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Old 07-03-2009, 08:49 AM
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My wife and I, along with our four children (10, 8, 5, 2) are contemplating a move to the great Southeast. We currently live neat St. Louis, MO. It is not a bad area, but we also just want to something different in our lives. We are both from this area and we only get one go around at life.

With that being said, we have not been to either North or South Carolina, but we have done a lot of research on the area. We have driven through Georgia and it seems like the kind of place we would like to settle. I am a high school principal and my wife stays at home, but is a school psychologist by trade.

I have some questions for the great people of this site.

What are the schools like in those states? I am not real big on ratings because they are so subjective, but what are ACT scores and SAT scores for schools.

It is really humid all of the time in those states or just summer. We can stand some humidity, but not all year round.

We do not want to live in a real big city, but would like to be forty miles or less from a major city.

I really am looking for some justification to this move. I know it would satisfy a dream of ours, but we have lots of things to take into consideration. Although, in a perfect world (I found a job, my wife found a job, etc) the move would be much easier.

Thank you for your advice and help.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:00 AM
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I like SC. It's kinda overlooked, not too developed yet. Great palm-lined beaches. The Greenville area's unemployment rate is at the national average. It's a short drive to Atlanta and Charlotte. The mts are nearby and the beach is a morning's drive away. Summers in the South are always hot but unlike the North, everything is air conditioned. It's a growing area so there is probably work to be found in the schools.

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Old 07-04-2009, 09:33 AM
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As far as schools are concerned, the schools in the major metro areas of the state tend to be the better ones, so since you're looking for proximity to larger cities, you should be OK as far as schools are concerned. Some places I'd recommend are Rock Hill, SC/Fort Mill, SC, just a few minutes south of Charlotte (Fort Mill has some of the best schools in SC; even some parents from Charlotte have jumped the border for the schools); Lexington, SC, just a few miles west of Columbia; Greer, SC, which sits between Greenville and Spartanburg; and Summerville, SC, a few minutes north of Charleston. The Raleigh area has some good schools from what I've heard, but I can't really recommend any specific towns in that area as I'm not too familiar with it. As for Georgia, I'm really only familiar with the Atlanta area, but not the schools.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:44 AM
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Originally Posted by greyfox2000 View Post
Summers in the South are always hot but unlike the North, everything is air conditioned.

Ummm, we aren't stuck in 1950 here in the north.
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