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Old 06-15-2015, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Weather, Taxes, loss of jobs (they were hit just as bad as the south was when textiles towns shutdown, up there is was mining towns), housing costs, traffic... I could go on,

 
Old 06-16-2015, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Pie shape
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People who don't want to leave family would stay. In most areas you need quite a bit of money to live decently. The weather in the Winter months was one reason I left. Fall is kinda nice up there though.
Yup I know so many people who would like to leave NJ because of the outrageous property taxes, traffic, etc., but stay because they don't want to leave family (aging parents in particular, esp. when there are grandchildren).
 
Old 06-16-2015, 05:22 AM
 
Location: NC
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Why did you leave New York / New Jersey Boston whatever.

What kinda people are staying there?

Why is it so bad there? And yet good here?
If you want to be around your fellow Jerseyites, New Yorkers and Lon-Guylanders, then this is a more likely place than the North East.

Up there, it's so crowded that nobody goes there anymore....
 
Old 06-16-2015, 06:01 AM
 
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I moved from Pittsburgh due to the constant cloudy weather. We've been here only a short time and it's amazing how many more sunny days there are over here. I also like all the greenway trails and the healthier food options and healthier in general lifestyles.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Cost of living, property taxes. I didn't live in NYC, but a couple hours north, and even with two gainfully employed young adults who had saved thousands for a year to buy a home, we still felt priced out. The winter was also brutal. Most people we know living there still (married couples with families, 20s-30s), either live in their parents' basements, or live in a home their parents own. No thanks.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 06:10 AM
 
Location: US
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High Taxes
 
Old 06-16-2015, 06:30 AM
 
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Cost of living, property taxes. I didn't live in NYC, but a couple hours north, and even with two gainfully employed young adults who had saved thousands for a year to buy a home, we still felt priced out. The winter was also brutal. Most people we know living there still (married couples with families, 20s-30s), either live in their parents' basements, or live in a home their parents own. No thanks.
This^^. I lived on LI and it applied there too. Some many employed people living with parents because they can't afford a house/taxes. It is depressing and stressful to feel like you will never be ahead even though you are working you tail off and commuting 4 hours a day. Staying just because family chooses to live there would have cheating ourselves out of a better life.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 07:11 AM
 
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Instead of fixing our problems where we are, we bring our problems to wherever we go.

[stupid thought from a former Long Islander -> D.C. area -> Los Angeles CA -> San Jose CA -> Upstate NY'ker -> current Raleigh area resident]
 
Old 06-16-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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This^^. I lived on LI and it applied there too. Some many employed people living with parents because they can't afford a house/taxes. It is depressing and stressful to feel like you will never be ahead even though you are working you tail off and commuting 4 hours a day. Staying just because family chooses to live there would have cheating ourselves out of a better life.
Totally agree. I have family members on both sides who just don't realize it doesn't have to be that way. Oddly all of the people who feel that way live on LI. There also seems to be a general feeling in my family that it's not ok to move away from your parents/other family members at all, which I think is absurd (but we put the fun in dysfunction)

Edit: I was invited to a graduation party on LI on a recent Sunday evening. Obviously I cannot attend. People were angry.
 
Old 06-16-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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When my parents left Connecticut around 2005 it was almost impossible to buy a decent home for less than half a million and property taxes on their house were almost $15,000/year (on a home worth about 500k). This was not in Greenwich either, but a small inland town that really could have been Anywhere, USA. Salaries up there are not that much higher and certainly don't support the higher COL for those with normal middle-class jobs. Sure, the seasons can be nice but it is really a land of extremes where you have to worry about 3 feet of snow and 100+ degree temperatures in the same year. Obviously many people are finding that it just isn't worth it in the end and moving provides a more pleasant overall experience. Having grown up there I have no desire to ever go back, not even to visit.
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