We live in a small town now (I have almost all of my life) and are used to the friendliness of this. 8000 population here. Central coastal California.
We need to make a big change that sets us up for retirement. I teach at Community Colleges. My husband owns a business here now (small), but may also be ready for a move where we feel more financially secure.
We have high legal costs still since being awarded guardianship of our 8 yr old, (we are biologically his grandparents) and need to find a friendly area (not overtly racist) that has the qualities of a small town.
We also wonder about differing property taxes.
We are fine with storms or humidity, but I feel scared of the hurricanes. I went through one on the North East and they are something I'd like to avoid, so I imagine we want to live away from the Coast, so any are tempered down.
We live in an area that has very little crime. I'd like that in NC too if we can find the right area. We don't need large cities. There are outlet malls 30 min. from where we are, but I don't use them much. Target or Walmart are fine and don't need to be close.
Our interests: being around some form of water, trees, maybe have a horse again, nice small town downtown area, hiking, and friendly neighborhoods. The sub-divsion homes I see on the internet, no landscaping, look too bare to me. We have a bungalow/craftsman house here, 1700 sq feet, with a nice long front porch. It was built in 1923. Perhaps a home not quite so old.
Thank you for any help you have time to give!