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Old 06-07-2007, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I am getting sicker and sicker of all the problems of the DC area and now even my mother is starting to agree a little bit. I know a lot of folks from the Northeast are moving to NC. Any idea where a lot of folks from DC area are moving?
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Old 06-07-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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My general impression is that people in the DC area are heading to the same places everyone else is for the same reasons (cheaper homes, less frenetic, warmer winters, etc.). The main places I hear about from people here in terms of where they're planning to move or where they have family or friends moving, are Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta and Nashville. I remember when I was younger hearing about Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle, but there doesn't seem to me to be as many people from here heading West nowadays. There's also a lot who are moving from the inner suburbs to the extreme fringes of the area, places like the West Virginia panhandle, the Eastern Shore of Maryland or St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties, and rural-ish areas out towards Winchester, Front Royal and Warrenton. That's my own unscientific observation.

My family however is bucking the trend towards Southern migration in this country. When my mother moved out of the area two years ago, she moved to the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area where she's originally from. She loves it. Winters are colder, snower and drearier, the economy not as diverse and jobs pay way less and there's less to do as far as recreational activities, but still, she was able to buy a nice home for half the price that she sold her townhouse for in Virginia, the traffic is non-existent, and she finds the people much friendlier (albeit extremely provincial and more conservative than she's become accustomed to in the DC area). My younger brother is likely to follow within the next two years, either to Harrisburg or the Philadelphia area. Myself, I'm heading to New York, at least for the time being.
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Old 06-07-2007, 02:14 PM
 
Location: wrong planet
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We just moved from Greenbelt to central MA, don't know if that counts, since we did not live in DC, but we were on the "green line", LOL. Better air, beautiful hills, lakes etc. I don't miss the Beltway, the code orange/red days, the craziness.....
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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We just moved from Greenbelt to central MA, don't know if that counts, since we did not live in DC, but we were on the "green line", LOL. Better air, beautiful hills, lakes etc. I don't miss the Beltway, the code orange/red days, the craziness.....
is it more expensive in MA? b/c standard of living is one of the bigger problems with the DC area.
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:20 PM
 
Location: wrong planet
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No.... for the price we sold our brick townhouse in Greenbelt, we bought a small single family home here, my husband gets the same wages. Electricity is cheaper, gas about the same, food slightly higher, but I shop at a health food store, I think "regular" food prices are about the same. Our car insurance is a few $ more, but only $20 or so/year. Property taxes are about the same, too.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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We left D.C. and moved to Seattle. We absolutely love it.
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I am getting sicker and sicker of all the problems of the DC area and now even my mother is starting to agree a little bit. I know a lot of folks from the Northeast are moving to NC. Any idea where a lot of folks from DC area are moving?
I know when I visited Richmond, there were many, many DC transplants.
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