 2nd. Nice thread.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:57 PM
 
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Thanks, that is good info. I too have been to Charlotte in the summer (I used to be an OTR trucker), and it was frying pan hot.
In the summers, most U.S. cities are "frying pan" hot. I go to DC, NYC a lot and have been in the Boston area for the last 2 summers. They all were as hot and humid as Charlotte's ever been. These last 2 summers in Boston were very oppressive.
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