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Old 12-20-2018, 01:29 PM
 
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Hi there. I am looking to move from New Jersey (born and raised) to the Southeast. We are a couple in our late thirties, no kids. Wanting a change from cold winters and aggressive, unfriendly people (yes, there are too many of those in New Jersey).

Priorities are 1) town or small city near the mountains or the coast (or very close to lots of nature); 2) friendly people without prejudices; 3) good food scene, 4) not a ton of traffic, 5) could support a corporate HR job and small/modest legal (lawyer) job, and 6) good cost of living.

Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville are all possibilities, as well as Virginia Beach, Wilmington, Savannah etc. But I might be missing places - Trying to be a bit creative - donít know much about these areas. All I can say is that I was in school in Williamsburg Virginia, and based on that experience (slower pace, friendlier people), I fell in love with the south and always wanted to get back.

Thanks so much!! Happy holidays.
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Consider Greenville SC near the Blue Ridge in western SC.

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Old 12-20-2018, 05:30 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Consider Greenville SC near the Blue Ridge in western SC.

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Good suggestion.

To the OP's list I would add:

Winston-Salem, NC
Knoxville, TN
Chattanooga, TN
Wilmington, NC
Charleston, SC
Huntsville, AL
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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Good suggestion.

To the OP's list I would add:

Winston-Salem, NC
Knoxville, TN
Chattanooga, TN
Wilmington, NC
Charleston, SC
Huntsville, AL
I would second all of these choices, including Greenville.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:44 AM
 
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Hi there. I am looking to move from New Jersey (born and raised) to the Southeast. We are a couple in our late thirties, no kids. Wanting a change from cold winters and aggressive, unfriendly people (yes, there are too many of those in New Jersey).

Priorities are 1) town or small city near the mountains or the coast (or very close to lots of nature); 2) friendly people without prejudices; 3) good food scene, 4) not a ton of traffic, 5) could support a corporate HR job and small/modest legal (lawyer) job, and 6) good cost of living.
Another fit you might consider is Columbia SC which weirdly flies under the radar often in this forum when recommendations are asked for. Being the state capital, a major college town (U of South Carolina) and home to a large military base just outside of town (Fort Jackson), it's economy has been strong and on a significant upswing due in part to a cost of living below the national average.
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:06 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Another fit you might consider is Columbia SC which weirdly flies under the radar often in this forum when recommendations are asked for. Being the state capital, a major college town (U of South Carolina) and home to a large military base just outside of town (Fort Jackson), it's economy has been strong and on a significant upswing due in part to a cost of living below the national average.
I'm actually seeing Columbia receive more recognition on this forum as each year passes. I would have mentioned it except that I didn't deem it particularly close to sea or shore. But it's not particularly far, either. At any rate, it's worthy of a recommendation.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/searc...rchid=34781512
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Another fit you might consider is Columbia SC which weirdly flies under the radar often in this forum when recommendations are asked for. Being the state capital, a major college town (U of South Carolina) and home to a large military base just outside of town (Fort Jackson), it's economy has been strong and on a significant upswing due in part to a cost of living below the national average.

I can't speak to Columbia specifically, as I'm not familiar with it. But the OP did mention wanting to be near the coast or the mountains, and Columbia isn't really all that close to either of them.


I like the idea of Greenville, myself. Not that I'm familiar with that city either, but from what I've heard about it, it sounds like it would be a good fit for the OP. And it's close to the mountains.
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:40 AM
 
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Priorities are 1) town or small city near the mountains or the coast (or very close to lots of nature); 2) friendly people without prejudices; 3) good food scene, 4) not a ton of traffic, 5) could support a corporate HR job and small/modest legal (lawyer) job, and 6) good cost of living.
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I can't speak to Columbia specifically, as I'm not familiar with it. But the OP did mention wanting to be near the coast or the mountains, and Columbia isn't really all that close to either of them.
The OP also said "or very close to lots of nature". Columbia is 40 minutes from Congaree National Park which has the largest expanse of old growth hardwoods in the Southeast US, and is one of the few oldest in the US. https://www.nps.gov/cong/index.htm The Congaree River flows through Columbia and offers kayaking/canoeing, fishing and trail hiking along it's banks. https://www.americanrivers.org/river/congaree-river/ Lake Murray is a man-made 50,000 acre, 40 mile long lake that offers all kinds of outdoor recreation and is just 30 miles from Columbia. https://www.lakemurraycountry.com/ Otherwise Columbia is centrally located between the mountains and the beach, two hours to either which still makes day trips a pretty easy undertaking. In terms of supporting a corporate HR job search and providing opportunity for a small legal firm, I would say it arguably is at (or near) the top of the list of the other cities mentioned.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:11 AM
 
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Thank you very much for these. Any other thoughts?

What would be your top two recommendations?
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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Thank you very much for these. Any other thoughts?

What would be your top two recommendations?
From your original post weighed against criteria I would place the Raleigh area first (specifically the west side around Durham, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill), followed by Greensboro-Winston Salem.
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