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Old 09-12-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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Hey all,

My boyfriend and I plan on relocating in a couple years. We are from Columbus, OH and need a change! But we can't even narrow it down yet to which state we'd like to move to... Georgia or North or South Carolina. I'm a nurse and he is in finance. We also hate cold winters and snow! No kids so not worried about schools or anything yet. Anyone have any suggestions to help us narrow it down to at least one state or city?!?!

Thanks!!!!

Em
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Hey all,

My boyfriend and I plan on relocating in a couple years. We are from Columbus, OH and need a change! But we can't even narrow it down yet to which state we'd like to move to... Georgia or North or South Carolina. I'm a nurse and he is in finance. We also hate cold winters and snow! No kids so not worried about schools or anything yet. Anyone have any suggestions to help us narrow it down to at least one state or city?!?!

Thanks!!!!

Em
Knowing what I have learned after my relocation from NYC to SC a few years ago. My advice for you would be that when deciding which state/city to relocate to you should do a thorough investigation. After a lay off found it very difficult to find a decent paying office job here in SC for someone like me who works sitting in an office at a computer all day long. In other words have a white collar resume and found myself looking for work in a blue collar state/city!

As a nurse you will probably have no difficulty finding work in a hospital located in any of the three states that you mentioned but depending on which state/city you choose finding a decent paying office job for your boyfriend in finance may be difficult. Try to research and find out whether the area you are interested in moving to is progressive or not when it comes to things like:

Offering diverse employment opportunities
Pay scale


Another piece of advice that I would like to give you is not to rush into commiting to something like a home purchase. Rent an apartment for a while until you determine whether you like the area, at least then if things do not work out you can just pack up and move someplace else. All three are lovely states and offer nice weather and natural beauty so good luck.
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Pelion, South Carolina/orig. from Cape May, NJ
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All I can say is: do your homework, and do it thoroughly. We came here (right outside of Columbia SC) 8 months ago and we're already planning to move back to NJ. My husband is a regular Joe who works blue-collar jobs, and he hasn't been able to find work since we moved here. I'm not impressed with anything here, except the weather and the sweet tea.
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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All I can say is: do your homework, and do it thoroughly. We came here (right outside of Columbia SC) 8 months ago and we're already planning to move back to NJ. My husband is a regular Joe who works blue-collar jobs, and he hasn't been able to find work since we moved here. I'm not impressed with anything here, except the weather and the sweet tea.
Ouch. You guys really moved at the wrong time. Had it been any other time, your husband probably would have found work relatively quickly.
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: North Dallas
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My advice before moving anywhere is to make sure you have a JOB lined up.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: SC
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Hey all,

My boyfriend and I plan on relocating in a couple years. We are from Columbus, OH and need a change! But we can't even narrow it down yet to which state we'd like to move to... Georgia or North or South Carolina. I'm a nurse and he is in finance. We also hate cold winters and snow! No kids so not worried about schools or anything yet. Anyone have any suggestions to help us narrow it down to at least one state or city?!?!

Thanks!!!!

Em
I lived in NC and SC. SC hands down.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Pelion, South Carolina/orig. from Cape May, NJ
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Ouch. You guys really moved at the wrong time. Had it been any other time, your husband probably would have found work relatively quickly.

Yeah, well my "best friend" told us her BF could probably pull some strings to get him a job. She gave us the rose-colored-glasses version of SC, and once we got here, nothing happened. She left us to sink or swim.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:25 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Yeah, well my "best friend" told us her BF could probably pull some strings to get him a job. She gave us the rose-colored-glasses version of SC, and once we got here, nothing happened. She left us to sink or swim.
I can definitely relate to what you are saying. Had some people that cheered me on too......all I heard was how I should leave the high costs associated with living in the northeast and head south. Well the low cost housing and nice weather definitely worked out nicely. However the job opportunities here in SC have been a big disappointment. The illusion of the grass looking greener on the other side is definitely true........I have now realized that all the years I was living in NYC I took what that city had to offer for granted.

Having beautiful low cost housing is great but homes, cars and decent paying jobs all go hand in hand, can not have one without the others!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I can definitely relate to what you are saying. Had some people that cheered me on too......all I heard was how I should leave the high costs associated with living in the northeast and head south. Well the low cost housing and nice weather definitely worked out nicely. However the job opportunities here in SC have been a big disappointment. The illusion of the grass looking greener on the other side is definitely true........I have now realized that all the years I was living in NYC I took what that city had to offer for granted.

Having beautiful low cost housing is great but homes, cars and decent paying jobs all go hand in hand, can not have one without the others!!
Coming from the guy who has a large house and a good job. Should I post the pics you took of your house here in Greenville that you posted on the New York forum? I love games New York Born. Do you want to play one?
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:50 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Coming from the guy who has a large house and a good job. Should I post the pics you took of your house here in Greenville that you posted on the New York forum? I love games New York Born. Do you want to play one?
Please post my beautiful pictures they serve to validate what I have said on here!! Beautiful homes and no jobs to pay for theses homes. By the way the next time you decide to try and call someone out get your facts together.......I am a woman not a guy and you will notice where I mentioned my lay off and having a difficult time finding a decent paying job in SC to replace it. SC offers beautiful living when people are retired but offers little for those that are still working and want to make some money.

I know that you are a native of SC and want to defend your state and as you mentioned I have stood up for SC many times on the NYC forum when people have said negative things. However when those on the NYC forum bring up the topic of jobs and pay scales in SC that is where I can not defend it any longer. Greenville, SC is sitting right in the middle of Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC progress but for some strange reason is no where near as progressive. SC as a whole is a dumping ground for low paying back breaking labor jobs and it lags behind most states when it comes to job opportunities and offering people a living wage that they can survive on. Then again you are a 20 something year old college kid who is still living at home on your parents wallet so you have no idea what it is like to be an adult living on your own with bills! When your parents stop changing your diapers then you can get on here and have a discussion with adults!

Now I have no more time to play with children.

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