I am 23 years old and I currently live in Tampa. I will be graduating next summer with a bachelor's degree from USF (GO BULLS!) and moving to North Carolina at the end of next year (Nov) or the very beginning of 2009 (Jan). My boyfriend and I would like to know where we should move, so that we can get an idea of what we're getting into and start saving. We'd like to stay in an apartment for at least two years before we commit to a buying a house. I have been reading some of the threads and I see that it's pretty much a consensus not to move to EASTERN NC. Our requirements:
-Good paying jobs in Accounting or Management
-Fair Weather - not too hot not too cold (Florida is the absolute WORST! I would like to experience actual SEASONS
-Good public education for when children come along
-Diversity (I am black and my boyfriend is Hispanic. Race is not an issue for us, of course...but it is for others)
-Decent housing - not the slums, ghetto and nothing too pricy (living in FL is expensive enough)
I really don't want to LIVE IN THE CITY, I wouldn't mind living in a neighboring town and commuting to work (1 hr or less) daily. I grew up in the country and the city life isn't my cup of tea. I chose NC because we used to drive through it every year going to New York when I was younger and that place is absolutely beautiful.
Any guidance that you could give us would be greatly appreciated!!