My husband and I are planning to move to either NC or SC, I am seeking opinions on areas that are family friendly, great school systems, cultural (or close enough to do things), outdoor activities.
?What do you like best and least, did you grow up or move here?
Hello and Good Luck on your search.
My husband and I are from baltimore, MD and we moved to Anderson, SC (population 25,000) two years ago. We absolutely love it and try everyday to talk our families into doing the same. It is a slight culture shock at first but people are incredibly nice and it is very family oriented. Everywhere you go there are children and we have no crime. We live about 2 minutes from Lake Hartwell which is the largest manmade lake in the country and they have boat rentals, beaches, fishing, hiking and bike trails. We are also about 10 min south of clemson which owns numerous hiking trails and mountain bike trails and we are about 1 hr south of the blue ridge mountains were you can find all the same things plus white water rafting and all that fun stuff.
If you are looking to move south it depends on what you want. If you want the city life, charlotte NC, and Columbia, SC are going to be more like the north but the smaller cities like Anderson are Greenwood will over the real southern hospitality. Also if you go closer to the beaches it will have a lot more nothern traits.
As for cost of living here it is incredibly cheaper. You can buy a house on a lake with 4br3ba for $200,000. Gas is about 2.35 a gallon and mile is 2.75 a gallon. Our taxes for our house were only $200 last year.
Although Anderson is small we have every chain store and lots of restaurants so it's not like moving to the boone docks! If you want something bigger and more city but not like the north I would highly recommend Greenville. We love it there but it is too far of a commute for my work or we would have moved there. It's beautiful and they have an awesome downtown with a river that run through the middle of it. They have recently put in a curfew of 10:00 pm for anyone under 18 in the city to keep it safe. It's wonderful.
Sorry to make this so long. Hope this helps. If you have any questions please let me know!